Nestlé is closing a dozen delivery sites in California and laying off more than 500 workers, a state filing reported, part of 4,000 job cuts nationwide as the company transitions away from direct store delivery to a warehouse model.
The Swiss company said it laid off 313 employees at four Southern California sites in mid-August, and that 265 will be let go this week from eight other sites, including Oakland, San Leandro, Gilroy and Sacramento.
Most of the layoffs cover entire teams: the 83 employees who will lose their jobs in San Leandro include 18 delivery drivers, a few dozen sales reps, an auditor and others.
The layoffs were not unexpected. A Nestlé spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that the cuts in California are part of 4,000 nationwide