Sina technology news Beijing time December 5 morning news, according to reports, sources familiar with the matter said that Amazon has begun to cancel the offer issued by its retail department to new employees, a sign that Amazon's cost reduction and efficiency has spread to the retail sector.
Representatives of Amazon's retail division, led by Doug Herrington, chief executive of Amazon stores worldwide, this week began calling employees who were due to start work in January to tell them their jobs were being cancelled.
Previous reports suggested that the cuts would be concentrated in the terminal devices division. But now it seems the move has spread to the retail sector.
Amazon has yet to comment.
The company's retail division includes its Amazon.com, Amazon Prime, Amazon Go, Whole Foods and private label businesses.
Two weeks ago, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said on the company's official website that Amazon's layoffs would be extended through 2023.
Amazon has announced layoffs in its devices and books divisions, as well as voluntary downsizing in its People, Experience and Technology (PXT) division, he noted in a Nov. 17 news release.
Jassi added that the company will also cut more jobs, including more cuts in the PXT and store teams, but the total number has not been determined.
"Leaders across the company are working with their respective teams to analyze their workforce levels and prioritize what is most important to customers and our long-term health." "This year's review was even more difficult because the economy remains challenging and our hiring pace over the past few years has been too fast," Mr. Jassy wrote in the message.
The news comes a day after Amazon issued layoff notices to an unspecified number of employees and decided to combine some teams and projects in its devices and services division.
The devices and Services division includes Alexa, Echo, eero, Kindle, Fire TV and Amazon's other consumer electronics and related services.
Some of the affected employees will be able to find new jobs at Amazon, while others will receive severance packages, transition benefits and job placement support, Dave Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of terminal devices and services, said in a Nov. 16 message.