Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Cologne, Erfurt, Frechen, Hanover, Würzburg, Stuttgart
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation
52 - Warehousing and support activities for transportation

600 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
5 August 2019
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2019
Foreseen end date


Following the merger of the two department store chains Kaufhof and Karstadt,  the logistics division of  Galeria Kaufhof Karstadt will be completely restructured. The measure  will affect a total of 160 positions. The number of logistics centers will be reduced to three (Cologne-Porz, Essen, Unna) whereas two logistics plants (Frechen, Erfurt) and four smaller regional distribution centers (Stuttgart, Würzburg, Hanover, Berlin) will be closed. Two distributions centers will be downsized ( Ditzenbach, Neuss).  On the other hand, the new logistics concept entails a significant expansion of the center in Cologne-Porz.

In the future, about 180 department stores shall serve as hubs delivering products directly to the consumers. The works council and the trade union ver.di expect another major jobs cuts still to come.



Eurofound (2019), Galeria Kaufhof Karstadt , Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 98263, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/98263.