Batleys rejigs buying system

Batleys has announced that an unspecified number of staff will leave at the end of the month after a reorganisation of its buying system.

Following a major review it has moved to adopt the same method used elsewhere in the Bestway Group, where a central ordering function is in place.

Previously each depot had a dedicated buyer but now there will be a team with each buyer looking after groups of suppliers. The company said there would be some compulsory redundancies resulting from the change, but they would be minimised due to some people being offered alternative employment and some personnel coming forward for voluntary redundancy.

Martin Race, Batleys operations director, said: “I am totally convinced that this is the right move for the business and while regretting any job losses involved, the decision is the right one to enable the business to move forward and compete even more effectively in what is undoubtedly a challenging market.”

Race said the company’s real-time Ab-Initio computer system would be influential in the back-up to managing the bigger central ordering department.

Bestway and Batleys have continued to operate separate computer systems.

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