According to media reports, Samsung Electronics has decided to temporarily close all its retail stores in Brazil. This move is to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic. Samsung said that all of its retail stores in Brazil will be shut down until further notice. During this time, consumers can purchase the company’s products online. Yesterday, the company shut down operations at its Manaus manufacturing plant in the Amazon region of northern Brazil. This shutdown will be effective until Sunday.
Although Samsung chose to close the Manaus plant in northern Brazil, this decision did not affect its production operations in Campinas. In the city, the company’s working procedures is as usual, and only employees in management and R & D departments are to work from home. Samsung’s largest Latin American market is Brazil. The company has the country’s high consumer demand for mid-range and high-end smartphones, home appliances, and QLED TVs.
Samsung is also shutting down stores & factories in other countries
Not just in Brazil, Samsung is closing some of its manufacturing plants globally due to COVID-19. On Monday, Samsung Electronics said that due to the epidemic, the company will temporarily close its plant in India. The Noida smartphone plant near New Delhi will suspend operations until March 25. In addition to its factory in India, the company also decided to temporarily close its TV manufacturing plant in Slovakia this week.
Previously, South Korean companies such as Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics had to temporarily close some factories in China due to the Chinese New Year holiday and the outbreak of a new coronavirus. Similarly, these South Korean companies have extended the Spring Festival holiday due to the spread of a new coronavirus. However, operations are now normal in China.
Last week, Samsung closed all stores in the US and Canada to minimize the spread of the new coronavirus. The company said it put “the health and safety of employees, customers, and partners” as its “top priority”.