Walmart Canada has eliminated 750 jobs as part of a restructuring move that it says has been tested and will make more associates available during peak hours.
“We are implementing a new management structure in our stores that will enable us to provide improved service to our customers and enhanced career opportunities for our associates,” Walmart spokesperson Alex Roberton told the Star.
“We tested this new management structure in select stores across Canada over the past six months and have received positive feedback from both our customers and associates. The new management structure makes more of our associates available during peak shopping periods when our customers need us the most, and gives our associates greater access to their managers for their ongoing career development.”
According to Roberton, as a result of the new management structure, approximately 1,300 associates have been promoted to more senior positions, approximately 200 new store management roles have been added, and approximately 750 roles have been eliminated.
Associates whose roles have been eliminated will receive severance packages, professional career services and support, or can apply for other positions at Walmart, he added.
“The role eliminations make up less than 1 per cent of our Canadian workforce and average out to less than two positions per store. Overall Walmart Canada is a growth company and is generating many new jobs as we expand our store network and our food and e-commerce businesses. We will create 7,500 new jobs in Canada this year alone including trade and construction jobs,” he said.
Walmart recently reported disappointing earnings results, citing poor weather and struggling low-income customers as factors in sluggish sales.