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Logistics giant laying off nearly 400 in the East Bay

DHL Supply Chain is laying off 394 employees across two locations in Livermore, in one of the largest recent Bay Area job cuts outside of the tech sector.

According to state filings, affected workers include 156 forklift operators, 105 material handlers and 87 kitting technicians across the two warehouse facilities at 1201 Voyager St. and 7364 Marathon Drive, which will remain open.

The German logistics company said the staff reductions are in response to a customer’s change in business.

“At DHL Supply Chain we work closely with our customers to assure our operations are tightly aligned with their strategic and operational needs,” the company said. “As a result of the continued growth in our overall business we will be offering affected employees first-consideration for open opportunities at other DHL Supply Chain sites in the area.”

DHL’s parent Deutsche Post DHL Group saw record revenue of 81.7 billion euros ($86.8 billion) in the 2021 fiscal year, as e-commerce and global trade boomed and said the first three quarters of 2022 were the “most successful in our company’s history,” despite weakness in the global economy.

Meanwhile, after growing massively during the pandemic, e-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly seeking to lay off as many as 20,000 workers, including warehouse staff and tech workers, according to Computerworld. The company already cut 263 tech jobs in Sunnyvale last month.

Roland Li is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @rolandlisf


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