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38 jobs at risk at Specsavers' warehouse in Guernsey

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38 jobs are currently at risk at Specsavers' warehouse in Guernsey.

It is due to an ongoing pilot being run by the company where it hopes to rationalise the way it manages its frame stock.

Those who work in the warehouse office and who are administrative staff are at most risk at being made redundant. They were notified this morning.

The company wants to ensure customers have access to a range of over 1,000 glasses at any given time in their 800 stores across the UK.

At the moment when a customer chooses a frame in one of its Specsavers stores, it is removed from the shelf to be fitted with the prescribed lenses.

This means a temporary gap is left in the Specsavers' range on display before a replacement is supplied by the La Villiaze warehouse.

If the trial is a success it would mean that in future no individual frames would need to be sent from the Guernsey Warehouse.

The company says the new supply model would mean new frames would be sent to stores along with their lenses.

The trial of the new supply model is under review over the next month before a final decision will be made.

The Joint CEO of Specsavers has said that the prospect of redundancies at the warehouse would not mean the end of operations in Guernsey and says there is still a long-term commitment to the island.

At Specsavers, we believe in providing value for money and professional eye care and audiology for everyone. To deliver this we, just like any other business, must constantly review our operations to ensure that we are offering our customers the best level of service

– John Perkins, Joint CEO Specsavers

If the trial is a success, the company has said that those who will have to be made redundant will be offered loyalty bonuses as well as "generous redundancy packages".

They have also said there will be attempts to offer alternative employment within the business.