Walmart is cutting management roles at some stores

Walmart is firing more employees.

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Walmart is firing more employees.
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Reuters

  • Walmart is cutting some department manager positions at lower volume stores.
  • Many of the workers impacted by the cuts will be placed in other jobs at Walmart, including other management positions, Walmart said
  • Walmart said last month it was removing 3,500 salaried co-managers and adding 1,700 lower-paid assistant store managers.
  • Walmart also announced in January that it would raise its starting hourly wages to $11, expand parental leave benefits, and give cash bonuses to employees of up to $1,000.

Walmart is restructuring store management positions at some of its 4,700 stores.

The retailer is cutting two department manager positions at some of its lower volume stores, the Wall Street Journal reports. The hourly positions oversee cell phone departments and online grocery pickup areas, the company said.

Another position, known as frontend zone supervisors, has also been eliminated across Walmart stores, the company told Business Insider. That position was already cut at some Walmart stores during a restructuring several years ago. This most recent move eliminated frontend zone supervisors who remained because the job had redundancies with other positions in the store.

Many of the workers impacted by the cuts will be placed in other jobs at Walmart, including other management positions, Walmart said. Walmart is also adding 800 new ecommerce assistant managers at higher volume stores.

“Retail is changing rapidly and over the past two years, we’ve been transforming too,” a Walmart spokesman said. “Our associates are fundamentally important to this effort, and success depends on having the right people in the right place at the right time.That means creating new roles while consolidating and redesigning others.”

The restructuring comes one month after the retailer said it was removing 3,500 salaried co-managers and adding 1,700 lower-paid assistant store managers. Walmart also said last month that it was closing 63 Sam’s Club stores in a move that would impact roughly 9,400 employees.

The eliminations follow Walmart’s announcement in January that it would raise its starting hourly wages to $11, expand parental leave benefits, and give cash bonuses of up to $1,000 to employees.

“Retail is changing rapidly and over the past two years, we’ve been transforming too,” a Walmart spokesman told the Journal. “That means creating new roles while consolidating and redesigning others.”