Feb 13 (Reuters) – Walmart Inc ( WMT.N ) plans to close three of its U.S. technology centers and has asked hundreds of workers to relocate to keep their jobs, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday citing an internal memo.
The retailer will close offices housing technology staff in Austin, Texas; Carlsbad, California; and Portland, Oregon, the report said, citing memos from chief technology officer Suresh Kumar.
The WSJ report added that Walmart will pay for workers at the location to transfer to other major offices such as San Bruno, California, or the company’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Walmart did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
The company last month said it would raise average hourly wages for workers at its U.S. stores starting in February as it seeks to attract and retain workers in a tight domestic labor market.
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Reporting by Granth Vanaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri and Shailesh Kuber
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