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Hills sheds employees amid distribution business restructure

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The pandemic-prompted reorganisation of Hills’ distribution business in June saw roughly 39 people leave the company, according to CEO and managing director David Lenz.

Lenz revealed the headcount toll of the restructure during the company’s annual general meeting on 6 November, with the reorganisation of the distribution business just one of several steps the company took to minimise the impact of the disruptions caused by COVID-19 on the company. 

“With the advent of COVID-19, whilst there was no play book, we focused on a number of key areas in order for the company to come out the other side of the pandemic in the best competitive shape possible,” Lenz told shareholders.

Along with working to improve its balance sheet to reduce debt and manage its cost base and cashflow through the period — leveraging government, landlords and staff support in the process — the company also made some changes in its distribution business. 

“Thirdly, in June we re-organised the distribution business to prepare ourselves for the post-COVID trading environment placing a greater focus on state-based profitability and ownership,” Lenz said. 

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