CCE wants to stop its direct delivery service

CCE wants to stop its direct delivery service

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is seeking to end its direct-store-delivery service in the UK with the potential loss of 288 jobs.

Under the plans, the service will end in the "latter part" of this year, by which time “alternative distribution arrangements” will be in place, the company said today (23 April). The move is intended to boost the efficiency of CCE's direct delivery operations, which caters to the foodservice sector, it said.

Asked what will replace DSD, a CCE spokesperson told just-drinks: "We propose to partner with wholesalers to offer our remaining direct-delivery customers a route to market, building on the services these third parties already provide. Under these proposals we would continue to operate a bulk and mid-bulk service."

Unite, which represents 160 CCE drivers and warehouse workers affected by the proposal, called the potential cuts “a devastating blow”.

“Cola Coca Enterprises is a highly profitable and successful global company and we will be doing everything in our power to protect jobs,” the union said.

CCE said it is “looking to minimise redundancies as far as possible”. According to the spokesperson, the proposals would affect delivery operations in Bristol, Enfield, East Kilbride, Northampton, Sidcup and Wakefield and a telesales team in Peterborough. 

This month, CCE said it is to open a new financial service centre in Bulgaria, leaving “some retained roles and some redundancies”.