Peloton Cuts 500 More Jobs

Peloton

Peloton is cutting more jobs amid an ongoing restructuring effort.

The latest: In the fourth round of layoffs this year, the connected fitness brand eliminated another 500 roles, accounting for 12% of the remaining workforce.

Head Count

Stepping into the CEO role this February, Peloton’s new chief executive Barry McCarthy set out to right-size the business.

Betting that pandemic-era demand would outlast lockdowns, Peloton scaled rapidly, going from 3,700 employees pre-COVID to more than 8,600 in 2021.

Following today’s announcement, the company now counts 3,800 workers globally.

On the clock. According to the WSJ, McCarthy has set a deadline for Peloton’s turnaround, writing:

“…he is giving the unprofitable company about another six months to significantly turn itself around and, if that fails, Peloton likely isn’t viable as a stand-alone company.” 

Going For Growth

With losses topping $1.2B last quarter, McCarthy is overhauling Peloton’s business model in search of growth.

Forgoing vertical integration and direct-to-consumer sales, the company is prioritizing new partnerships.

  • Earlier this week, Peloton announced an agreement with Hilton, adding smart bikes to its portfolio of 5,400 US hotels.
  • Last week, the fitness brand said it will begin selling equipment at more than 100 DICK’S Sporting Goods stores starting this holiday season.
  • In August, Peloton began selling its original bike, workout camera, apparel, and accessories on Amazon.

Meeting people where they are is part of a more urgent strategy, including renting bikes, abandoning showrooms, outsourcing manufacturing, and potentially unbundling content from its hardware.

For sale. Peloton is also exploring a sale of Precor, a commercial fitness business it acquired for $420M in 2021.

Punchline: According to McCarthy, the goal is simple: “​​We need to grow to get the business to a sustainable level.” For now, whether or not that’s possible remains unclear.

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