Dutch retailer Laurus has said it is planning to reduce the permanent workforce of 460 full-time employees at its Beilen distribution centre by a total of 59 staff between 1 October 2005 and the end of September 2006.

The company said the workload of the Beilen distribution centre, which has already lessened as a result of the optimisation of the logistics network and the closure of unprofitable stores, will decrease still further with the completion of the new West distribution centre in mid-2006 and internal process improvements.

"The measures now being taken are intended to bring current and future staffing levels into line with workload," Laurus said.