EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Germany
Region: Hamburg
Location of affected unit(s): Hamburg


Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
52.10 - Warehousing and storage
Number Employed: 840
Group: Otto

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 04-09-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 840
Planned Job Reductions max: 840
Type of Restructuring: Offshoring/Delocalisation
Employment Effect Start: 01-07-2021
Other Job Reduction Measures: 840

Additional Information

As announced on 4 September 2020, the German online and mail order specialist Otto plans to close its returns processing site in Hamburg next year, which will result in the loss of 840 jobs. The company will offshore the activities to its sites in Poland and Czech Republic, because of lower costs. The closure of the Hamburg site is expected to take place in mid-2021 when current dismissal protection runs out.

The trade union Verdi is criticising this step and accusing Otto of showing no social responsibility, as most of the 840 employees are part-time working women, who will have difficulties finding a new job in the current crisis.