It has by no means been a gradual ride for Abhishek Arora (identify modified), a senior information scientist at on-line style portal Jabong, since he joined the agency three years again.
In 2015, when Arora joined Jabong, owned by Rocket Internet (a German tech agency), the corporate was being a possible unicorn or a billion-dollar agency.
Things, nevertheless, began to go haywire quickly after as the corporate incurred huge losses and went on the block searching for a possible purchaser. To improve Arora’s nervousness, a spate of firings within the identify of rationalisation occurred. In July 2016, Myntra, backed by Flipkart, acquired the agency. Arora was assured by the senior administration that nobody can be fired.
“We had a conversation with the leadership team and were told that it was business as usual. But then, we saw people being handed out pink slips,” he stated. Arora nonetheless managed to outlive that.
Arora and few different employees at Jabong alleged that during the last one 12 months, Myntra’s management workforce has been systematically reducing down manpower on the agency. From virtually a thousand employees, 300 have exited the agency both after being requested to depart or discovering different jobs, fearing uncertainty at Jabong.
Then in May this 12 months, Walmart Inc. purchased 77 per cent stake in Flipkart. “Again, these fears rushed again. This time, we had senior executives from Walmart and Ananth Narayanan assured us that issues can be far more steady at Jabong. We have been informed that merging us with Myntra was not a part of the quick plan as Jabong was doing nicely. Walmart informed us that extra folks can be recruited,” Arora added. Many employees have been additionally coaxed to remain on within the agency and promised fats retention bonuses.
However, six months later, Arora is likely one of the 200 employees who’ve been requested to pack up and depart.
Other than the 200 folks getting laid off, one other 150 or so have both put of their papers or are planning to take action as quickly as attainable to have choices earlier than they’re placed on discover.
In the final one 12 months, Jabong has reduce down operations in Gurgaon significantly and the place is sort of working on skeleton employees.
Merging Myntra with Jabong was at all times a part of Walmart’s plan. The indicators of this have been clearly seen when chief advertising officer of Myntra and head of Jabong Gunjan Soni and Myntra’s chief technique officer and head of classes Ananya Tripathi determined to place of their papers, sources stated.
“Walmart has been working intently with Flipkart to cut back redundancies, wherever attainable. They zeroed in on Jabong virtually instantly after they purchased Flipkart. Their logic is that one doesn’t want a separate portal to promote premium manufacturers. Myntra is sweet sufficient to deal with each,” stated a supply near the agency.
While Jabong as a platform and model would stay for some extra time, the visitors in addition to the orders can be dealt with and fulfilled by Myntra’s infrastructure.
Myntra, on its half, stated that since shopping for Jabong, the 2 manufacturers have been steadily integrating key business capabilities and are streamlining processes which resulted in income development.