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Lowe’s Announces “Thousands” of Layoffs, Plans to Outsource Jobs

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Lowe’s recently confirmed a number of layoffs, but the home improvement retailer said it would not specify how many, as it hopes to retain many of the laid-off workers in other positions within the company. But The Wall Street Journal reported that the layoffs numbered in the thousands. A Lowe’s spokesperson explained that the job cuts and outsourcing of tasks are meant to give the remaining store employees more time to serve customers directly.

Lowe’s is hiring third-party assemblers and facility services to replace Lowe’s workers who put together products like grills and patio furniture for customer orders, Lowe’s spokeswoman Jackie Hartzell. The job cuts are already underway, she said.

Read the full story at The Charlotte Observer.