Foodpanda lays off staff in Asia Pacific amid talks on partial sale of business

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SINGAPORE: Food delivery platform foodpanda is laying off staff in the Asia-Pacific region amid talks of a partial sale, the company told CNA on Saturday (Sep 23).

"We are sorry to confirm that we had to reduce our team size in the APAC region today, as the need to streamline our operations to become leaner and more agile remains critical," foodpanda said in response to CNA's queries.

On Sep 20, foodpanda's Berlin-based owner Delivery Hero confirmed talks on a partial sale of its Asia business, adding that the deal's value was still under negotiation.

It plans to sell its activities under the foodpanda brand in Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand.

Foodpanda said: "In the coming days and weeks, our focus is on supporting impacted colleagues through this difficult time. 

"We are extremely sorry to colleagues who are leaving us and are grateful for their contributions to foodpanda." 

It did not answer questions about the number of affected workers in Singapore or which departments they came from. 

In a letter from foodpanda's Asia-Pacific CEO Jakob Sebastian Angele to staff, he said the company needs to streamline its operations so it can take on "a more structured approach for the coming days".

"These decisions are always very tough and know it affects all of you, so I am truly sorry we have to put everyone through this. There is nothing I can say to make this better," he said.

He added that affected staff members would receive support, including a severance package based on their length of service or one that is aligned with the country's statutory guidelines.

Those affected may also get paid gardening leave and extended medical insurance coverage.

Employees can also encash any unused and accrued annual leave in 2023.

The most recent round of layoffs by foodpanda comes about a year after it cut jobs in September 2022, affecting staff in Singapore.

Earlier this week, foodpanda said: "Delivery Hero confirms negotiations with several parties regarding a potential sale of its foodpanda business in selected...

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