REUTERS: Luxury apparel maker Ralph Lauren Corp will cut 15per cent 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 on 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.
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