> The CEO also confirmed that Tesla didn’t renew its contract with Home Depot to sell its energy products at their stores.
Tesla energy advisors were supposed to be at 800 Home Depots across the US earlier this year.
If they had 3.5 employees per store, and a team of 200 managing the entire effort, these layoffs could be attributed entirely to the lost Home Depot deal.
It reads more like the cuts don't include the Home Depot related staff (who surely work hourly + comission anyway, these are cuts to salaries positions).
Dude I’m just trying to find the mold spray and get out.
This is very striking to me. Does the power company get actual readings on your solar energy consumption, or is the tiering based on estimated solar usage?
Where are these people positioned in Home Depot to make it effective? Costco’s one entrance and one exit make it ideal for this kind of badgering.
I think the point of intrusive, unsolicited salesmanship is to convince people to look into products that they would otherwise ignore. People go to home depot to buy hardware, not to meet with salespeople.
Also, those employees weren't hired yet, the "advisors" were a planned/prototype project.
My local Home Depot has zero mention of any product Tesla makes.
For one, I was approached cold. I too had no idea that they had this agreement, so I was looking at something when someone came up and asked me something like "what type of project are you working on?" So I naturally just described what I was doing and before realizing this was not a HD employee.
He asks me if I thought about solar and whatever, but it wasn't relevant to my situation (roof slope orients E/W at the 45th latitude, so not great for solar). He goes on his way.
It was just a weird experience. I wasn't in a department related to electricity or solar, and they had no displays indicating a partnership with Tesla or that you may be cold-approached by a Tesla employee.
I've found that my local Walmart is often cheaper than Amazon, but I've been shopping at Amazon more frequently ever since I was repeatedly ambushed by people trying to get me to sign up for a Walmart Mastercard while I was wandering around the store shopping.
Just shopping for whatever you needed and some random guy asks what you have for television.
Also seen a woman trying to sell perfume and wanted to spray some on people at another store, kinda pushy near where the cash registers are. Aren’t some people allergic to that stuff? I think it would be better to have samples next to the actual perfume for when someone is actually shopping for that.
I've had that in Costco, trying to sell me cable TV service. Then they act completely flabbergasted when I say I don't watch TV and don't care about cable.
You walk in the door and sometimes there's someone saying: "I can save you money on your TV service"
I flat out no longer shop in my local Walmart for this reason alone. Otherwise, I don't mind Walmart.
Valuable products don't need a hard sell.
That's really obnoxious. What an awesome way to drive me to other retailers.
Is your claim that Tesla products are doing such good business at Home Depot that they no longer need salespeople?
Is anything ever bad news for this company? They are bleeding red ink, haven't ever made production goals, claim to be growing exponentially, and yet are laying off employees because business is so good?
I'm with the poster down thread: the Fandom is hard to comprehend.
I'd bet Musk saying it was Tesla's decision not to renew the deal is a classic PR corporate power myth.