LONDON — Boots, the U.K. and Ireland health and beauty retailer that’s a division of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., said Monday that it will cut around 700 non-store jobs from its work force, a result of a new plan intended to “drive continued growth over the coming years.”
The job losses will come as the firm “simplifies” the structure of its support functions, Boots said.
The roles will be cut through a combination of “natural attrition, redeployment, retraining and redundancy,” the retailer added in a statement. The firm noted that some roles may shift to other areas, such as digital and delivering the firm’s new customer offer, and Boots will begin a formal consultation with employees who are affected “in due course.”
The job losses are part of the Walgreens Boots Alliance cost restructuring program, which the firm detailed in April. At the time, Walgreens Boots said that it would shutter 200 U.S. stores, but open 200 over the same period.
As part of the latest changes Boots detailed Monday, the company said it plans to reinvent its customer offer, focus on customer engagement, invest in technology and simplify its support operations.
“We have not taken these decisions lightly, and understand the impact that today’s announcement may have on our colleagues,” said Simon Roberts, president of Boots, adding that the firm is “fully committed to doing everything we can to support all our people as we transform Boots.”
Roberts explained that the new plan will “meet the fast-changing expectations of our customers” and “drive sustainable future growth.”