Walmart is laying off hundreds of employees at its e-commerce fulfillment centers nationwide. The company said it made the cuts “to better prepare for the future needs of customers.”

“This decision was not made lightly, and we’re working closely with affected associates to help them understand what career options may be available at other Walmart locations,” the statement said.

Reuters first reported the news.

The big-box giant joins a growing list of retailers, including Amazon and Target, cutting costs after expanding online operations and warehousing during the pandemic.

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