Walmart is set to hire hundreds more people in the next several weeks as it begins a process of reshaping its workforce, Axios has learned.
As part of its restructuring effort, Walmart is hiring about 100 people in its fulfillment centers and warehouses, the company confirmed.
This will be an increase of about 300 positions in the supply chain as of September 15.
The Walmart spokesperson told Axios that the additional hires will be on the ground at Walmart stores and in Walmart warehouses.
This is part of Walmart’s larger effort to streamline its supply chain and cut costs.
Walmart did not respond to a request for comment.
Last year, Walmart began hiring more than 2,200 workers to handle the logistics of its Thanksgiving sales.
That figure, however, represents just a fraction of Walmart.
The company has since laid off thousands of workers in the wake of a nationwide slowdown.
In a post last week, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said the company was “going through a phase where we need to rethink our approach to operations and workforce.”
The company is already hiring more people at its stores and warehouse than it did in 2017.
In the first three months of this year, the number of workers hired grew to nearly 4,000 from about 3,200 in the same period a year ago, according to data compiled by the U.S. Labor Department.
The company also recently announced it would close its distribution centers in Alabama and Texas.
WalMart’s efforts to increase its workforce have sparked criticism from lawmakers and others, who argue that the retailer is paying too much to people it should be cutting.
The retail giant has been under scrutiny in recent years for hiring more workers than it should have and has been accused of using its vast supply chain to enrich its top executives.
In an op-ed last year, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., accused Walmart of paying employees too much and said the retailer was “shifting resources from employees to shareholders and its executives.”