By Will Waters Oct 15 2019 / Lloyd’s Loading List
As integration progresses, overlapping corporate functions and positions will either be cut or relocated to the headquarters in Denmark, with up to 165 job losses, although the company intends to expand its logistical footprint in the Basel area
Global transport and logistics company DSV looks set to cut around 50% of the current Panalpina head office workforce, as the integration of Panalpina into the DSV Panalpina Group progresses following its acquisition of the Swiss group in August.
As it finalises its analysis of the impact on the corporate functions at the former Panalpina headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, the DSV Panalpina Group said it has informed employees at the former Panalpina headquarters in Basel about its plans for the location, noting: “As part of the integration, overlapping corporate functions and positions will either be cut or relocated to the headquarters in Denmark, which could result in up to 165 job losses. At the same time, the company intends to expand its logistical footprint in the Basel area.
“As we integrate Panalpina into the DSV Panalpina Group, we recognise that there are substantial duplications of corporate functions,” says Jens Bjørn Andersen, CEO of DSV Panalpina. “We are also seeing considerable overlaps in the IT department, as IT systems that will no longer be used in the combined group are phased out.
“As a result, we are considering several restructuring measures. According to our analysis, we will not be able to avoid job cuts and the relocation of positions to DSV Panalpina’s headquarters in Denmark.”
DSV Panalpina said it “expects to retain approximately 50% of Panalpina’s current head office workforce following completion of the restructuring by the end of Q2 2020. Retained functions will include, among others, critical positions in Sales, Operations, IT and Innovation.”
The company added: “DSV Panalpina has initiated the necessary consultation process in line with Swiss labour law, and has indicated that it will present a first draft of a social plan at the end of the consultation period. The social plan aims to define measures to reduce job losses and to mitigate their effects.”
In addition, DSV Panalpina has invited employees to vote on the election of an employee representation body in order to facilitate the negotiation process for the social plan. Speaking to employees at the former Panalpina headquarters last week, Group CFO Jens Lund reinforced the company’s “commitment to do all within its reasonable control to find appropriate solutions for everybody affected”.
At the same time, he underlined DSV Panalpina’s “strong interest in retaining a commercial and operational presence at its Basel office and in expanding its logistical footprint in the Basel area in the mid-term, by consolidating suitable operational activities in Switzerland”. To that effect, DSV Panalpina said it has established contacts with key representatives of the Department of Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs of the Canton Basel-Stadt to explore opportunities for investment in the Basel area.