Interesting article from the BusinessInsider.com today:
“Rue La La just laid off 11 percent of its 500-person staff, according to the company.
The Boston Business Journal first reported the layoffs.
Site owner Retail Convergence is also shutting down SmartBargains.com, a discount shopping site, according to the report.
Some employees were offered other positions in the company, and everyone was offered some kind of severance package, a source close to the company told us.
“It was a mess upstairs. People were crying all over the place,” one unnamed employee told the Boston Business Journal.
Rue La La operator Retail Convergence raised about $25 million from General Catalyst Partners and Breakaway Partners before being acquired by a company called GSI Commerce for $350 million, reports The Boston Business Journal.
eBay then bought GSI Commerce in 2009, and Rue La La got $500 million in debt and equity financing as part of the deal, according to the report. Retail Convergence, the owner of Rue La La and SmartBargains.com was spun out as part of that deal.
Here’s the full statement from Rue La La:
Since launching in 2008, Rue La La has transformed online shopping and has become a leader in the “private sale” shopping space. In a continued effort to revolutionize off-price shopping, we have made the strategic decision to double down on our core business. This heightened focus on our core includes the restructuring of our Rue Local business by outsourcing our sales force and consolidating SmartBargains.com into Rue La La. SmartBargains.com was originally launched 1999. These moves unfortunately resulted in the elimination of some staff positions. Rue La La has continued to see dramatic growth with nearly $300MM in sales in 2011 and similar growth planned for 2012 and beyond.”
We hate to see people let go anywhere, but hope that Rue’s decision to do so will help the site grow and offer new products and better discounts to consumers.
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