More proof you brick-n-mortar store owners can’t directly blame the internet/high-tech competition for your demise. Incomplete list of U.S. internet/high-tech/communications job destruction announcements in March 2017:
Internet based, but Allstate owned, Esurance suddenly laid off 1-hundred people across the U.S.! Administrators said the layoffs were necessary for “modern protection solutions”.
British empire based The Guardian eliminating an undisclosed number of U.S. jobs (possibly 20%) after canceling plans to move into an office building owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law. This follows U.S. job cuts (30%) The Guardian made at the end of 2016.
California: 27 years old San Diego based video gaming device maker Mad Catz now bankrupt busted, with several administrators suddenly resigning, due to being “unable to find a satisfactory solution to its cash liquidity problems”. Nippon (Japan) owned mobile game maker Gree eliminated 85 jobs at its San Francisco operations. GoPro continues to kill jobs, this time 270 employees becoming unemployed in a third round of layoffs since November 2016! I’m not sure if GoPro included the 94 jobs it killed without warning in San Mateo on 14 MAR 2017. SunEdison laid off more employees, without warning, on 09 MAR 2017. Unnamed sources revealed to main stream news media that Sunnyvale based Juniper Networks suddenly laid off 7-hundred people! Administrators denied the claim, they issued an official layoff WARN saying 99 jobs would be lost by May. Technicolor (remember when color film was ‘hi-tech’?) issued a shutdown WARN for its Ontario ops, 71 jobs gone by mid-May. San Jose based PayPal finally notified the state that it laid off employees back in December 2016. In San Jose, Cisco Systems suddenly laid off 115 people! Chemring Energetic Devices issued a shutdown WARN for its Torrance ops, 93 jobs lost by May. A year after praising DSSD, Texas based Dell computers decided to halt DSSD production, 68 jobs in Menlo Park gone by May. In Santa Clara, Nippon based Hitachi Data Systems issued a layoff WARN, 118 jobs lost by the end of April! Marvell Semiconductor eliminating 30 jobs by May.
Connecticut: Sports network ESPN warning of massive layoffs due to skyrocketing licensing fees and crashing viewership.
Florida: ComTech Communications shutting down its Tampa ops, 40 jobs lost by June. American Tower issued a WARN, 56 jobs in Boca Raton gone by May.
Iowa: Tax sucking federal contractor General Dynamics eliminating 220 jobs at its Medicaid call center ops in Coralville! Administrators directly blamed ObamaCare open enrollment demand saying “The call centers are staffed to handle the demands of open enrollment periods. As has been done in previous years, we will continue to manage staffing levels throughout the year to meet consumer demand.” Maquoketa Web Printing eliminating 42 jobs by mid-April.
Kansas: Alorica shutting down its call center in Topeka, 3-hundred jobs lost in May due to consolidation operations!
Maryland: HealthStream shutting down its internet based patient interview operations in Laurel, 134 jobs gone by the end of June!
Massachusetts: Boston based Liberty Mutual eliminating 360 InfoTech jobs across two states so it can hire “…5,000 worldwide, several hundred in IT operations and in the next 3-5 years we will hire 25,000 people worldwide.” Video game maker Harmonix suddenly laid off 17 people “as we restructured to align with our current and anticipated development need.” GateHouse Media eliminating 47 jobs in Framingham by mid-June. Broadband operator KCST USA (aka Axia NG Networks USA) now chapter 11 bankrupt busted. It’s the result of failed management which, for some reason, failed to follow their own plan and as a result failed to meet their publicly stated objective of connecting 1-thousand-4-hundred community groups to the ‘network’.
Michigan: Solar panel maker Suniva shutdown its Saginaw factory without warning, just two years after being praised for creating jobs. In February Suniva eliminated a shift, at least 60 remaining jobs lost with the sudden shutdown. Local news media discovered that Suniva still owes Saginaw Township about $20-thousand in taxes! Automatic Data Processing (ADP) shutdown its Ann Arbor office, at least 1-hundred jobs lost!
Missouri: Healthcare software company Lumeris warned of more layoffs as it spends more money taking over competitors. Saint Louis based Answers Corporation-Answers.com now chapter 11 bankrupt busted.
Nebraska: Cabela’s shutting down its call center in Sidney, and has begun an undisclosed number of corporate layoffs at various locations. Cabela’s is hoping to sell itself to competitor Bass Pro, but administrators say their consolidation ops aren’t related to the pending sale.
New Jersey: Social media/electronic payments data security company VALID USA laid off 76 people in South Plainfield. In Logan-Swedesboro, drugs pusher Walgreens shutting down its 18 years old e-commerce distribution center, 133 jobs lost in June! Walgreens is consolidating its internet operations. Amazon owned Quidsi eliminating 263 jobs due to not being able to make money on the internet: “We have worked extremely hard for the past seven years to get Quidsi to be profitable, and unfortunately we have not been able to do so….”-Amazon statement
New York: NYC based Us Weekly laid off 40 people in direct connection to its sale to AMI. The Research Foundation for The State University of New York
Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center shutting down its research and development ops, 30 jobs lost by mid-June. Altice issued a shutdown WARN for its Bethpage location, at least 67 jobs lost by mid-June.
North Carolina: ‘Big Blue’ IBM confirmed it suddenly laid off a “relatively small” number of employees at Research Triangle Park.
Oregon: Glu Mobile has been killing jobs since January, now its Portland office suddenly shutdown, at least 25 people jobless.
Pennsylvania: In Langhorne, First Data Resources eliminating 93 jobs between May and August.
Texas: Grapevine based video game seller GameStop announced it will shutdown at least 150 brick-n-mortar stores in 2017, due to crashing sales.
Virginia: Rosetta Stone suddenly eliminated an undisclosed number of employees at its Harrisonburg office. Unnamed former employees told local news media it was as many as 50.
Washington: Video game maker Motiga laid off 15 employees “to reduce our burn rate”.
Washington DC: In October 2016 Groupon took over DC based LivingSocial, and now says it will layoff the remaining 95 LivingSocial employees.
Wisconsin: Alorica eliminating 137 call center jobs by the end of May! Administrators called it a strategic business decision. Temp agency Manpower eliminating 150 HQ jobs in Milwaukee, the administrative jobs are being replaced by robots/computers! Gannett Consumer Solutions shutting down its call center in Milwaukee, at least 24 jobs gone by mid-May.
U.S. Tech/Communications breakdown, February 2017: “REDUCE STAFF…BY 30%.”
U.S. Mining/Industrial/Logistics layoffs, March 2017: “UNFORESEEABLE SIGNIFICANT DOWNTURN”
U.S. government shenanigans, March 2017: “IT JUST ECONOMICALLY DIDN’T MAKE SENSE”
Dumbing Down the U.S. of A., March 2017: “EXPERIENCING DECLINING ENROLLMENT, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO”
ObamaCare Death Spiral, March 2017: “TREATING AN INCREASING NUMBER OF UNINSURED & UNDERINSURED PATIENTS.”
Retail/Banking/Service Sector Collapse, March 2017: “WE JUST DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT ANYMORE.”