Blue Apron Is Laying Off Hundreds of Workers

Move follows rough few months for meal-kit company
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 19, 2017 12:33 AM CDT
Blue Apron Cuts Hundreds of Jobs
A home-delivered meal from Blue Apron.   (AP Photo/Matthew Mead, File)

Crushed by Amazon? Blue Apron is cutting about 320 jobs, less than four months after the meal-kit seller became a public company. New York-based Blue Apron, which had nearly 5,400 employees in June, says the layoffs represent about 6% of its workforce. The company says the cuts were at its corporate offices and warehouses where its meal kits are packed and shipped.

Blue Apron has been facing increasing competition. Amazon, which recently bought grocer Whole Foods, is testing its own meal kits. And supermarket operator Albertsons recently bought rival Plated and plans to sell kits at its 2,300 stores. Shares of Blue Apron Holdings Inc. have lost nearly half their value since they began trading on the stock market at the end of June, the AP reports. (More layoffs stories.)

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