We're getting reports that Alibaba's US marketplace 11 Main has made massive layoffs today. Alibaba sold the company to OpenSky
last month, at the same time acquiring a 37% share in OpenSky. We've been unable to connect with OpenSky PR or with our contact at 11 Main.
According to 11 Main employees who wish to remain anonymous, it looks like the San Mateo office is closing and the Chico, California office will remain open with a much reduced headcount.
Last month, we conducted this Q&A with 11 Main spokesperson Abbygail Reyes:
Q: Can you confirm 11 Main has over 3,000 unique shops and over 2.5 million listings?
A: Yes, 11 Main has more than 3,000 shops and more than 2.5 million product listings.
Q: Is 11 Main still looking for more sellers?
A: Yes, 11 Main continues to add sellers to the platform.
Q: Are you still with 11 Main now under OpenSky, or are you with Alibaba?
A: OpenSky and 11 Main have merged. OpenSky is an independent company. Alibaba is a minority shareholder in OpenSky.
Q: Wondering what you would tell sellers who are nervous about eBay listing tools going away (Auctiva and Vendio)? Are Jeff (Schlicht) and Mike (Effle) still with the 11 Main?
A: Auctiva and Vendio are core to the company and we are continuing our investment in these businesses. Both Jeff and Mike are still with 11 Main.
After the news broke of the sale of 11 Main to OpenSky last month, employees told EcommerceBytes that after the April layoffs (which we had reported
at the time), they were left with the impression that their jobs were safe until the end of 2015 (about 200 employees between the two offices).
After the sale of 11 Main in June, however, employees were told that OpenSky had a "lean" philosophy when it came to staffing, so they had become worried about layoffs - and we're hearing today that under 50 employees will be kept.
There's no official word from 11 Main as of yet, and there's no word on what, if anything, will happen with 11 Main and the eBay tools from Auctiva and Vendio.