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Nike Swings the Axe: 740 Job Cuts at Oregon Headquarters

Sportswear giant Nike announces layoffs impacting 740 employees at its Oregon headquarters. The move comes amid projected revenue decline and a broader cost-cutting initiative.

Nike Swings the Axe: 740 Job Cuts at Oregon Headquarters

Nike, the iconic sportswear brand, is trimming its workforce. The company recently announced plans to lay off 740 employees at its Oregon headquarters. This decision comes as Nike grapples with projected revenue decline and a broader effort to reduce costs.The planned job cuts represent the "second phase of impacts" within a larger cost-saving initiative announced by Nike in December 2023. The company aims to achieve $2 billion in savings over the next three years. This initiative comes in response to a projected decline in revenue for the first half of the current fiscal year (FY 2024-25).

 

Michele Adams, Nike's vice president for people solutions, announced that the layoffs are expected to be completed by June 28th, 2024. In February, Nike had announced its intention to reduce its workforce by approximately 2%, which translates to over 1,600 positions. With a global workforce of around 83,700 employees as of May 2023, these layoffs represent a significant downsizing effort.

 

Despite the announcement of layoffs, Nike's stock price experienced a slight increase in after-hours trading. However, it's important to note that the company's share price has dropped nearly 13% year-to-date.

 

Nike is not alone in its cost-cutting measures. Several companies across the United States and Canada have implemented similar workforce reductions recently. This trend reflects a broader economic uncertainty and concerns about consumer demand.

 

In March 2024, Nike indicated that it expects its revenue in the first half of FY 2024-25 to decline by a low-single-digit percentage. This decline is partly attributed to the company's efforts to streamline certain product lines.

 

The coming months will be crucial for Nike. The company must navigate a challenging economic climate while implementing its cost-saving measures. The success of Nike's restructuring efforts will determine its future growth trajectory. It remains to be seen if the job cuts will have a significant impact on Nike's operations and its ability to innovate and compete in the ever-evolving sportswear market.


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