Walmart automation could signal further lay-offs

Walmart has announced plans for around 65% of its stores to be fully automated by the end of 2026, according to a Reuters report.
Thu 20/04/2023 by Richard Wilkinson

The announcement comes at a time when the US retail giant has laid off over 2,000 lay-offs at its online orders processing centres. The company is increasingly using its huge stores to handle online order deliveries and investing in automation to expedite order processing at its e-commerce processing facilities.

Walmart also stated that about 55% of the packages it processes at its processing centres will be routed through automated facilities by the end of 2026, with the aim of improving unit cost averages by about 20%.

Walmart forecasts net sales to increase by 2.5%-3% for the fiscal year ending January 31, 2024.


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