Asda has unveiled plans to cut around 750 jobs across its stores and head office as it faces structural change” in the grocery industry.
According to Retail Week, the supermarket giant has confirmed that up to 500 store staff will be axed while 250 roles will also be lost at its headquarters in Leeds.
Asda, which launched a consultation into 5,000 store-based jobs and around 1,000 head office postions in January, will close staff canteens in all of its stores and call time on some of its shopfloor services, including photo processing and its create your own pizza counters.
The supermarket giant will instead be offering free tea and coffee to staff in all stores and will also give employees an additional 10% discount on takeaway food such as sandwiches, in addition to the 10% discount they already receive.
The changes, which form part of Asda’s 18-month Project Renewal to prioritise ”investment to better address the fast-changing needs of its customers” have seen the majority of the 5,000 store staff redeployed, while around 200 have already taken redundancy, the grocer said.