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Ralph Lauren cutting 15 percent of workforce, beef up online business

Ralph Lauren cutting 15 percent of workforce, beef up online business

Luxury apparel maker Ralph Lauren will cut 15 percent of its global workforce by the end of its fiscal year in a company-wide restructuring to lower costs and move more of its business online, it said Tuesday.

The company had a total workforce of 24,900 as of March end and based on that, the plan could impact more than 3,700 jobs.

The COVID-19 health crisis has hammered demand for high-end handbags, apparel and accessories in retail stores, forcing luxury goods companies to slash costs and slow brick-and-mortar expansion plans.

However, their e-commerce sales have surged. Ralph Lauren said it would invest in digital platforms to support e-commerce operations, expand product personalization and add new features like augmented reality.

It will also move some human resource and planning systems to online cloud platforms, and streamline reporting lines.

“The changes happening in the world around us have accelerated the shifts we saw pre-COVID, and we are fast-tracking some of our plans to match them,” Chief Executive Officer Patrice Louvet said.

The layoffs could result in gross annual pretax savings of about $180 million to $200 million, the company said. It expects to incur one-time pretax charges of about $120 million to $160 million in fiscal 2021.

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From television to the internet platform, Erin switched her journey in digital media with News Brig. She served as a journalist for popular news channels and currently contributes his experience for News Brig by writing about the tech domain.

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