Up to 100 staff to lose jobs at Viking Direct
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.