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A sign that the Apple ship hit the Iceberg: Apple Lays off alot of Retail employees

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    A sign that the Apple ship hit the Iceberg: Apple Lays off alot of Retail employees

    Apple Retail Stores Seeing Significant Layoffs of Recent Hires? - Mac Rumors


    Over the past couple of weeks, we've been receiving reports that Apple has been laying off a number of recently-hired staff members at its retail stores. Most of the reports have been coming from Apple retail employees in the United Kingdom, but several of these reports claim that similar actions are taking place at stores around the world. We've also been receiving reports of long-term cutbacks in hours for part-time staff in the United States and Canada.

    Apple has come under some criticism for its treatment of retail store employees given the massive amounts of revenue the company's stores bring in, relying on its employees' devotion to the company and a strong fan base to help retain staff and attract new employees. The company has recently instituted salary increases and other improved benefits in an effort to improve its relationship with its workers and public perception, but these latest reports suggest that the company is still facing some challenges in morale and other areas as it seeks to balance its staffing levels.

    According to one report, all employees at a certain store in the United Kingdom with less than six months of service have been laid off, including a group that had been hired only one month ago and had just completed their training program. New hiring has also been halted, and internal company transfers between stores have been placed on hold.

    Another report similarly indicates that a number of newly-hired employees have just been laid off, while several longer-term employees who had recently been promoted never received their pay increases and are now being demoted back to their previous positions.

    A third report comes from one of those who was laid off at an Apple Store in the United Kingdom, a source who notes that three separate training groups have all been laid off in their entirety within the past week, all of whom were still within their probationary periods as new employees.

    In the United States and Canada, we're hearing that part-time staff have been seeing significantly reduced hours for the past several months, with some staff reportedly having their hours cut back to zero. And while Apple reportedly promised part-time staff that their hours would rebound with the back-to-school rush, that has apparently not taken place and employees are continuing to stand by with very few hours on their schedules. Another report indicates that Apple has reduced scheduled hours at one retail store by several hundred hours per week as of early August and limited employee vacations, apparently to help keep full-time staff on site and reduce reliance on part-time employees.

    Apple's retail store staffing levels do tend to fluctuate as the company seeks to meet demand and work around busy periods such as new device launches and holiday shopping periods. With the next-generation iPhone apparently set to launch approximately one month from now and the holiday shopping season ramping up relatively soon afterward, Apple may soon be able to find more hours for its part-time staff members, but it appears that a number of recent full-time hires are already looking for new jobs.



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    If that iceberg is made of a mountain of cash, then yeah...that's the only iceberg on Apple's horizon.

    Expectations are the next iPhone will sell more than all other versions combined.

    Nothing to see here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ant1th3s1s View Post
    Expectations are the next iPhone will sell more than all other versions combined.
    good luck with that



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ps360 View Post
    What's Android got to do with it? I'm referring to previous versions of the iPhone.

    Luck is not a factor
    ...there is no iceberg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ant1th3s1s View Post
    What's Android got to do with it?
    androids dominance in the phone market= less sales for apple.



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    Well, you're saying that Apple = x, and Android = 4x, and total market share = roughly 5x (all other OS's are mostly nil at this point). If we take Android's 4x, and divide that by the hundreds of manufacturers that use Android, that puts as at like, .04x market share per manufacturer. And since x = Apple, that puts Apple at a 25x advantage over every other company, on average.*

    "androids dominance in the phone market= less sales for apple."
    ^Not true. The smartphone market is not the entire mobile market. The smartphone market is still pulling plenty of people away front the "feature phone" market. There is still plenty of room for new customers, so both android and iOS can continue to grow without having to rely on solely stealing customers from each other.

    Lastly, Apple laying off part-time retail staff has virtually nothing to do with the billions of dollars they rake in each quarter, not to mention the billions in cash that they are sitting on.

    Lets take another look at these numbers next year, ok?

    *disclaimer: this math is so rough, it makes a saw blade look like cotton candy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ps360 View Post
    androids dominance in the phone market= less sales for apple.
    If you bothered to look at the article i Posted...

    “We also note that the re-buy rate of iPhone users increased slightly year over year to 94% from 93%,” Munster found. “Most importantly, 51% of consumers that planned on making the iPhone their next smartphone (whether current iPhone users or not) said they were waiting for the iPhone 5. We believe this suggests that as much as 50% of our estimated iPhone units for FY13 are in the bag (~170 million iPhone users x 94% re-buy x 51% iPhone 5 planned purchase)."
    That has nothing to do with Android.

    You're also forgetting about Apple's profit margin. They make a killing compared to Android. Given your apparent difficulty at reading sources other than your own...
    Although Apple shipped only about 6 percent of the industry’s smartphones and tablets in the second quarter, they accounted for 43 percent of the industry’s revenues. More importantly, Apple took 77 percent of the industry’s operating profits, despite being “a seasonally weak period,” for iPhone sales.
    The iPhone 5 will be an enormous cash-cow for Apple and is touted to bump their stock value over $1K a share.

    Looks like more smooth sailing ahead for Apple...nice try though doodles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ant1th3s1s View Post
    If you bothered to look at the article i Posted...


    That has nothing to do with Android.

    You're also forgetting about Apple's profit margin. They make a killing compared to Android. Given your apparent difficulty at reading sources other than your own...

    The iPhone 5 will be an enormous cash-cow for Apple and is touted to bump their stock value over $1K a share.

    Looks like more smooth sailing ahead for Apple...nice try though doodles.
    This post is full of win.

    There's literally NOTHING that Ps360 can do to argue these facts. Of course, it will surely try to do so anyway and continue to make a fool of itself as usual.

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