i2 Technologies lays off 587 workers

Struggling business-to-business and supply-chain software vendor i2 Technologies said it's laying off another 10 percent of its workforce, or 587 workers, in order to become profitable.

As of yesterday, i2 had 5,870 employees, according to spokeswoman Sue LaDow. "Yesterday, we started the actions with our impacted employees," LaDow said.

It is the second round of layoffs for the Dallas-based company in the past four months. In April, i2 said it laid off more than 600 workers after its first-quarter profits came in nearly 50 percent below the year-earlier level. Like other business-to-business vendors, i2 is being hit by a slowdown in the economy and lower-than-expected sales.

Last week, i2 reported that total revenue for the second quarter fell to US$241 million, from $243 million in the second quarter of 2000. The company reported a net loss of $861 million, or $2.08 per share, for the second quarter, compared with a loss of $281 million, or 83 cents per share, in the second quarter a year ago.

On Monday, i2 announced the departure of Reagan Lancaster, the company's president of worldwide field operations. Lancaster, who had been with i2 for the past six years, was named to the position in May.

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