Today's layoffs cover 2 percent of Sam's Club's overall workforce of around 116,000 employees in 630 units located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Middle managers will be affected.
The chain said that the cuts are aimed at salaried assistant managers and a few hourly workers. Sam's Club said that it wants to be more nimble to better compete withrivalstores including Costco Wholesale Corp. and Amazon, the world's largest online retail company.
Sam's Club spokesman Bill Durling said that the move was right to improve the positioning of the company. "We are trying to rebalance our resources in the field to make sure we are investing in the clubs that have the higher growthpotential and balancing resources across the chain," he told the Associated Press.
Beginning next month, the chain will open 15 or more stores. As for the affected workers, they will still recieve pay for the next 60 days. The 60-day period will also give them ample time to apply for job opportunities at Wal-Mart stores and other Sam's Club's operations.
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