Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, is cutting about 5% of its U.S. workforce as part of its ongoing effort to scale back the company’s footprint in the United States.
The move is expected to shave about 700 positions at its U:U office space in California, a company spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal.
The company also announced a move to cut staff at its international offices in Brazil and the United Kingdom.
Amazon is the second-largest U.K. employer, according to its latest data.
The other largest is the United State Postal Service.
Amazon’s announcement comes a day after the company announced a deal to buy Whole Foods Market for $13.5 billion.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement Wednesday that he has “been humbled and excited to work with such an iconic and iconic company.”
The company’s decision to cut its workforce comes after Amazon announced plans to close all of its fulfillment centers in the U.s., including its fulfillment center in San Francisco.
In a statement, the company said the layoffs would be part of an ongoing effort by the company to “determine what is and is not in the best interest of our employees and communities.”
Amazon is one of several tech companies that have been struggling to compete in the market for digital goods and services, particularly with AmazonFresh, which lets customers purchase products directly from online stores like Amazon and Walmart.