Wal-Mart is cutting about 7,000 back-office store jobs over the next few months as it centralizes its invoice and accounting. Photo: AP
Walmart plans to shed about 7,000 store accounting and invoicing positions as the company moves to automate those processes, though workers will be offered positions elsewhere in their stores, the company confirmed Thursday.
"We've seen some pretty strong success on the pilot and have decided to roll it out across all of our U.S. stores," Walmart spokesperson Deisha Galberth said.
The chain said workers will be transitioned into other roles that involve interacting with customers, though they may get pay cuts.
Galberth described the automated "cash recycling machine" as a "quicker, safer and more secure" step to modernize Walmart's store accounting processes.
The transition will take several months, she said.
"There are roles for all of these folks and we are aiming to have everyone transition into those roles wherever possible," she said.
The customer-facing jobs would include positions like working in the online pickup department or as pharmacy technicians.
In June, Wal-Mart, the country's largest private-sector employer, had said it would cut back-office jobs in hundreds of stores and if it was satisfied with the changes it would roll it out to other stores.
Recently, the retailer launched a new system for scheduling workers at 650 U.S. stores in an effort to improve staffing levels during peak shopping times.
Wal-Mart has also committed to investing $2.7 billion in programs that involve training its workforce and a series of wage hikes that took the minimum hourly pay for store workers to $10 an hour earlier this year.