The Very Group cuts 141 roles in wake up coronavirus pandemic

25 June 2020 (Last Updated June 25th, 2020 14:20)

Multi-brand online retailer the Very Group has reportedly laid off 141 employees amid coronavirus pandemic.

Multi-brand online retailer the Very Group has reportedly laid off 141 employees amid coronavirus pandemic.

The move is part of the company’s restructuring plan, creating 106 head office roles and 35 customer care roles redundant.

The retailer also intends to create 100 new roles across its technology division under this restructuring plan.

Employees affected by the decision have been reportedly informed.

The Very Group chief executive Henry Birch was quote by the industry.fashion as saying: “As we look to the future, we need the right team structures, working practices and environments to enable us to meet the opportunities and tackle the challenges that lie ahead.

“That means reshaping our business and bringing in new people and skills to enhance our capabilities.

“Unfortunately, that also means that we will be making a number of existing roles redundant.

“In making these changes, we are committed to supporting our impacted colleagues through what we know will be a difficult time and will work closely with our recognised trade union, Usdaw.”

Besides the restructuring, the company is planning to introduce measures that encourage digital ways of working and enhance flexibility and autonomy.

The move will result in The Very Group closing its customer care site in Aintree next year, while its 500 employees will be allocated new work set-up.

In February, the company opened a new fulfilment centre at East Midlands Gateway.

The facility features advanced automated technology, such as automated item selection, advanced picking, single and multi-order automatic packaging and automated sortation capabilities.