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Report: Wal-Mart eliminates zone manager role

BY Dan Berthiaume

Bentonville, Ark. – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is reportedly eliminating the position of zone manager in its stores as part of a plan to strengthen store managers that was first announced in February 2015. According to Bloomberg, Wal-Mart will transfer the responsibilities of zone managers, who oversee multiple departments, to department managers.

There are usually about six zone managers per store. The elimination of zone manager will not reduce staffing levels, as Wal-Mart plans to move zone managers into assistant manager or department manager roles without cutting their salaries. Wal-Mart also plans to hire up to another 8,000 new department managers. The zone manager position will be fully eliminated by mid-June.

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