Tesco has announced changes to overnight roles in some convenience and supermarket stores that will put more than 1,400 roles at risk.

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Tesco said it would be moving overnight stock replenishment to the daytime in 85 stores 

The announcement came after the grocery giant announced it would be axing its discount Jack’s fascia and closing meat, fish and poultry counters in hundreds of stores, affecting a further 130 jobs yesterday (31 January).

Combined, the two announcements put 1,600 roles across Tesco at risk of redundancy, but the grocer said there were currently “around 3,000” vacancies across the business. 

Tesco said it would be moving overnight stock replenishment to the daytime in 36 of its large stores and in 49 convenience stores, following a successful trial of the switch. 

Changes to ‘improve efficiency’

Tesco said the switch meant “we can ensure more colleagues are available on the shop floor to help customers at peak times”.

The supermarket giant also said it would be converting 36 of its petrol stations to be “pay-at-pump only during overnight hours”.

Tesco UK and ROI boss Jason Tarry said: “We operate in a highly competitive and fast-paced market and our customers are shopping differently, especially since the start of the pandemic. We are always looking at how we can run our business as simply and efficiently as possible so that we can re-invest in the things that matter most to customers. The changes we are announcing today will help us do this. 

“Our priority now is to support our impacted colleagues through these changes and, wherever possible, find them alternative roles within our business.”

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