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Sainsbury’s restructures logistics operation, affecting 7,000 roles

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Sainsbury’s has unveiled plans to simplify its logistics operations as part of a major restructure that will affect around 7,000 employees.

According to the Big 4 grocer, the move will allow the business to invest further in modernising its logistics operations and improving customer service, in line with its food first strategy.

As a result, Sainsbury’s will move three dedicated partnerships across transport, food, general merchandise and clothing by the end of next year, instead of multiple different contracts across the network.

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Around 3,000 Sainsbury’s colleagues will transfer to DHL, GXO or Wincanton and around a further 4,000 colleagues who already work for these companies will also transfer between them.

Sainsbury’s said: “During the next 15 months, Sainsbury’s will work closely with colleagues, unions and partners to prioritise and support those who are impacted by these changes.”

“We know these are big, bold changes and we have invested a huge amount of time planning this transformation to make sure it is successful,” Sainsbury’s CEO Simon Roberts said.

“We believe our logistics and fulfilment operation will be one of our key competitive advantages in the future and today’s announcement will benefit our whole network through knowledge sharing and increased innovation. We’re confident that these changes will help us continue to invest where it will make the most impact for customers, now and in the future.

“We understand that this is an important announcement for affected colleagues within Sainsbury’s, Argos and across our logistics partners and we will support them through this consultation process.

“With these changes, our focus is on improving the service we offer our stores and customers, accessing global expertise, and providing new career paths for the future – no matter which partner our colleagues are working for.”

This follows Sainsbury’s plans to invest £220 million back into its logistics network over the next three years.

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