Tesco sees up to 9,000 employees impacted from restructuring of stores
Tesco said in a statement, "Contrary to media reports over the weekend, we do not plan to make any significant changes to bakeries this year. Overall, we estimate that up to 9,000 Tesco colleague roles could be impacted, however, our expectation is that up to half of these colleagues could be redeployed to other customer-facing roles. We are working with our third party providers to understand the impact on their staff in our colleague hot food service. Media speculation over the weekend was premature and we have accelerated our communications to colleagues in order to reduce the significant uncertainty created by incorrect information. We will be doing all we can to help colleagues affected by these changes, including offering redeployment opportunities wherever possible." The company explained, "Since we launched our turnaround four years ago, we have built a stronger business focused on serving our customers. Whilst this turnaround continues, it does so in a competitive and challenging market. Today we've briefed our colleagues on some changes we're making to our stores and offices to further simplify our business, so that we can continue to invest in serving our customers. We continually review our business on this basis and communicate changes to our colleagues first." Tesco expects that around 90 stores will close their counters, with the remaining 700 trading with either a full or flexible counter. It said, "As our business changes, we are also changing the way we manage our stock. After a number of trials, we have found a simpler way to conduct our store routines and will be rolling this out to all of our stores. These changes mean a significantly reduced workload, with fewer hours needed to complete the routines."