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Footwear retailer Clarks to slash 900 jobs

As a part of a major shake-up to revitalize the business post-Coronavirus, UK footwear manufacturer and retailer Clarks plans to slash around 900 jobs. The company recently made 160 redundancies globally and over the next 18 months, it will make another 700 or so employees redundant.

However, Clarks’ total reduction of 900 corporate roles in its global workforce will be partially balanced by the creation of around 200 new jobs. The retailer is actively supporting staff to find alternative employment within or outside of Clarks.

The announcement is part of Clarks’ ‘Made To Last’ turnaround strategy, which was first launched at the end of last year and is aimed at ensuring the heritage British retailer has a sustainable future.

The strategy includes a focus on sustainability, product innovation, design and quality, and digital enhancement to help customers properly interact with the Clarks brand, and select and buy shoes in convenient ways.