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Auchan adapts its organization by cutting 1,475 positions in France



           


Auchan wants to get closer to the living areas with its Auchan Pedestrian Auchan like the one inaugurated on September 3, 2020 in Lille (photo: Auchan Retail)
Auchan wants to get closer to the living areas with its Auchan Pedestrian Auchan like the one inaugurated on September 3, 2020 in Lille (photo: Auchan Retail)
FRANCE. Auchan Retail (€46 billion in sales in 2019 and 329,694 employees including 75,000 in France) plans to divest 1,475 positions in France. The retail brand will proceed "to the net elimination of 1,088 jobs currently occupied (1,475 positions would be eliminated, of which ten would be vacant and 377 would be created)", specifies the management of Auchan Retail France in a press release. Cashiers are not affected by these redundancies, but will have to become multi-skilled.

The French group justifies this announcement by an adaptation "to the new expectations of consumers and citizens". It involves a new "organization of hypermarkets, the merchandise chain and after-sales service" which will see the elimination of after-sales service reception in hypermarkets and the closure of nine of the eleven repair centers, only those in Aubagne and Trappes will be retained. Auchan will rely on the manufacturers' repair services.

The brand will also intensify "digital proximity, an axis which could allow the creation of about 600 jobs", as Auchan Retail France indicates, with the creation of 300 "pedestrian drives".

The approach began in January 2020 with the retailer's Auchan 2022 plan, which forecasts savings of around 1.1 billion euros and 677 voluntary departures. This second phase comes at a time when the thirteenth largest food group in the world, present in fourteen countries with 2,293 stores, is experiencing the effects of Covid-19 accelerating the adoption of new consumer trends.


Frédéric Dubessy


Wednesday, September 9th 2020



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