Chain to Add Store Jobs, Cut HQ

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Apr 07, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson


The UK’s number two supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s, is planning on adding 10,000 part-timers to its store payrolls to improve speed through the checkout. The majority of the new hires will work as cashiers and bag packers.


Sainsbury is also said to be considering cutting up to 650 members of its headquarters’ staff. A spokeswoman told Sky News “a review was going on but said reports on the scale or timetable of any job losses were pure speculation.”


Moderator’s Comment: Is it common for supermarkets
to be top heavy; having too many headquarters’ staff and not enough store coverage?


Sainsbury’s is reportedly taking this action because it
has decided that it was putting too much emphasis on cost controls and not enough
on serving the customer. [George
Anderson – Moderator
]

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