Thread regarding Cabela's Inc. layoffs

From a customer’s point of view...

I'm a customer...I do NOT live anywhere close to Nebraska...but have been following the demise of one of my favorite retailers closely for a few years (and watching this board every now and then).

I'm sure that one thing leading to this decision is the fact that sales have drastically slumped since Bass Pro acquired the rights to Cablea's. Go into ANY store and look at the selection. Most, if not all, items have been replaced with lower quality Bass Pro branded items. If you are able to find a Cabela's item, it's probably a clearance item.

Cabela's had a strong customer following which has been alienated. Many will never return to the new company as it now stands. The last sentence, "...while maintaining an obligation to customers" is somewhat of a joke. It must be. How can you claim that, while at the same time, destroying a trusted brand, eliminating product and raising prices? Customers are not stupid; I'm not stupid. They claim, "restructuring its distribution network to ... better compete with e-commerce companies such as Amazon." That is a pipe dream; they will never compete with Amazon since most products are available on Amazon at substantially lower prices AND free shipping...All except the Bass Pro brands. Cabela's stores have become just another outlet for Bass Pro to push their branded merchandise. No one in their right mind would ever go the Bass Pro or Cabela's to buy name brand stuff; its too over priced.

I don't know how you can purchase a company for over 5 billion dollars and then COMPLETELY ignore it's source of income (the customer). I expect many more announcements like this in the following months and years as the company tries to compensate for their bad decisions.

Thought this was a good post from @XXMh2Mr-1ddq that provides an outside view of the company, and in a lot of cases that is more realistic than what we see from the inside.

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I am a former customer too and I have not nor will I buy anything from them again - I started to shy away when they went public and hired a slew of big store losers - lost focus and begin the death spiral - who wants to really know what goes on behind the business - lost respect and a bit of mystique when all they dithered about was 2% up here, 10% down here all the while robbing the company blind. Goof riddance.

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When I started at Cabela’s 12 years ago Cabela’s hired only the best of the best for each department, recently when I left this past October the turn over of employees was real fast they just hired anyone and trained them. I prefer to shop at a store where the employees have a passion for their work and prior knowledge.

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When I started at Cabela’s 12 years ago Cabela’s hired only the best of the best for each department, recently when I left this past October the turn over of employees was real fast they just hired anyone and trained them. I prefer to shop at a store where the employees have a passion for their work and prior knowledge.

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When I started at Cabela’s 12 years ago Cabela’s hired only the best of the best for each department, recently when I left this past October the turn over of employees was real fast they just hired anyone and trained them. I prefer to shop at a store where the employees have a passion for their work and prior knowledge.

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I don't think they are compensating for a bad decision. Any good company will make smart decisions to save, and make, more money. Streamlining operations checks both of those boxes. Also, customers will buy wherever they want to buy. It is unfortunate that people lose their jobs, but that's part of life. Seems like every week there's a new announcement that a brick and mortar chain is closing stores, filing for bankruptcy or closing altogether. Payless, Sears, Gymboree, Charlotte Russe, Macy's, JC Penney, Kohl's and Nordstrom are closing some or all of their stores in 2019. There are more listed at the link below. https://www.businessinsider.com/stores-closing-this-year-2019-2

Where do you think all the loyal customers of those stores will go to shop? Time will tell if Bass Pro Shops made a bad business decision. Time will tell. If I had to bet, I'd say they didn't.

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