Bounce lays off 130 workers as Covid-19 hits mobility businessScooter rental platform Bounce has laid off 130 employees, or 22% of its workforce, as its business was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is the second such downsizing this year.

“Unfortunately, the way the external environment has continued to shift means our medium-term workforce needs have changed as several new business lines, products, and projects we had planned will have to either transform or be put on hold in the coming quarters,” Co-Founder and CEO Vivekananda Hallekere said in a blog post.

Hallekere said that the company will offer a three-month severance package to all affected employees.

In May, Uber too let go of 600 people, or a fourth of its 2,600 workforce in India, across levels and teams. The same month, its homegrown rival Ola laid off a third of its team members in the country, affecting 1,400 employees.

The mobility business globally has been one of the worst-hit with the spread of the coronavirus.

Last week, ET reported that shared mobility companies are facing weak recovery in ride numbers, even after the economy unlocked following two months of a nationwide shutdown. The outlook for cabs, rental services, bikes and autorickshaws for the full year also looks dim, as people in cities fear stepping out due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Drop in tourism and corporate travel is also hurting shared rides.

“This decision is purely an outcome of a change in our business priorities and does not either reflect the unparalleled capability, performance, or dedication of any member of our team,” Hallekere said.





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