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Shopify announces closure of offices till 2021; embraces working remotely even after lockdown is lifted

Published: 2020-05-23

As unprecedented as coronavirus has been, it has led to an upheaval in every sphere of life for most companies and people.


With entire employee bases working from home, it has left proprietors to ponder the future of workplaces altogether. Joining the likes of Facebook and Twitter who earlier announced that they would allow a substantial part of their workforce to continue working remotely long after lockdowns are lifted, is Shopify.



The firm is the latest to corroborate that 5,000 of its staff members can continue working from home.



Tobi Lutke, CEO of Shopify, says that “Shopify is a digital by default company” and offices are likely to remain closed till 2021 by which time the Ottawa-based e-commerce giant will have re-designed themselves to work remotely more efficiently.



Announcing that some employees will work remotely permanently, Tobi added that this is a new reality they need to embrace and that office centricity is over. The company has offices in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Waterloo and will map out how and when teams will get together. They plan on retaining recruitment hubs in the various cities.



Shopify, which is a success story for Canada in the age of big tech companies harbouring in US’s Silicon Valley, saw stocks jump 117 per cent this year as more and more companies move online during the crisis.



Shopify had earlier launched Shopify Capital to help small and medium enterprises secure loans in US, Canada and Europe.



Source:Apparel Resources