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Dive Brief:

– Walmart by Dec. 2 will lay off 1,458 employees at a facility in Fulton County, Georgia outside Atlanta, according to a filing with the state’s department of labor.

– Rival Amazon similarly has scaled back its fulfillment capacity after embarking on a massive expansion amid surges in online demand during the height of the pandemic, canceling or delaying dozens of warehouses.

– Walmart didn’t immediately return a request for more information and comment.

Dive Insight:

Walmart opened this facility to great fanfare in 2015, and the retail giant’s online sales have continued to surge since then. Last year revenue rose 11% compared to 2020. 

The company’s vast network of stores is playing an important role in its logistics, and that recently got a boost via its acquisition of e-grocery automation firm Alert Innovation, which produces custom-built inventory-handling technology. That comes on the heels of…

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