Skip to main content

Asda cuts hundreds of jobs at head office

| International retailers

Asda has axed hundreds of jobs at its head office in Leeds and a further site in Leicester as part of a cost-cutting drive to help it adapt to the challenging operating conditions and changing shopper behaviour.

Around 300 roles have been cut with affected staff told yesterday that they were losing their jobs.  Meanwhile, a further 800 of Asda’s 2,500 head office workers have had their job descriptions changed as part of the shake-up.

A spokesperson for the company said: “In recent years, the competitive landscape in retail has changed significantly and Asda has been no different. Our stores have adapted the way they operate to meet the changing needs of our customers, and our home offices must also adapt how they operate to support our stores.”

They added: “The changes are in response to the ever changing sector in which we’re working and the need to adapt to create an agile business which is fit for the future.”

Asda’s decision to shake-up its office functions follows similar moves in recent years by the big four supermarket multiples as they battle the rise of discounters and online retailers.

Asda recently reported its first quarterly like-for-like sales growth for three years amidst a turnaround plan being led by new chief executive, Sean Clarke. However, its results for last yearwere its worst since it was taken over by Walmart in 1999 with pre-tax profits tumbling 18.8% to £791.7m on the back of dismal sales performance.

Last month, it was reported that Asda was planning to cut the working hours of thousands of store staff, or even eliminate their positions, as part of its cost-cutting plans.

Pin It

Related Articles

SPAR, the world’s largest food retail voluntary chain, has seen annual retail sales break the €40 billion mark for the first time, today reporting global sales revenue of €41.2 billion for the year ending December 31st, 2021. The figures represent...
Since the turn of the century and consistently for nearly a decade before the COVID-19 pandemic ravished global markets, Africa was home to the fastest growing economies. The shoots of positive growth it demonstrated afforded it the title of the “...
Last year’s Black Friday retail sales massively underperformed for many reasons, according to Marino Sigalas, Account Director at The MediaShop. He says that some consumers were not comfortable with the thought of being shoulder to shoulder with o...
Retailer Checkers says that customers using its Sixty60 home delivery service will now be able to benefit from its Xtra Savings rewards programme.
In the UK a government minister is calling for a new law to ban wet wipes that contain plastic. Labour minister Fleur Anderson argues that around 90% of the 11 billion wet wipes used in the UK per year contain some form of plastic that turns into ...