Zalando to axe hundreds of jobs

Zalando is set to axe “several hundred overhead roles” over the coming months, as a result of the challenging economic environment.

The ecommerce retailer did not specify exactly how many staff will be impacted, but said the cuts will affect several parts of the business, including at the senior leadership level.

However, it said that operations roles in its Zalando Studios and frontline operations roles in customer care, outlet stores and logistics centres will not be affected.

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The cuts come after Zalando lowered its guidance for the financial year 2022 back in June.

In a message to staff, co-CEOs David Schneider and Robert Gentz said: “Supported by an overall consumer shift towards online shopping and strong pandemic tailwinds in 2020 and 2021, Zalando has generated exceptional growth over the last few years.”

“But the pandemic tailwinds have faded since 2022 and the macroeconomic environment has become more challenging. This shift has highlighted the increased complexity of our company and our speed to react.

“Today, we will start the consultation with our employee representatives and will come back to you as soon as we can with information on how we intend to approach this program, how we will support affected colleagues and the timeline we will try to work towards.”

In November 2022, the company recorded a 2.9% increase in revenue to £2 billion for its third quarter of 2022.



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