Struggling Deals Site LivingSocial Kills Events Group, Closes New York Office
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Remaining New York staffers in its sales and advertising department have been asked to work from home. Once all local events in New York are completed by Oct. 1, the company plans to lay off dozens of part-time employees.
The deals site stressed that these changes are not part of a cost-cutting effort but "a decision geared towards achieving profitability." LivingSocial said that larger events have been more lucrative than the niche ones offered by the local-events division. Meanwhile, the company said it plans to create 50 new jobs for its call center in Tucson, Ariz.
Last November, LivingSocial laid off 400 employees, mostly in the U.S., in an effort to "streamline" its sales and editorial departments. Groupon, another big daily discount site, saw massive layoffs in 2012 as well, cutting 648 jobs over a six-month period.