Carrefour to axe 3,000 jobs

French retailer Carrefour plans to axe 3000 jobs from its hypermarket stores in France, according to media reports last Friday.

Speaking to Reuters, a spokeswoman confirmed the plan cuts had increased from 1,230 to 3,000 and will be rolled out via a voluntary scheme.

While declining to comment on the savings the new plan would generate, the spokeswoman told Reuters it could increase the number of voluntary departures through an additional early retirement scheme.

Reuters said the supermarket giant and unions are mulling over a conventional collective bargaining agreement. Carrefour is aiming to finalise the agreement by mid-May and implement during the second half of the year.

Earlier this year, the supermarket chain has launched artificial intelligence to optimise its inventory management and reduce waste as part of the “Carrefour 2022″ transformation plan. The €2 billion annual investment involves an 18-month trial of several IT and digital technology projects.

Inside FMCG has contacted Carrefour for a comment.

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