AM I NEXT? NO LOVE AT BLACK DIAMOND

Am I Next? Black Diamonds outsources to Taiwan, 70 layoffs.

Salt Lake City, Utah-based Black Diamond, the iconic designer and manufacturer of climbing, mountaineering, backpacking equipment and apparel, has announced that they will be outsourcing their manufacturing to Taiwan which will result in the loss of 70 jobs in Utah, commencing in September 2019.

Black Diamond President John Walbrecht noted, “The Black Diamond team has many ideas about the future technology of climbing. And we’re talking ideology that spans the next 30 years, not next season. We cannot afford to let manufacturing technologies limit what we can do. BD has a responsibility to innovate the best equipment we can, to make our product lighter, faster and stronger. As such, our search for different materials, technologies and best places to manufacture will never end. It’s not about Salt Lake, Taiwan, or anyone place in particular. For us to live up to this mandate, we need to always lead with design and development. For BD to be competitive long term in the carabiner market we had to outsource the technology to develop the type of carabiners that we are designing because we could not do that competitively or technologically here in our in house facility. It was a tough decision for us, laying off 70 people from the BD family, many of whom are friends and have worked for the brand for many years. Because our mission is to design and develop the best climbing, backcountry ski and mountain equipment in the world, we were faced with this necessary decision in order to achieve our future vision.”

Change is coming. There will always be a tomorrow, no matter how much you may try to ignore it. There are no guarantees in life, or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. No one is guaranteed to wake up tomorrow and still have a job by evening. Are you now wondering, Am I Next?

AM I NEXT? NO LOVE -- LAYOFFS AT WALMART (UPDATED)

Am I Next? Major support staff layoffs at Walmart.

JULY 1, 2019 — WALMART TAKES AIM AT PHARMACISTS, PART-TIME WORKERS

According to published reports, the company could be laying off up to 40% of its senior pharmacists, and additionally affecting part time workers, and restricting new hires. according to posts on LinkedIn and independent message boards.

According to a company spokesperson, “We are on a transformational journey on how we operate our pharmacies and serve our customers, investing in key growth areas to develop our business and associates.” We are aligning our staffing with the demands of the business to consistently serve our customers now and in the future. As we continue to position our business, we are making some adjustments in health and wellness that will impact approximately 3% of all health and wellness employees.”

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Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart Inc., the large iconic retailers, has announced the lay off of 569 layoffs and the permanent closure the finance and accounting unit located in Charlotte , North Carolina office as it outsources its finance and accounting operations to New York City, New York-based Genpact, a global business process outsourcer that originated as a division of General Electric.

A Walmart spokesperson noted, “This was a difficult decision that affects friends and associates we care about deeply. We appreciate their important contributions, and we’re committed to handling every transition over the next seven months smoothly and respectfully. We are maintaining a corporate presence in Charlotte. As our company continues evolving, we’ve said we must strike the right balance between managing the needs of our business, our associates and our customers.”

In filing a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notice with North Carolina Department of Commerce, a member of the company’s general counsel staff added, “Our customers are changing the way they shop, which requires us to change how we work. To compete in this new era of retail, we must be willing to pull back in some areas to invest in others."

For employees who were watching the wall for any handwriting, the outsourcing should come as no surprise as Genpact issued a press release presaging the plan in November, 2018…

“Genpact, a global professional services firm focused on delivering digital transformation, today announced the launch of a new digital innovation hub in Bentonville, Arkansas to expand the company’s services for the retail and consumer goods industries.

Genpact’s investment in Bentonville reflects its commitment to and deep experience in the retail and consumer goods industries, with clients including Walmart. Genpact is co-innovating with Walmart to transform Walmart’s finance and accounting back-office operations located in Bentonville, helping to fuel growth. The digital innovation hub builds on both Walmart’s position as an industry leader, and Genpact’s expertise in advanced digital technologies and domain and process depth in retail and consumer goods.

Retail and consumer goods companies need to continually reinvent themselves to meet ever-changing customer demands,” said Tiger Tyagarajan, president and chief executive officer, Genpact. ‘We are excited to work with Walmart, a renowned innovator in retail, as the anchor client in our new Bentonville hub. We look forward to partnering together to help the area become a digital transformation talent leader for the industry.’”

Change is coming. There will always be a tomorrow, no matter how much you may try to ignore it. There are no guarantees in life, or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. No one is guaranteed to wake up tomorrow and still have a job by evening. Are you now wondering, Am I Next?

AM I NEXT? NO LOVE -- LAYOFFS AT MICRON TECHNOLOGY

Am I Next? Layoffs at Micron Technology.

Boise, Idaho-based Micron Technology, a designer of computer semiconductors and related products appears to be under suspicion by the media and employees of staging its layoffs to avoid the filing of WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notices and using NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreements) to keep employees from speaking to the media.

It appears that Micron has ceased assembling products at the Boise facility with a corresponding loss of jobs to an unnamed third-party vendor. Some Micron employees were encouraged to train their counterparts in Micron’s Taiwan facility.

While the company has acknowledged the closure of the assembly operation, layoffs, and outsourcing to a third-party vendor, they refused to provide details which is standard practice in this highly competitive industry. The company further acknowledged the use of stacked ranking employee evaluations or discuss the matter further.

For those not familiar with stacked ranking, it is a distributive evaluation method which forces managers to rank employees in a similar manner as students being graded on a curve where every A is balanced with an F; the lowest scoring employees are then laid off with a severance package. The practice, also known as “rank and yank” was devised in part by General Electric’s legendary CEO. Jack Welch.

The semiconductor industry is fraught with danger, from disruptive new technology to wild swings in chip consumption. Adding to Micron’s normal business risks is the Trump Administration’s prohibition of selling certain technology to the Chinese-owned Huawei without special waivers. It is believed that Huawei was responsible for up to 13 percent of Micron’s revenue in the first half of fiscal 2019.

Change is coming. There will always be a tomorrow, no matter how much you may try to ignore it. There are no guarantees in life, or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. No one is guaranteed to wake up tomorrow and still have a job by evening. Are you now wondering, Am I Next?