[January 5, 2023](Comprehensive report by Epoch Times reporter Chen Ting)AmazonIt said it plans to cut more than 18,000 employees as the global economic outlook continues to deteriorate.This number is significantly higher than previously planned, which istechnology industryThe latest sign of a deepening recession.
Several teams will be affected, including human resources and Amazon stores, according to a memo shared by Amazon Chief Executive Andy Jassy with employees on Wednesday (Jan. 4).
In the past few years, due to the pandemic, consumers have become accustomed to usinge-commerceAmazon and other technology companies have significantly stepped up their hiring efforts.
Subsequent recent sharp rises in inflation have sharply reduced consumer demand and people are gradually returning to pre-pandemic shopping habits, coupled with the deteriorating overall economic conditions, many technology companies are facing difficulties and have cut thousands of stores. staff.
After years of expansion, Amazon’s workforce climbed to more than 1.5 million last year.This means the latestdownsizingwill reduce the labor force by about 1%.
In October, Amazon disappointed Wall Street with its forecast for the holiday season, which fell sharply below analysts’ expectations. The company’s stock has fallen about 50% in the last year.
“Amazon has experienced uncertain and difficult economic conditions in the past, and we will continue to do so,” Jassy said. “These changes will help us pursue long-term opportunities with a stronger cost structure.”
Jassy said in the memo that Amazon executives must prioritize “what is most important to our customers and the long-term health of our business.”
“Given the economic uncertainty, and the rapid pace of hiring we’ve had over the past few years, this year’s review was even more difficult,” he added.
He said the layoffs were a “difficult decision,” noting that he was “deeply aware that removing these roles is difficult for people, and we don’t take these decisions lightly or underestimate the importance of these decisions.” The possible impact on the lives of affected employees”.
The company will begin notifying affected employees on Jan. 18, he said.
Amazon’s expanded layoffs, yestechnology industryAnother sign of a deepening recession. Like Jassy, other tech founders and CEOs have since admitted they misjudged the needs of the pandemic.
Prior to this, Jassy had eliminated or scaled back experimental and unprofitable businesses, including teams on projects such as telehealth services, delivery robots and video-calling devices for children.
In fact, the layoffs of American technology companies have been going on for some time. On Wednesday, in addition to Amazon, two other companies announced layoff plans.
U.S. business software provider SalesForce said it would cut about 10% of its workforce and close some offices.
Anjali Sud, chief executive of U.S. video-sharing platform Vimeo, said in a letter to employees that the company plans to cut 11% of its workforce. This is the second round of layoffs after Vimeo laid off 6% of its workforce in July last year.
Facebook’s parent company, Meta, recently announced the layoffs of 11,000 people, the largest wave of layoffs in the company’s history. Twitter has made widespread layoffs following Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition.
Since November 2022, more than 20,000 technology employees in the United States have been laid off, including employees of technology giants such as Facebook’s parent company Meta, Twitter, and Salesforce. More than 100,000 people have been laid off this year, according to Layoffs.fyi, a website that tracks tech layoffs.
Responsible Editor: Ye Ziwei#