Online retailer Zalando (ready-to-wear) announced on Tuesday the elimination of several hundred jobs worldwide. The German group will launch "a program to reduce several hundred positions within the teams," said the management of the seller of fashion accessories online, in a letter to its employees Tuesday. Headquartered in Berlin, Zalando employs 17,000 people worldwide.

"The macroeconomic environment has become more complicated," said the two CEOs and founders of the company Robert Gentz and David Schneider in this text. "Parts of our business have grown too fast," they added. The tech sector is facing a difficult environment in a context of high inflation and rising interest rates after a good period, especially at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns that benefited Internet sales.

The "operational positions" of the Studio not concerned

The job cuts are expected to affect "many divisions of Zalando, including senior management levels," the executives said. On the other hand, employees in "logistics centers, customer service and stores" will not be affected. Just like the "operational stations" of Zalando Studio, which produces photos of items sold online. The other details of the plan will only be known after "a consultation" of employee representatives by management, which has already begun, they assured.

This announcement comes at a time when social plans are multiplying in the digital sector, all over the world. After layoffs at Amazon, Meta and Microsoft, Google in turn announced in January 12,000 job cuts, or just over 6% of its workforce. Microsoft has announced 10,000 layoffs by the end of March. In Germany, software giant SAP will cut 3,000 jobs.

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  • E-commerce