NO LOVE AT HESS

Am I Next? Hess Corporation 300 Layoffs

Once again we find a major company, the Hess Corporation, a global energy company, embarking on a cost-cutting restructuring program that will result in at least 300, some say 700 or more, employee layoffs. According to Hess spokesperson Lorrie Hecker, “the company is also aiming to make reductions in its contractor base. We moved aggressively in 2017 to focus and up-grade our company’s portfolio. The combination of this cost reduction program and our upgraded-graded portfolio is expected to drive down cash unit production costs by approximately 30 percent" by 2020.” 

Funny, not one mention of the activists sparring with Hess in the boardroom -- like Elliot Management Corporation, which is demanding that billionaire, second-generation CEO John Hess step aside, sell certain assets to fund stock buy-backs to ramp up the price. No mention of whether or not Elliot Management Corporation will dump the stock to feather the nests of their own investors.

NO LOVE AT SONY DADC and TECHNICOLOR'S CD/DVD FACILITIES

Am I Next? Sony DADC 375 layoffs Outsourcing to Technicolor. Technicolor lays 0ff 160 and closes another facility.

Sony DADC (Digital Audio Disc Corporation) has announced that they will be outsourcing the music and video manufacturing currently performed at its Terre Haute, Indiana facility to California's Technicolor Home Entertainment facility. The outsourcing will result in approximately 380 workers being permanently terminated in a mass layoff.

The 33-year-old Terre Haute facility is the last of Sony’s North American manufacturing plants. Considering the $500 million Sony has invested in the facility, it is likely that the facility will continue, to service Redbox’s DVD rental operations and produce Ultra HD Blu-ray for 4K televisions until a future date when it is speculated that the machinery will be shipped overseas and the facility closed. 

Lisa Gephardt, Sony’s New York-based corporate spokesperson, has claimed that the decision to outsource operations was based primarily on the dynamics of the home entertainment market, specifically citing increased competition from streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. "It is really that the home entertainment market is facing a decline over the last several years with factors such as increasing use of streaming such as Netflix and Hulu and a decreased emphasis on packaged media by retailers. There has been a reduction of floor space with big-box retailers, as packaged media is not emphasized as it once was. We have stayed ahead of the curve with operational efficiencies, but the decline in the home video market has caused us to make the difficult decision to change the way we operate by outsourcing.”

[Coincidently, France-basedTechnicolor Home Entertainment announced that they will be closing their one-million-square-foot Olyphant Pennsylvania compact disc duplication and packaging plant and laying off the remaining workers in 2018. Approximately 160 workers are affected. Technicolor's spokesperson, Lane Coope, said in a published report, “In an ongoing assessment of market conditions and operational requirements to remain competitive in our key areas of business, Technicolor will be ceasing packaging and replication operations at its Olyphant facility.” <Source>]

This should come as no surprise as the company relied on an obsolescent physical distribution model that has been severely impacted by streaming services based of cheap cloud storage and fat pipes with an abundance of bandwidth which is becoming cheaper and cheaper.

It appears that conventional audio CDs and DVDs may be going the way of Beta, VHS, and diskettes.