Reorganisation of DistriQ Transport

DistriQ Transport, a part of TMG Distribution of Telegraaf Media Groep (TMG), plans to close three of its five existing distribution centres as of April 2009 at the latest. These closures are the direct result of the termination of transport orders from third parties and of an impending reorganisation. The closures and reorganisation fit in with efforts to achieve a more efficient organisation of the distribution company, which is focused on high-quality daily newspaper delivery at a low price.

DistriQ Transport will be closing its Limburg locations in Heerlen and Horst. The transport activities that remain after termination of the transport contracts with third parties will be outsourced. The activities of the Alkmaar location will be transferred to the headquarters in Amsterdam, and some activities will be stopped or outsourced, and a reorganisation will be implemented. 

As a result of this, the current number of jobs (183 fte) at DistriQ Transport will decrease by 100 fte. Compulsory dismissals will take place. The valid Social Plan will apply.

The Works Council and trade unions have been informed. The proposed decision is subject to positive advice of the Works Council and approval of the Supervisory Board of TMG.

The aforementioned steps by DistriQ Transport contribute to the necessary improvement of TMG’s operational margin. This improvement will take place on the basis of the following lines of policy: adjusting the portfolio, achieving synergy, optimising operations, divesting activities that are not sufficiently profitable, and outsourcing non-core activities. One of TMG’s key objectives is to reduce annual costs by €40 to €50 million.