Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Wholesale Of Food, Beverages And Tobacco
46.39 - Non-specialised wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco

350 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
3 April 2014
Employment effect (start)
3 April 2014
Foreseen end date
31 December 2014


Coop Handel, a logistics company in the food sector, is cutting its staff in Norway by 350 full-time equivalents. The restructuring started in January and will be completed by the end of 2014.

The job cuts are the result of a restructuring process which includes a new centralised and highly automated logistics centre that makes current storage capacities.

Part of the reduction will be accomplished by hiring less temporary workers. Permanent employees will not be affected until fall 2014. Permanent employees have been offered severance packages and continuing education. Dismissals will be based on seniority, and permanent employees affected will mostly be young workers.

Union representatives in the company describe the dismissals as regretful, but say the process has been handled fairly and in cooperation with the unions.

Coop Handel is a subsidiary of Norway's largest cooperative Coop Norge, which is owned by 117 local cooperatives with more than 1.3 million members. Coop Handel handles logistics for the cooperative's 800 supermarkets and stores. 


  • 3 April 2014: Adresseavisen


Eurofound (2014), Coop Handel, Internal restructuring in Norway, factsheet number 76827, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/76827.