On Thursday, Nike abruptly shut down its largest distribution center in Frayser, Tennessee after an employee tested positive for Covid-19. The 2.8 million-square-foot facility is where most of the brand’s sneakers are shipped out of and is now undergoing a rigorous disinfection process.
“The health and safety of our team is always our first priority,” Nike shared in an official statement to MLK50. “We have temporarily closed one of our Memphis, TN, distribution facilities. During this period, we will be conducting a comprehensive disinfection process. We are targeting to reopen at 6 a.m. Sunday, April 5.”
According to the report, employees were informed that one of them had tested positive for the virus and of the decision to shut down during a meeting on Thursday. Workers were told that they would continue to be paid during the temporary closure and were given a hotline number to call for additional information.
The North American Logistic Campus in Frayser is Nike’s largest in the world and one of the most vital locations of the brand’s online commerce operations. It remains to be seen how this temporary closure will affect Nike’s distribution globally.