Südösterreich; Steiermark; Graz
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Via Stalls And Markets Or Other
47.91 - Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet

270 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
4 February 2009
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2010
Foreseen end date


The German mail-order retailer Otto is to close down one of its five sites in Austria - i.e. a plant in Graz (Styria) responsible for delivery and sending back services. Thus, 270 employees stand to lose their jobs, starting redundancies in the first quarter of 2010. This was announced by the German headquarters on 4 February 2009. The planned redundancies have been justified with the need to streamline the whole group's logistics structure and the fact that the Graz site has had to suffer considerable geographic disadvantages compared with other sites. A social plan for the workers affected is currently being developed. The closure of the Graz plant is part of an encompassing restructuring programme of the whole Otto group. However, the remaining plants in Austria are currently not planned to be subject to restructuring measures.



Eurofound (2009), Otto Logistics, Closure in Austria, factsheet number 68253, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/68253.