NEW YORK — Wal-Mart laid off 450 workers at its headquarters Friday as the world’s largest retailer attempts to become more nimble so that it can better compete with the likes of Amazon.com.
There are more than 18,000 people who work at the headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, a close-knit community in northwest Arkansas. The cuts were across all areas, from finance to global e-commerce. The company says that the employees were spoken with individually early on Friday.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. illegally retaliated against protesting U.S. workers, the National Labor Relations Board said in a complaint stemming from job actions timed to the busy shopping day after the Thanksgiving holiday.
The labor board said yesterday that Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, threatened, disciplined and fired employees who took part in strikes and protests at 34 stores in 14 states during the past two years.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, reported stagnant same-store sales and cut its earnings forecast for the year, hurt by higher health-care costs and slow traffic at its supercenters.
Earnings for the year will now be US$4.90 to US$5.15 a share, down from a previous range of as much as US$5.45, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said today in a statement. Sales at U.S. Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores open at least 12 months were little changed last quarter, which ended Aug. 1.
We are not talking about a couple of empty shelves. This is throughout the store in every store. Some places look like they’re going out of business
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, already struggling to woo shoppers constrained by higher taxes, is “getting worse” at keeping shelves stocked, the retailer’s U.S. chief told executives, according to minutes of an officers’ meeting obtained by Bloomberg News.