Walmart Inc. has decided to lay-off more than 1,000 workers at their fulfillment center in Atlanta. Moreover, the retail giant communicated the same in their latest filing with Georgia Department of Labor.
Walmart filed Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filed last week. The notice stated that Walmart will lay-off 1,458 workers at its e-commerce fulfillment center located in Fulton Parkway in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, Walmart also stated that they will complete the lay-offs by 2nd of December. A WARN notice is mandated by U.S. labor law. It requires companies with 100 or more employees to provide 60-day advance notification of plant closings and mass layoffs. Accordingly, Walmart stated that they had notified the employees regarding lay-offs in August this year. “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.” Walmart’s spokesperson Scott Pope said in a statement.
“This strategic move allows our third-party sellers to take even more advantage of our world-class supply chain capabilities for delivery to their customers. With the Atlanta WFS conversion, associates will be on the leading edge of technology and piloting a facility model that, when successful, will transform how we grow and manage our ‘best in class’ customer service offerings across multiple platforms.” Karisa Sprague, SVP of fulfilment center operations for Walmart U.S. said in a statement.
Acquisition of Alert Innovation
Moreover, the Walmart Inc. announced that they will acquire Alert Innovation. Alert Innovation is a robotics and automation firm which helps to speed up deliveries and cut the number of steps taken by employees in processing orders. Therefore, Walmart is planning to convert the Atlanta’s center to modernized one. They will build a warehouse with a more high-tech spin to support its rapidly growing online business.
Furthermore, Walmart has pledged to assist the affected workers with paid job searches. In addition, the company may re-hire some employees at other Walmart stores and supply chain facilities.
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