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 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.”
Source: Business Insider