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Amazon Implements Workforce Reduction at Fresh Grocery Stores Across the US

Amazon is making significant changes to its Fresh grocery stores in the US, resulting in a reduction in the workforce. The company is eliminating the role of ‘zone lead,’ which involves overseeing departmental responsibilities and employee training at the stores. While the exact number of employees affected hasn’t been disclosed officially, it’s believed that hundreds of employees could be impacted. This move is part of Amazon’s efforts to revamp its operations model and enhance efficiency for both customers and employees.

Over the past year, Amazon has already reduced its global headcount by approximately 27,000. To achieve a more streamlined approach, the company has also expressed its intention to close some Fresh outlets and Go stores, with the most significant presence in Virginia, Washington, California, and Illinois. Amazon currently operates over 20 cashier-free convenience stores under the Amazon Go brand in the US. The company acquired Whole Foods six years ago in a multi-billion-dollar deal, and even that subsidiary went through a restructuring exercise in April, leading to hundreds of layoffs.

Amazon is striving to optimize costs throughout its operations, and the grocery stores are no exception. Employees affected by the changes have been offered the possibility of transitioning to other roles within the company or receiving a severance package. CEO Andy Jassy has emphasized the importance of identifying a suitable ‘mass grocery format’ as part of their ongoing efforts to improve services.

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