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Starbucks Egypt faces layoffs amid boycott over Gaza offensive

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Cairo, Egypt: In the wake of a boycott campaign fueled by the deadly offensive on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Starbucks Egypt is reportedly grappling with financial losses, leading to the alleged layoff of numerous workers.

The coffee giant has been targeted by the boycott in Egypt, with claims that the company supports Israel, despite Starbucks having no operational franchise in Israel since 2003.

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The boycott gained traction in Egypt, impacting Starbucks’ bottom line, as protesters accused the Seattle-founded chain of backing Israel.

These allegations, vehemently denied by the company, have reportedly led to a decline in sales and financial difficulties for Starbucks in the region.

Sources within the company, speaking anonymously due to job-related concerns, revealed that several employees and workers have been informed about their discharge.

The reason cited was a significant drop in sales attributed to the ongoing boycott campaign. However, specific details about the alleged financial losses and the number of staff affected were not disclosed.

According to one source, Starbucks Egypt has implemented cost-cutting measures, including laying off employees, to cope with the financial impact of the boycott.

The remaining workers are reportedly facing increased workloads as the company strives to compensate for the shortage in staff.

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Starbucks has been a focal point of boycott campaigns in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, partly due to the past association of its former CEO, Howard Schultz, with Israel.

Schultz is known for his outspoken support of Israel, contributing to the company becoming a target despite not having a presence in the country for nearly two decades.

The situation highlights the complex intersection of business, politics, and social movements, where companies may find themselves caught in the crossfire of geopolitical conflicts.

The impact of such boycotts on multinational corporations underscores the challenges they face in navigating global markets amid sensitive political issues.

As Starbucks Egypt grapples with the aftermath of the boycott and alleged layoffs, the situation may prompt reflection on the broader implications for businesses operating in regions where geopolitical tensions can significantly influence consumer sentiment and, consequently, financial performance.

 

This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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