Walmart intends to lay off more than 1,000 workers at an Atlanta facility which deals with orders from its website.

The retailer has announced the redundancies of 1,458 employees at its e-commerce fulfillment center on Fulton Parkway in Atlanta, Georgia.

The employees were notified about the move in late August.

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A company spokesperson said: “We’re converting the fulfillment center on Fulton Parkway to support our growing WFS (Walmart Fulfillment Services) business.

“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.”

US labor law requires companies with 100 or more employees to give a WARN notice with 60 days early warning of factory closures and mass layoffs.

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On Thursday, October 6, the company announced it would take over the robotics and automation firm Alert Innovation.

Its purpose is to help speed up deliveries and reduce the number of steps taken by workers in processing orders.

The Atlanta facility modification is part of its goal to renovate and build warehouses with a more high-tech touch to support the company’s fast-growing online business.

All affected workers are being aided with paid job searches, and some have been recruited back at other Walmart stores and supply chain centers.

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The move comes just two weeks after the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer announced plans to add 40,000 more seasonal workers.

Most of the sought positions are for in-store associates to help with the busy holiday season.

Many US retailers are wagering that as e-commerce sales slump, holiday shoppers will return to physical stores, and are staffing up appropriately.

Walmart employs more than 70,000 associates in the state of Georgia.

Source: Reuters

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