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Walmart to close Toronto tech office as part of corporate reorganization

Retailer to lay off ‘several hundred’ associates in the U.S.
Jillian Morgan, female, digital editor for Canadian Grocer
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Walmart Canada and its operations are unaffected, a Walmart spokesperson said.

Walmart Inc. is closing its Global Tech office in Toronto and slashing several hundred corporate roles in the U.S.

The majority of the associates working at the tech office are being asked to work remotely, chief people officer Donna Morris said in an internal memo provided to Canadian Grocer.

When the Toronto Global Tech hub was first announced in 2022, the initial hiring phase was expected to include 45 full-time roles in software development, technical program management and product management, with “hundred of new jobs" to be created over time.

“We are asking the majority of associates working remotely, and the majority of associates within our offices in Dallas, Atlanta, and our Toronto Global Tech office, to relocate,” Morris said.

Most relocations will be to Walmart’s home office in Bentonville, Arkansas, but some will be to the company’s other offices in the San Francisco Bay Area or Hoboken, New Jersey.

“In addition, some parts of our business have made changes that will result in a reduction of several hundred campus roles. While the overall numbers are small in percentage, we are focused on supporting each of our associates affected by these changes,” Morris said in the memo. “We have had discussions with associates who were directly impacted by these decisions. We will work closely with them in the coming days and months to navigate the best path forward.”

Walmart Canada and its operations are unaffected, a Walmart spokesperson said. 

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