J.C. Penney to Hire 1,000 Workers at New India Tech Center

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

J.C. Penney

More layoffs are anticipated at J.C. Penney.

The Plano, Texas-based retailer is opening a technology center in Bengaluru, India, where it plans to hire 450 people by the end of 2016, for a total of 1,000 employees by 2018, the Times of India reported. The new center will have engineers that assist with internal IT systems and the development of analytics, digital and e-commerce solutions.

“We are looking at India predominantly as a talent play, and not for doing incremental stuff. We are going to replatform, redesign and do cutting-edge work…There will be global roles for people here,” Michael Amend, J.C. Penney’s executive vice president of omnichannel, told the Times.

J.C. Penney spokesman Joey Thomas also said some jobs will be moved from the company’s headquarters to the new tech center. He did not know how many jobs would be affected by this labor change, except for contract workers.

The announcement followed the company’s major layoffs in the past two years. Last year, J.C. Penney laid off 300 workers from its Plano office and also trimmed 2,250 US workers’ jobs. In 2014, 2,000 jobs were also cut at the major retailer. Among these employment changes, J.C. Penney expressed the desire to fulfill consumer demands, establish seamless shopping experiences and stick to its goal to reach $1.2 billion in earnings by 2017.

J.C. Penney partnered up with Lalit Ahuja-backed ANSR Consulting, a GIC (global inhouse center) implementation firm to arrange operations for the new tech center.


Recent News

Bangladesh Wages May be Set to Double

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association wants to establish more reasonable wage standards for the country’s ready-made garment sector—and any potential shifts could come with a wage hike, too. The BGMEA has asked the government to form a wage board for workers in order……...

This content is for Annual, Monthly and Limited members only. You can read up to five free articles each month with a Limited Level Subscription. Please log in, or register.
Log In Register
Read more

Apparel Prices Edge Down in October, Footwear Prices Suffer Biggest Drop Since 2007

Consumer prices rose by an expected rate in October compared to a year ago, the result of a retreat in energy prices that had spiked at the end of hurricane season, plus flat food prices. Apparel prices dropped slightly year-over-year.

This content is for Annual, Monthly and Limited members only. You can read up to five free articles each month with a Limited Level Subscription. Please log in, or register.
Log In Register
Read more

Report: Uncertainty is the New Norm in Trade, and New Sourcing Locations Will be Key

This year hasn’t been an easy one for trade, with deals becoming defunct or upended, Brexit remaining an ongoing riddle and weather-related catastrophes disrupting global supply chains. Apart from the stress these market forces may have induced, they’ve also served as a reminder that agility is in higher demand than ever before.

This content is for Annual, Monthly and Limited members only. You can read up to five free articles each month with a Limited Level Subscription. Please log in, or register.
Log In Register
Read more

Sri Lanka’s Brandix Inks JV With Best Pacific to Improve Synthetics Offering

Brandix, one of Sri Lanka’s leading exporters, has signed a joint venture agreement with global synthetic materials manufacturer Best Pacific of Hong Kong to produce synthetic fabric and webbing.

This content is for Annual, Monthly and Limited members only. You can read up to five free articles each month with a Limited Level Subscription. Please log in, or register.
Log In Register
Read more