On Thursday, Lowe’s confirmed that it would soon be laying off more workers. The North Carolina-based retailer has yet to disclose the specific number of workers that will be impacted or the locations. However, it is believed that two North Carolina stores could be affected. The layoffs will likely impact stores throughout the country.
Just this summer, 125 corporate tech workers were laid off. Most were working at the Mooresville headquarters at the time. In October, Lowe’s took the step of eliminating nearly 100 corporate jobs and 2,400 full-time jobs. In February, another 500 corporate level jobs were cut. The 125 IT jobs lost this summer were shifted to the company’s operations in India.
The retailer has blamed the layoffs on an increase in deliveries. To better accommodate the demand, Lowe’s has made the transition from in-store to a 3rd party. To ensure customer orders are delivered as quickly as possible, Lowe’s has decided to cut an undisclosed number of delivery jobs. The responsibilities of the delivery personnel will be shifted to 3rd party companies, as the company strives to provide next day deliver on many items, including appliances.
The announcement marks the fourth layoff for the home improvement store this year. While the markets impacted have not been disclosed, Lowe’s insists it will only be markets where increased delivery demand surpasses current capacity.