Up to 100 staff to lose jobs at Vik­ing Di­rect

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE - Gavin Mclough­lin

AROUND 100 peo­ple are be­ing made re­dun­dant at of­fice sup­plies com­pany Vik­ing Di­rect Ire­land, with around 20 peo­ple re­main­ing at the Ir­ish op­er­a­tion.

Vik­ing’s par­ent Of­fice De­pot said it was con­sol­i­dat­ing ware­hous­ing op­er­a­tions in Ire­land and the UK in order to “cre­ate a solid foun­da­tion for the fu­ture”.

“This is part of the com­pany’s strat­egy to im­prove ef­fi­ciency and op­ti­mise costs, while pro­vid­ing cus­tomers with qual­ity prod­ucts, great prices and world-class ser­vice,” an Of­fice De­pot spokesman told the Sun­day In­de­pen­dent.

The com­pany would not say what ef­fect the move would have, if any, on its ful­fil­ment of Ir­ish con­tracts.

It’s un­der­stood to have won busi­ness from the State.

A small num­ber of staff will re­main at the com­pany’s op­er­a­tion here which will now be ser­viced in large part from the UK, it’s un­der­stood.

Florida-based Of­fice De­pot last year tried to merge with ri­val com­pany Sta­ples, but the deal was blocked on com­pe­ti­tion grounds. Sta­ples has re­cently been bought by a pri­vate eq­uity firm and re­ports in the US have said Of­fice De­pot may look to buy Sta­ples’ re­tail out­lets there.

The com­pa­nies are com­pet­ing with Ama­zon, which has set up a fast-grow­ing of­fice sup­plies busi­ness.

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