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Wal-Mart considering shifting regional operating staff to headquarters

RBR Staff Writer Published 04 May 2015

In an effort to control costs, Wal-Mart Stores might shift its regional operating staff in the field back to headquarters.


According to Bloomberg, people from across its 4,500 locations in the US will be moved to the corporate office in Bentonville, Arkansas.

The move is also aimed at regaining control over its growing operations.

However, Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick was quoted by Bloomberg as saying: "There are no plans at this time to move regional leadership to the home office."

After Doug McMillon took over the position of the CEO in the retail company more than a year ago, he has been trying to enhance its efficiency and customer service.

He is also aiming at cutting down on a few layers of management within stores that would help him increase the wages of rank-and-file workers.

While nothing has been finalized yet, there is a possibility that the people who are not relocated to Bentonville will be reassigned or asked to go.

The retail company has also been working on dealing with out-of-stock merchandise and other concerns at stores. Its US head McMillon lieutenant Greg Foran had previously said that they needed to work on areas including overnight stocking, fresh food and excess inventory in backrooms.

The company has hiked the wages of close to 500,000 people out of a total of 1.3 million people in April.

While currently the wages have been increased to $9 an hour, there is a possibility of that increasing to $10 next year.

Image: Wal-Mart's headquarters in Bentonville might soon house additional regional staff to help the company cut costs. Photo: courtesy of Brandonrush.