The board of directors of Swiss retailer Migros Supermarket has approved a new organisational structure, to be implemented on 1 July 2024. 

It was developed by the management of Migros along with a project team from all directorates and an external consulting group. 

The new structure delivers simplified processes, lean structures and clear roles.  

Migros Supermarket CEO Peter Diethelm said: “We want to be simpler and faster – that’s what we’ve geared the new organisation towards.”  

The realignment necessitates cutting 150 full-time positions at the Limmatplatz location in Zurich.

To mitigate the impact of the dismissals, Migros Group has established a comprehensive national social plan in collaboration with internal and external social partners.  

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Affected employees will receive individual benefits based on factors such as seniority and age and will be supported by Human Resources and specialised external partners in finding new roles. 

Peter Diethelm added: “I am aware that dismissal is stressful and painful for the employees affected. It affects many valued and long-standing colleagues. It is important to me that we provide all affected employees with comprehensive and competent support in their professional reorientation”.

There will also be a change in the management of the Fresh department.  

Sandra Stöckli, who is in charge of the Fresh Food Directorate, will step down at the end of June for personal reasons and leave Migros at the end of August 2024.  

The food and freshness directorates will merge into a single directorate, headed by Miriam Richter, to streamline processes. 

The planned sale of Melectronics will also result in changes at 50 larger Migros supermarket branches, where the integrated sales areas for electronics will be scaled back.  

The Nutri-Score nutritional label will be phased out from Migros products, and the food delivery service FoodNow will be discontinued at the end of May 2024 as part of the focus on core business.