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Blue Nile to Cut 119 Jobs, Close Fulfillment Center in Seattle

The layoffs will start on July 14.




Blue Nile plans to lay off 119 employees as it closes a fulfillment center in Seattle.

The cuts will start on July 14, the online jeweler stated in a notice filed with the Washington state Employment Security Department.

Blue Nile was acquired by Signet Jewelers last year for $360 million.

Signet told Retail Dive in a statement: “As part of the integration of Blue Nile, we will be reducing duplicative fulfillment center services to centralize these services within our existing New York City fulfillment center over the coming months.”

For affected Blue Nile team members, the company is providing outplacement and support services, and “where appropriate, some team members have been offered a relocation package to join our operations in New York City, or are exploring other roles throughout the company including those in our Seattle operations.”




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Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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