Traditionally, job termination notices took the form of a pink slip of paper that employees found in their mailbox or in the envelope carrying their paycheck.

Recently, however, tech retailer Radio Shack used e-mails to give more than 400 employees notice of their involuntary separation from the firm. That move probably wasn’t the use of technology many in the e-commerce, or the bricks-and-mortar, world envisioned for the business sector.