Logitech Laying Off 5 Percent of Global Workforce, Focusing on Mobile
March 1, 2013 6:46 PM
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That's about 140 employees
Logitech's new CEO has clearly been busy, as a new company-wide reorganization plan has been laid out -- and it includes a number of layoffs.
Logitech plans to lay off 5 percent of its worldwide workforce, which is about 140 employees. This decision will give the company a charge of $12 million to $14 million in the fourth quarter of the 2013 fiscal year.
By doing this, Logitech hopes to place more focus on its key businesses, including
and mobile products. Logitech, like most tech companies, is realizing that the PC market is slowing substantially in favor of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Hence, moving along with this trend will help it during its troubling times.
“As we align the organization with our strategy to become a faster, more profitable company, we have also created opportunities to become more focused, improve operational effectiveness and even deliver additional cost savings that will contribute to improved profitability,” said Bracken P. Darrell, Logitech president and chief executive officer. “These actions support our goals to develop outstanding mobility- and PC-related products, streamline our cost structure and achieve faster times to market.”
Logitech is undoubtedly in a bit of a slump after posting an operating loss of $180 million on sales of $615 million during the fiscal third quarter.
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3/4/2013 12:51:18 PM
Logitech's $30 wireless keyboard is the only I've used (out of 9 wireless keyboards I've tried, 4 Microsoft) that actually works. No noticeable lag, works from 30 feet away, no random disconnection, battery lasts for over a year.
Service: A friend and I have G930 wireless headsets. His had a problem after 14 mo.; Logitech had a replacement sent the day after his return arrived. No trouble, no 3 layers of tech support.
I stepped on my headset's USB dongle. Logitech supports their products like any good company -- I was able to buy a replacement part, rather than a replacement headset, for $10 (or $15 or whatever).
In contrast, Microsoft's peripherals have been horrible. I've thrown away a dozen MS mice because of a well-known problem where they stutter horribly after sleep mode until power cycled.
Microsoft's keyboards -- god damn don't even get me started on what horrible pieces of crap they are, with keys randomly switching and other problems.
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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