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The Wall Street Journal reports that Walmart will close three of its technology hubs - in Austin, Texas; Carlsbad, California, and Portland, Oregon - and will require "hundreds of workers to relocate to keep their jobs."

At the same time, the Journal writes, Walmart also will "require all its technology workers to come into the office at least two days a week."

According to the story, "Walmart will pay for workers in those locations to transfer to other primary offices, such as San Bruno, Calif., or the company’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The company hopes to relocate most of the workers, and some will be allowed to become full-time remote workers."

KC's View:

On the technology front, Walmart is simply doing what so many tech companies are doing - trimming expenses, rightsizing organizations, and figuring out what makes sense.  

I also have no problem with the in-office mandate.  For the most part, people are going to restaurants and gyms and ballparks and arenas and parties … going into the office regularly, with an eye on networking and pollination of ideas and innovations, is not too much to ask.  (Though I concede that I haven't had to go into an office to work with other people in 28 years, so I may not be the best judge of such things.)