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Sainsbury’s to cut 1,500 jobs to save £1 billion

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Sainsbury's is to cut around roughly 1,500 positions in an effort to cut costs.

The supermarket giant plans to redirect £1 billion in savings back into the company over the next three years. 

The job reductions will primarily affect the supermarket's contact center in Cheshire, its in-store bakeries, and certain local fulfilment centres.

The supermarket intends to offer alternative employment opportunities "where possible."

Most of the Widnes call center roles are to be shifted to Careline Services, a key service partner, as part of Sainsbury's cost-saving measures. 

This move aligns with the company's shift towards more efficient in-store baking processes, prompting a review and consultation with bakery staff across various locations.

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Sainsbury's plans to reduce its merchandise distribution network as part of a broader investment in technology and innovation.

It’ll decrease the need for several local fulfillment centers.

Simon Roberts, Sainsbury's CEO, described these layoffs as crucial steps in the company's ongoing strategy to enhance value and service for its customers. 

He said: "I know today's news is unsettling for affected colleagues and we will do everything we can to support them."

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