EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Sweden
Region: Uppsala län; Östra Mellansverige
Location of affected unit(s): Heby


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.91 - Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 19-03-2020
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Employment Effect Start: 19-03-2020
Foreseen End Date: 31-05-2020
Planned Job Creation: 200

Additional Information

On 19 March 2020, Apotea, a Swedish pharmacy that sells products exclusively online, has announced the recruitment of 100 new employees at company's logistics centre located in Heby. In May 2020, the company announced that 200 people, in total, have found new jobs at the plant since the beginning of March 2020.

According to the company, demand for their products has increased rapidly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and facing the sudden medications demand has required a lot of re-organising in terms of shifts, new machinery and recruitment of new employees. In March 2020, the company has also reported temporary employees 'borrowing' from companies operating in sectors where the COVID-19 pandemic had led to sudden drops in demand.