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April 22, 2009

Wal-Mart China management restructuring hits snag

Wal-Mart Inc’s plan to eliminate jobs at its China unit has met with resistance from the up to 1,400 workers involved, the U.S. retailer said on Tuesday.

The company, which has 147 outlets in China and employs over 50,000, is removing a layer of management in its stores, leaving affected employees the option of taking a lower position with lower pay, said a company spokesman.

Wal-Mart is offering the employees the option of moving to a new store but for some people it is difficult to move. It is unknown how many people had accepted the company’s offer but a company spokesman said that negotiations had been going on for several months to find a solution.

Source: Reuters

March 27, 2009

Wal-Mart shuts down lab in Ohio cutting 650 jobs

According to AP, BusinessWeek: “Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced Friday that it will shutter an optical lab in Ohio, cutting 650 jobs, as it looks to cut costs by fold its operations into facilities in Indiana and Arkansas.

The world’s largest retailer said in a statement that eyewear orders previously sent to the facility in Lockbourne, Ohio, will be dispersed to labs in Crawfordsville, Ind., Fayetteville, Ark., and Dallas.”

February 26, 2009

Canada: Wal-Mart to close six Ontario Sam’s club locations

According to Reuters, CNBC: “Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Canada to close six Ontario Sam’s club locations to focus on supercentre expansion. Canada says decision will affect co’s 6 Sam’s club locations in Pickering, Vaughan, Richmondhill, London, Cambridge and Etobicoke. Canada says is in discussions with a major US retailer to purchase its interest in 5 of the Ontario Sam’s club locations”

~News submitted by upthecreek

February 10, 2009

Wal-Mart cutting 700-800 jobs at its home offices

According to Reuters: “Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) is cutting 700 to 800 jobs at its Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club home offices as the world’s largest retailer looks to realign its corporate structure and reduce costs.

The discount retailer, which has roughly 14,000 employees at its home office in Bentonville, Arkansas, is eliminating jobs in merchandising, real estate and marketing in its Wal-Mart U.S. division, while cutting merchandising positions at its Sam’s Club warehouse division.”

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