Internal restructuring
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

1,380 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
27 April 2012
Employment effect (start)
27 April 2012
Foreseen end date


As announced on April 27, 2012, German mail-order company Neckermann planned to cut 1,380 of 2,500 jobs in Germany. This was mainly due to the reorganization of print media and e-commerce services.

Neckermann stated a reduction in print media orders by 50% in the first quarter of 2012, while e-commerce was growing steadily.

As reported in May 2012, social partners announced to start negotiations with Neckermann's owner, US- Private equity Sun Capital.

In July it turned out that Neckermann filed for insolvency. A social plan was negotiated, but was not accepted by Sun Capital. 

In September, the insolvency management accounced the fragmentation of Neckermann. Subsidiary Happy Size is sold to order company Klingel, 80 posts will be cut. No new investor was found for taking over Neckermann Logistics at Frankfurt. 850 employees shall loose their jobs by 1 October 2012. According to the works council, a job transfer agency was not established due to the fact that Sun Capital rejected to it.

Jobs at subsidiary Neckermann Reisen are expected to stay. As of September, there is no clear indication of the total number of job losses.


  • 2 May 2012: Financial Times Deutschland
  • 3 May 2012: Handelsblatt
  • 27 April 2012: neckermann.de
  • 24 September 2012: Financial Times Deutschland


Eurofound (2012), Neckermann, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 73532, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/73532.