Sainsbury's and Boots announce job losses

8 March 2017 - Janet Bird

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Two of Britain's best known retailers have announced hundreds of job losses.

Sainsbury's has revealed it is to axe 400 staff jobs in a major restructure that will also affect the working hours of thousands more employees.

Around 400 further jobs are at risk at Boots, where a restructure will lead to the closure of 220 of its 320 photo labs around the country.

The Sainsbury's job losses arise from the scrapping of the role of price controller in its stores - a member of staff who is responsible for checking price labels around the supermarket are accurate.

The supermarket said those affected by the change will be offered a redundancy package or will be redeployed to another role within the company.

Four thousand more staff will find their hours change as the Big Four grocer is scrapping night shifts in 140 of its stores. They will instead be offered early morning or late evening shifts.

Boots said the restructure of its photo business reflected the changing demands of its customers. Instead of focusing on traditional one-hour photo development services, the company's photo kiosks, which offer unmanned and instant printouts of digital photos from smartphones and USB sticks, will now be the primary option for Boots customers.

However, the chemist stressed that three quarters of customers will remain within a 30 minute drive of one of the 100 Boots photo labs that will remain following the changes.

The company also promised staff affected by the job cuts would be offered retraining and redeployment if at all possible.

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