Carrefour has presented the staff of its French subsidiary with a
proposal that aims to regroup the support functions and head offices
of its French activities, LSA reported. The operations are currently
spread across three sites in the Essonne department - Evry, Massy and
"This is a discussion conducted by the Human Resources Management
group aiming at geographically regrouping the different head offices
in France," said a spokesperson stating that nothing is yet decided,
but that, if the project goes ahead, employees would be informed from
the beginning of next year.
The team in the Carrefour head office in Levallois-Perret, with 1,200
employees, would be the first to be affected by the proposed
consolidation. Carrefour hopes that the project will improve the
efficiency of the organisation, but also generate savings given that
the company believes that rent in Levallois is quite "high".
Describing a reorganisation plan for Carrefour in June, CEO Lars
Olofsson has already said: "I do not exclude restructuring and staff
reduction." Some 10,500 employees are currently working for the
company's head offices worldwide, including 5,900 in France, with
1,550 working for the G4 countries (France, Belgium, Italy and Spain),
but based in France. In June, head office costs for the past year were
said to amount to EUR1.6 billion (USD2.33 billion), of which EUR870
million (USD1.26 billion) was spent on personnel.