Target Lays Off 180 in India

MINNEAPOLIS (Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS) -

About 180 employees in Target Corp.’s offices in India have lost their jobs as part of the retailer’s series of rolling layoffs aimed at streamlining its corporate structure.

No employees at Target’s Minneapolis headquarters were impacted by this round, Molly Snyder, a company spokesperson, said Thursday.

In addition to the 180 positions that were eliminated, Target is closing 125 open positions at those offices.

Before these cuts, Target employed about 2,800 workers at its tech operations in Bangalore. About 170 workers in India were also laid off in February following Target’s announcement that it was exiting Canada.

On Wednesday, Mike McNamara, Target’s new chief information officer, had his first official day on the job in Minneapolis. He will oversee the retailer’s tech operations, including the offices in India.

Since February, Target has laid off 2,350 workers from its headquarters offices in the Twin Cities. The biggest round was in March and affected 1,700 employees. Most of the cuts have been aimed at driving greater speed and efficiency within the organization. The company has said it will cut several thousand corporate employees over two years and will fuel those cost savings into investments in technology.

While the most recent cuts in India were aimed at an area that Target is trying to strengthen — its technological capabilities — the company said it will “continue to heavily invest in areas such as digital, personalization, data and analytics, and engineering.”