Walmart “making changes,” associates cite layoffs in Bentonville

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UPDATE: Walmart leaders sent a message to all employees.

“Due to the economic uncertainty from this unprecedented pandemic, we are enhancing the support to affected associates. All those affected will be paid through the end of this fiscal year as they look for new roles, with dedicated support throughout that search process,” the letter said.

The full message is below.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Walmart confirms it is making additional changes within its U.S. business, which may affect some jobs at its Bentonville headquarters.

Associates at Walmart’s Home Office in Bentonville tell KNWA & FOX24 they were laid off on Wednesday, July 29. According to the associates, Walmart said it will continue to pay anyone let go and allow them to keep their benefits through January 31, 2021.

KNWA & FOX24 reached out to Walmart for a statement regarding the reports of the layoffs.

We are continuing on our journey to create an omni-channel organization within our Walmart U.S. business and we’re making some additional changes this week. Our customers want to have a seamless experience whether they’re shopping in our stores, using our app or shopping online at http://walmart.com.  Our goal is to deliver that experience while increasing innovation, speed and productivity. We will share additional information after we’ve completed our communication with associates.

Jami Lamontagne, Walmart spokesperson

Stay with KNWA & FOX24 for this developing story.

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