Samsung closes all its factories and stores in Brazil for at least two weeks
At the beginning of the week Samsung closed a production plant in Brazil. Today also closed the second. The reason, of course, is always the same: the health emergency that has affected the whole world, and the need to protect the health of its employees.
According to the latest reports, the Campinas plant, near São Paulo, will not reopen for two weeks, and will therefore be closed from next Monday until April 12th. The company initially thought of stopping production only from Tuesday until Sunday, but then it retraced its steps and decided to extend the duration of the block.
In addition, Samsung also announced that it has ordered the closure of all its retail stores in Brazil (which are 300), and that it has asked its employees to work from home. Obviously, these are not the first measures taken by Samsung (or other manufacturers) in response to the epidemic of COVID-19, nor can we unfortunately speculate that they will be the last: the company has had to close factories in recent months India (just like Apple recently), Hungary, Slovakia, the United States, as well as stores in China, Canada, Malaysia and the United States again.
And as we know, the effects of this crisis are not only intended to slow down production, but also to decrease sales, as evidenced by the first market reports on the new S20s, which recorded results that are down, 40% lower than those reported from Galaxy S10 a year ago.
Samsung, at first, was one of the manufacturers who had better absorbed the blow, due to the fact that most of its production facilities are located outside of China. With the spread of the pandemic, however, problems have also come for the Korean giant. At home he donated $ 24.6 million to support health care facilities, as well as providing support for other brands in the (crucial) production of health masks.