Swisscom will close its regional logistics centres between September 2000 and June 2001. The reasons behind this move are the emergence of new technologies and the change in the telecoms market: E-commerce, just-in-time purchasing, automatic order systems and direct delivery of goods by suppliers mean that the capacity of Swisscom"s regional logistics centres is being underused. Logistics services are not part of Swisscom"s core business. These plans will affect a total of 165 employees at 17 sites in Switzerland. A social scheme is in place for those affected.
Orders for material will be made increasingly via Intranet and Internet and be carried out directly by suppliers. This means that on-site management is no longer necessary. The new ordering and transport models mean that service technicians can be supplied with the necessary replacement parts overnight. Swisscom now delivers the products that are sold via Internet (e.g. mobile equipment and ISDN phones) directly from its e-commerce store in Ostermundigen.
As a result of this trend, the capacity of Swisscom´s regional logistics centres is being underused. The physical logistics services will be provided by external companies in future - the 17 logistics centres in the regions will be closed.
The closures will take place in stages between September 2000 and June 2001. The centres in Thun, Winterthur, Fribourg, Neuchâtel, Rapperswil, Biel, Olten, Basel and Sion will be closed by the end of the year. The centres in Chur, Geneva, Bellinzona, Lausanne, Urdorf, Lucerne, St. Gallen and Zurich Hardturm will be closed by June 2001.
The closures will affect a total of 165 employees. These will benefit from the "Prospects" package, which was agreed with the staff associations in May 1999.