EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
46.9 - Non-specialised wholesale trade
Number Employed: 69631
Group: Boots Group

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 14-03-2006
Planned Job Reductions min: 2250
Planned Job Reductions max: 2250
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Foreseen End Date: 31-03-2009

Additional Information

Boots, the health and beauty retailer, today announced plans to cut 2,250 jobs as it reorganises its warehouse operations. The retailer has been changing its supply chain in the last two years by transferring sorting work to its regional and central warehouses. 'The reconfigured supply chain will further reduce stock holding, improve productivity and lower property costs. When completed, the reconfiguration will result in job losses, estimated to be around 2,250,' the company said. Boots said the three-year timescale for the changes to its supply chain meant that there was a good opportunity to minimise redundancies through natural wastage.