Nov 14 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) plans to lay off around 10,000 employees in business and technology roles starting this week, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday, in what would amount at its biggest such reduction to date.
The cuts, previously reported by The New York Times, would represent about 3% of Amazon’s corporate staff. The exact number may vary as Amazon businesses refocus their priorities, the source told Reuters.
The online retailer plans to cut jobs at its device organization, which makes voice-enabled “Alexa” gadgets and home security cameras, as well as at its human resources and retail divisions, a said the person. Amazon’s timeline for notifying staff remains unclear.
The source attributed the reduction to the uncertain macroeconomic environment facing Amazon and other companies.
The news follows a wave of layoffs in the tech sector, which is recession-wary after years of rapid hiring. Just last week, Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platforms Inc (META.O), said it would cut more than 11,000 jobs, or 13% of its workforce, to control costs.
Seattle-based Amazon predicts slower sales growth for the usually lucrative holiday season.
In a call with reporters last month, Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky said the company had seen signs of household budgets tightening for purchases and continued to struggle with high inflation and energy costs. .
He has since said he will freeze additional company hiring for several months.
Amazon’s devices unit has posted an annual operating loss of more than $5 billion in recent years, The Wall Street Journal reported last week. The company considered whether to focus on new features for Alexa when some customers only use the voice assistant for a few tasks, the report said.
Company-wide, including warehouse and transportation jobs, which brought Amazon’s workforce to more than 1.5 million in September. As of January 30, the planned job cuts amounted to less than 1% of the brand’s workforce.
Amazon shares have lost more than 40% of their value this year. They were down 1.1% at $99.67 on Monday afternoon.
Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in Palo Alto, California, and Tiyashi Datta and Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru Editing by Arun Koyyur and Matthew Lewis
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