A major software company called Salesforce.com is now telling gun retailers that use its software that they can’t sell AR-15 type rifles and keep doing business with them:
WAPO – On its website, Salesforce.com touts retailer Camping World as a leading customer of its business software, highlighting its use of products to help sales staff move product. A Camping World executive is even quoted calling Salesforce’s software “magic.”
But behind the scenes in recent weeks, the Silicon Valley tech giant has delivered a different message to gun-selling retailers such as Camping World: Stop selling military-style rifles, or stop using our software.
The pressure Salesforce is exerting on those retailers — barring them from using its technology to market products, manage customer service operations and fulfill orders — puts them in a difficult position. Camping World, for example, spends more than $1 million a year on Salesforce’s e-commerce software, according to one analyst estimate. Switching to another provider now could cost the company double that to migrate data, reconfigure systems and retrain employees.
Salesforce’s new policy bars customers that sell a range of firearms — including automatic and semiautomatic — from using its e-commerce technology. The policy also precludes customers from selling some firearm parts, such as “magazines capable of accepting more than 10 rounds” and “multi-burst trigger devices.”
The change affects “a small number of existing customers when their current contracts expire,” as well as all new customers, Salesforce spokeswoman Gina Sheibley said. She declined to name specific customers, but Camping World’s Gander Outdoor unit sells a variety of semiautomatic firearms and high-capacity magazines. Camping World executives didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.
Good grief, gun-control SJWs are everywhere. This makes zero business sense.
If I were Camping World, I’d sue the heck out of Salesforce.com. They can’t be expected to just completely switch their software because Salesforce decided they don’t like AR-15s anymore. Especially when they are paying over a million dollars for this company’s services.
The alternative is to dump Salesforce.com. Companies do switch software platforms from time to time, but it’s typically a big deal and normally isn’t caused by idiocy like this. But hey, maybe one of Salesforce.com’s competitors can start to get a leg up…