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Sam's Club layoffs: Wal-Mart to lay off 2,300 workers

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Some big roll backs are coming as many are preparing for the much talked about Sam's Club layoffs. 4029TV.com reported on Jan. 24, 2014, that Wal-Mart has said it is eliminating 2,300 workers at its Sam's Club division as it gets ready to reduce the ranks of middle managers.

The Sam's Club layoffs are going to cut two percent of the membership club's U.S. employee count of close to 116,000. This will mark the largest cut backs since 2010 when Sam's Club had layoffs that got rid of 10,000 workers.

"We felt this was the right move to make sure we are positioning ourselves for growing in the future," said Bill Durling, Sam's Club spokesman, in an interview with The Associated Press. "We are trying to rebalance our resources in the field to make sure we are investing in the clubs that have the higher growth potential and balancing resources across the chain."

Sam's Club is attempting to compete with Costco and other such companies online as well. A number of other big retailers have had huge layoffs in the past few weeks as well.

Durling went on to say that there will be 15 new stores added in the fiscal year which begins on Feb. 1, 2014.

For the year which ended on Jan. 31, 2013, Sam's Club had generated revenue of $56.4 billion. That amounts to 12 percent of Wal-Mart's net sales of $466.1 billion.

Those that are let go in the Sam's Club layoffs will continue to get paid for the next 60 days and will have time to re-apply for other opportunities at Wal-Mart or other areas of Sam's Club's operations. After that point of time, those that received notices will receive a severance.

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