Amazon on Wednesday confirmed layoffs in 2023, two days after several outlets reported the e-commerce giant planned to cut its employment by nearly 10,000 this week. The impacted employees will be informed through mail on January 18th.
The first phase of the layoff at the global e-commerce platform will impact roles on the devices and service teams. “After a deep set of reviews, we recently decided to consolidate some teams and programs. One of the consequences of these decisions is that some roles will no longer be required,” Dave Limp, senior vice president of devices & services at Amazon said. Major departments that will be affected by the layoffs are Amazon stores and PXT organizations.
“Amazon has weathered uncertain and difficult economies in the past, and we will continue to do so. These changes will help us pursue our long-term opportunities with a stronger cost structure; however, I’m also optimistic that we’ll be inventive, resourceful, and scrappy in this time when we’re not hiring expansively and eliminating some roles,” the CEO told the company employees.
The report on layoffs first surfaced in November last year. At present there is no confirmation if employees in India will be affected, however, layoffs in Europe and neighboring countries are confirmed.