Reportedly, Walmart (WMT) has asked employees at five of its facilities in the United States that handle e-commerce orders to find jobs at other company locations within 90 days, as a reduction or elimination in evening and weekend shifts led to layoffs. The affected locations include Pedricktown, New Jersey, Fort Worth, Texas, Chino, California, Davenport, Florida, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Walmart has been investing in automation technology to streamline its e-commerce order processing, partnering with companies such as Knapp to cut down the number of steps it takes employees to process orders. However, the company spokesperson stated that the layoffs were not classified as mass layoffs and that the warehouses continued to operate normally. Walmart did not provide a WARN notification for the other affected locations, as the company is uncertain about the exact number of employees that will be laid off and re-hired. The recent layoffs are part of the company’s ongoing modernization plan, which began with the layoff of nearly 1,500 workers at an online order fulfillment center in Atlanta, Georgia.
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