Online delivery platform Just Eat has announced a number of redundancies in the UK and Ireland as part of a reorganisation it is undertaking to remain competitive with the likes of UberEats and Deliveroo.
Just Eat has not confirmed how many employees are being made redundant, but Tech Crunch, which reported the news first, estimated the number to be around 100.
A spokesperson for Just Eat said: “At our full-year results we talked about organising and energising the business to execute our strategy at pace. In order to ensure our operations are set up to deliver the best possible service, we have merged our existing customer and restaurant operations teams into one global unified team. This has resulted in a number of redundancies in the UK and Ireland. Our people are a priority for us and we will, of course, support all those affected during this time.”
The news comes a week after Just Eat announced the acquisition of City Pantry for £16m. City Pantry is a B2B catering marketplace that lets companies order in food from restaurants and caterers for staff, events and meetings. There will be a further pay-out if City Pantry reaches operational and financial criteria over the next three years.
The acquisition supports Just Eat’s ambitions to expand into the UK corporate market, which is estimated to be worth around £10bn a year, by using City Pantry’s brand, technology and sector knowledge, as well as expanding into international markets.
Just Eat interim CEO Peter Duffy said: “Working with City Pantry to accelerate its mission to improve and modernise the workplace dining experience is a great opportunity for Just Eat. It’s the right time for us to enter the corporate market and expand our offering.”
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