On Monday, Amazon announced that it has laid off 4,500 employees, including its chief technology officer.
In a memo posted on its blog, Amazon Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bezos said that Amazon will begin the process of firing the people responsible for its online grocery and delivery businesses, including the head of its technology team and the company’s head of engineering.
Amazon has been working to cut its workforce since its 2013 IPO, when it had more than 4 million employees.
It has since shed a few thousand workers, but has had to trim its overall workforce from 5.5 million in 2017 to 5 million in 2018.
Bezos, who was named the company CEO in March 2018, has overseen the company for nearly five years, overseeing a transformation that saw Amazon focus more on online shopping and customer service.
While Bezos has said that he would prefer to see Amazon continue to operate as an online retail company, it has also said that it will likely make a move to expand its online sales and service offerings.
Bezos made headlines in 2018 when he announced that Amazon would hire more than 50,000 new employees in the next year, bringing the company to more than 200,000 employees.
The Amazon chief executive has said in the past that Amazon plans to hire 100,000 people in 2018, with about 20 percent of them moving from the retail side to the online business.
He has also promised to invest $1 billion to hire more people to operate the Amazon Web Services division, which will provide cloud computing and infrastructure services to the company.
Bezos has also pledged to spend $1.5 billion over five years to expand the company beyond the grocery and service business, expanding to other types of businesses, such as healthcare and health care tech.
The CEO said in September that Amazon was moving toward a “worldwide transformation.”
The company has also announced plans to invest in artificial intelligence and robotics in its retail and business development.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the first Amazon CEO to have to be fired since Amazon was founded in 1996.
The company is also expected to lay off hundreds of workers in the coming months.