Toshiba shuts down on a large scale, GoPro lays off another 20% of employees: companies struggle to survive under the epidemic

The outbreak of the new crown epidemic in foreign countries has caused many companies to encounter business difficulties and have to cut costs by means of “layoffs” and “shutdowns”. Even leading companies in an industry are unable to resist the impact of the new crown virus.

On April 16, the Japanese semiconductor giant Toshiba announced that in addition to the maintenance business related to infrastructure such as electricity, railways and elevators, all employees at its headquarters in Tokyo and factories across Japan will, in principle, begin to arrive on the 20th of this month. Work will be temporarily suspended until May 6, involving about 76,000 people.

The shutdown of more than 70,000 people is an unprecedented situation among Japanese companies. The most important reason for the shutdown is the confirmed case of Samsung employees. Five people have been diagnosed in a factory on the outskirts of Tokyo, so Samsung has to pay attention.

The Tokyo area where Samsung is located has declared a state of emergency. Although the data shows that the current level of people gathering in the Tokyo area has been reduced by about 60%, there is still a big gap from the target, so the scale of Japanese companies’ shutdown may be further. expand.

In the past two days, also due to the impact of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, GoPro, the leading sports camera company, has also been hotly searched.

On April 16, GoPro said that in response to the impact of the epidemic, the company will lay off more than 200 employees, more than 20% of the company’s total employees, and change its sales strategy.

“GoPro’s global distribution network has been negatively impacted by the situation, which prompted us to transition to a more efficient and profitable direct-to-consumer business this year,” said Nick Woodman, CEO of GoPro. “This has forced us to lay off many Talented team members, it blows our minds and we are forever grateful for their contributions.”

GoPro said the layoffs and operational changes will not have an impact on the company’s product roadmap for 2020, with the company launching new devices and services within a few years.

GoPro has carried out multiple rounds of layoffs before. At the end of 2016, the company had about 1,500 employees. In recent years, the number of employees has been reduced to less than 1,000, and only 926 by the end of 2019.

Under the epidemic, no company can guarantee its own integrity. Only by working together can everyone overcome the difficulties.

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