Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Online retail giant Amazon plans to lay off 'hundreds of staff' in Seattle and elsewhere

Online retail giant Amazon is reportedly cutting hundreds of roles at its Seattle headquarters and elsewhere in its consumer business.
The company said a "small" number of jobs would be cut, but a source who wished to remain anonymous said the layoffs would affect hundreds of people.
They said the cuts, which they described as rare, were decided as the company shifts resources into fast-growing areas like its work on voice assistant Alexa.

As the firm planned for 2018 it realised certain mature areas of its business no longer required as much staff for the results it was aiming to achieve, they added.

The layoffs are expected to be completed in the next few weeks, The Seattle Times reported.

Amazon did not say how many staff would be laid off and which specific offices and positions would be affected.

The company said it would consider those affected for other roles, adding it was still hiring aggressively in other areas.
"Our 2017 projections for Alexa were very optimistic, and we far exceeded them," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and chief executive, in a statement earlier this month.

"We don't see positive surprises of this magnitude very often - expect us to double down."

The firm has been exploring ways that minimise human labour. Its Amazon Go store concept - which recently opened in Seattle - involves no checkouts with all goods bought via an app.

SKY       News.

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