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Tesco announces distribution network restructure

Tesco announces distribution network restructure

Tesco has announced that it is to shake up its distribution network by relocating a large number of staff members.

The retailer announced that it will be closing facilities in Harlow, Weybridge and Chesterfield and transferring around 2,000 positions to two new centres in Reading and Dagenham. The supermarket is looking to significantly streamline its distribution network, which will result in a number of job losses. The Harlow site will see the drop of 800 positions while Barlborough, near Chesterfield, and Weybridge will experience falls of 400 and 650 respectively.

Tesco stated that the restructuring of the distribution centre network will help to cut back on road miles and thus reducing costs. It also stated that modern technology at the new sites will help the retailer improve its service for stores and suppliers around the UK.

A spokesman for the retailer said: "We've been reviewing our distribution network, and have today confirmed plans to close some of our current distribution centres and open new ones that will give our customers a better service and improve working conditions for our colleagues.

"Colleagues who are affected will be offered jobs at other Tesco sites, including at the two new distribution sites we have confirmed today that we will be opening, in Reading and Dagenham. Two thousand jobs will be created at those sites."

The move follows a decision by Tesco which resulted in the announcement of a reopening of a distribution centre in Milton Keynes. The Fenny Lock facility had previously been closed after the retailer signalled its intention to move to the biggest centre of Daventry, Northamptonshire.

However, the company made a dramatic U-turn on its verdict and stated that the Milton Keynes centre will be opened once again in May leading to the creation of 300 jobs.

Tesco went on to state that there will be some relocations as part of the move but maintained that staff involved will receive the full support of the firm during this move.


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