Walmart To Lay Off More Than 1,400 Workers At Atlanta Fulfillment Center

Walmart To Lay Off More Than 1,400 Workers At Atlanta Fulfillment Center

Walmart Lays Off 1,500 Workers At Atlanta Fulfillment Center (2)
Walmart Lays Off 1,500 Workers At Atlanta Fulfillment Center (2)
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Walmart plans to lay off 1,458 employees working at its fulfillment center in Fulton County, Georgia.

The company’s decision to reduce its fulfillment center workforce comes along with its acquisition of robotics company Alert Innovation, which will help the company expedite its deliveries and reduce the number of manual steps involved in processing orders.

“We’re converting the fulfillment center on Fulton Parkway to support our growing WFS (Walmart Fulfillment Services) business,” Scott Pope, a spokesperson for Walmart, told Reuters.

“As part of the conversion, the facility’s infrastructure, operational resources, processes, staffing requirements, and equipment are being adjusted to meet the building’s needs.”

The acquisition comes at a time when Walmart and other players in the retail sector are racing to automate their warehouses to support their online business and reduce overhead costs relating to Human Resources.

At the Georgia facility, affected employees are being offered paid assistance with finding other jobs, and some have reportedly been hired back by other Walmart locations and supply chain facilities.

Last month, Walmart announced plans to hire 40,000 seasonal workers to support its operations during the holiday season — far lower than Target’s goal of hiring 100,000 workers and Amazon’s plan to hire 150,000 workers.

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