Wal Mart Cuts Jobs As It Outsources Food Demos

01.25.10 | FL News Team

Wal-Mart is slashing more than eleven-thousand jobs at its Sam's Club warehouses nationwide. In a company memo, Wal-Mart announced Sunday that it is eliminating ten-thousand mostly part-time food sampling and demonstration positions at its Sam's Club stores as it outsources demo duties to the outside marketing firm Shopper Events. The Arkansas-based firm is expected to hire many of the laid-off Sam's Club workers back. Sam's Club is also eliminating 12-hundred membership-recruiting positions, two at each store. Wal-Mart says the layoffs are not cost-cutting measures. Instead, they are seen as an attempt by Wal-Mart to compete with rival warehouse-style store Costco. In Sunday's memo, Sam's Club President and CEO Brian Cornell told employees the company wants the demos to give Sam's Club a "competitive advantage" and, quote, "take this member experience to the next level." The latest job cuts come after Wal-Mart announced earlier this month that it would to close ten underperforming Sam's Club stores and fire roughly 15-hundred employees.