Asda owner Walmart has revealed plans to cut around 7,000 desk jobs over the next few months as it strives to become more efficient.
The US grocery giant, which is America’s largest private employer with more than 1.5 million employees, is cutting down its back-office accounting and invoicing roles to target greater efficiency at its cavernous stores.
These are some of the highest paid roles in store, mostly held by long-term employees.
Walmart executives told the Wall Street Journal that many back-office tasks can be automated and the retailer wants employees to be working with shoppers instead.
A Walmart spokesperson said: “This is about simplifying how stores work, there are a number of initiatives that are designed to get more associates in front of our customers”.