Walmart is continuing its efforts to grow its e-commerce presence, shifting and streamlining its staff with a newly-announced intent to trim 200 e-commerce jobs in California.
The move looks to transfer the company’s e-commerce staff into more shopper-facing roles, according to a memo reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
In the announcement, newly-appointed e-commerce Chief and President and CEO of Walmart.com Marc Lore said that the retailer is “focused on adding the right talent to our team and making sure we're investing in ways that directly improve our customer experience.”
The cuts, announced Tuesday January 24, are intended to shift the retailer’s e-commerce staff toward more shopper-facing roles and pare away unnecessary operating costs as the company continues to aggressively pursue e-commerce goals, per a MarketWatch report. As Walmart.com grows—the site sells millions more product now than it did a year ago—more employees will be required to manage those items.
"We don't need as many senior people, and there is some aspect that is performance related," said Vice President of PR/Corporate Communications at Walmart Global E-Commerce & Technology, Dan Toporek.
Walmart has invested billions to boost its e-commerce sales, buying Jet.com for $3.3 billion last year, and the company announced goals to add 10,000 retail jobs—and 34,000 jobs overall—over the course of the next year. This next move, the retailer said, is part of an effort to continue growing its burgeoning e-commerce efforts.
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