You and me baby ain't nothing but mammals
Inspired sub-heading, worth one of these at least ------>
NetApp has laid off a bunch of staff in EMEA, shuttering certain offices and withdrawing a direct presence in the countries where it is deemed economically viable to sell only via channel types. A large hand flicks an icon of a little red man. Image via shutterstock (Lasse Kristensen) Fujitsu eyes sales decline, decides to …
I just watched it again. Good times. So unashamedly offensive on so many levels*
It would never get filmed nowadays. Too much activist outrage. The women getting tranqued for example? Could be construed as rapey.
* but more in a cheekily tasteless than truly nasty fashion. sorry, lotsa worthier targets of outrage than these apes
In many industries it is quite common for there to be regional office that might handle several countries in a region through local dealers/reps. The regional office is usually the regional parts depot and technical/sales support office for the reps. It seems that too many Silly Valley firms do not know how to do this or understand the need to do this.
Firstly, it's unfortunate that people have lost their jobs.
I can understand some of these countries being closed. Estonia, Slovenia, etc. However - Norway, South Africa, Nigeria, Turkey - all huge countries business wise.
Trusting these to the channel is risky - they are not your employees. They have businesses to run and if more margin is to be had with another vendor, or, another vendor whom has a direct presence starts building influence in the country they will look after themselves. Especially given the number of deals that are being flipped to direct!