US-based retail giant Walmart is reportedly eliminating hundreds of jobs at its e-commerce fulfilment facilities across the US.
Reuters quoted a company spokesperson as saying that the employees at the five fulfilment facilities have been asked to find other roles at Walmart’s other new high-tech e-commerce distribution centres in Joliet, Illinois, and Lancaster, Texas, within 90 days.
The decision impacts around 200 workers at Walmart’s Pedricktown facility in New Jersey, as well as hundreds of others at fulfilment centres in Fort Worth, Texas; Chino, California; Davenport, Florida; and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
The retailer said in a statement that it had ‘recently adjusted staffing levels to better prepare for the future needs of customers’.
Workers who would be impacted by the decision will be eligible for roles at the firm’s 5,000 stores in the US, the spokesperson said.
Quoting an emailed statement from the company, Bloomberg News said the decision ‘was not made lightly’ and that the retailer was ‘working closely with affected associates to help them understand what career options may be available at other Walmart locations’.
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