Gap to cut roughly 500 jobs

Kanye West recently cut ties with the San Francisco-based company

Gap to cut roughly 500 jobs

After months of declining sales, Gap Inc. plans to reduce its headcount.

The San Francisco-based company will cut about 500 corporate jobs, the Wall Street Journal reported.  The cuts will be primarily at offices in San Francisco, New York and Asia.

Last week, Kanye West announced he was ending his company Yeezy’s partnership with the clothing and accessories retailer after the rapper accused Gap of breaching terms of their agreement. The superstar claims the failed to distribute Yeezy products at its stores by the second half of 2021 and didn’t create dedicated Yeezy Gap stores as promised, CNBC reported.

Gap is also still looking for a new CEO after former president and chief executive Sonia Syngal has stepped down in July. Bob Martin, the company's current executive chairman of the board, has filled in as interim president and CEO.

Read more: Gap CEO steps down

Major brands throughout the United States, especially in California, have been trimming their workforces ahead of an economic downturn. Last week, Twilio announced it would lay off 11% of its workforce as part of a major restructuring plan, according to an SEC filing. Earlier in the week, Patreon CEO Jack Conte announced in a blog post that the company had laid off 17% of its workforce.

Last month, Snap Inc, parent company of Snapchat, planned to lay off approximately 20% of its more than 6,400 employees, which comes out to roughly 1,280 people, The Verge reported. Apple laid off roughly 100 contract-based recruiters one month after announcing plans to slow down hiring. Calm.com has also laid off 20% of its staff, according to a memo sent by CEO David Ko to employees, The Wall Street Journal reported.

A few days earlier, Sweetgreen announced 5% of its support center workforce will be laid off, CNBC reported. Additionally, the company is downsizing to a smaller office building to lower its operating expenses.

Groupon also laid off more than 500 employees, about 15% of its workforce, TechCrunch reported. The merchant development, sales, recruiting, engineering, product and marketing teams were all impacted. Fender laid off roughly 300 employees, ranging from senior management to production line workers, have been laid off, Guitar.com reported. That followed Robinhood announcing plans to lay off 23% of its workforce. In April, the Menlo Park, CA-based company reduced its headcount by 9% after company shares hit a new low, CNN Business reported.

More than 650 startups and tech firms have laid off more than 110,000 people in 2022, according to Blind’s tech layoffs tracker.

On Monday, Lucidworks, a San Francisco-based tech firm, announced its CEO Will Hayes would be stepping down from his role this week, The Information reported. His departure comes on the heels of the company laying off 10% of its staff (24 employees), which was first indicated by a verified Lucidworks employee on Blind, the anonymous professional social network.

The company plans to announce Hayes’ replacement this week, a spokesperson told The Information.

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