Barnes & Noble recently laid off 1800 employees.
This is one more step along its slow demise along with other “big box” brands being cannibalized by Amazon and other online retailers.
On Monday morning, every single Barnes & Noble location – that’s 781 stores – told their full-time employees to pack up and leave. The eliminated positions were as follows: the head cashiers (those are the people responsible for handling the money), the receiving managers (the people responsible for bringing in product and making sure it goes where it should), the digital leads (the people responsible for solving Nook problems), the newsstand leads (the people responsible for distributing the magazines), and the bargain leads (the people responsible for keeping up the massive discount sections).
I’m conflicted by this news, because I have something of a love/hate relationship with B&N.