Report: Discount giant plans to cut thousands of corporate, co-manager positions

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Report: Discount giant plans to cut thousands of corporate, co-manager positions

By Deena M. Amato-McCoy - 01/12/2018
Walmart just announced that it plans to hand out thousands of pink slips across its corporate office, as well as at store-level.

The discount giant is planning to eliminate more than 1,000 corporate jobs, according to CNBC, which cited The Wall Street Journal. (The Wall Street Journal first broke the story.)

According to the Journal, the job cuts, which are expected to focus on workers in various roles at the company’s Arkansas headquarters, are expected to be completed by the end of the company’s fiscal year on Jan. 31.

Walmart also plans to slash about 3,500 store co-manager positions. These salaried employees act as a lieutenant underneath each store manager. All co-managers were expected to be notified Friday, Jan. 12. They are eligible to apply for other roles, according to Bloomberg.

To offset these lay-offs, Walmart also plans to add approximately 1,700 assistant store managers. A slightly lower-paid role, these employees will be tasked with overseeing fast-growing areas, like online orders, the report revealed.

Both announcements come on the heels of Walmart’s decision to close 63 Sam’s Club stores across the United States. The closings, which will happen during the next few weeks, will leave the company with 597 Sam’s Clubs locations.

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