Amazon Web Services (AWS) has pulled hundreds of jobs in its cloud computing business.

Following the shutting down of its self-checkout system, known as Just Walk Out, from its stores, those responsible for the cloud computing that was supporting the service, and in other roles, are no longer needed.

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Those who have lost their jobs are entitled to pay and benefits for a least 60 days and will receive help finding another job, and access to transitional health benefits. They will also be eligible for a severance package.

"These decisions are difficult but necessary as we continue to invest, hire, and optimize resources to deliver innovation for our customers," an AWS spokesperson told the BBC.

The closing down of the Just Walk Out systems resulted from the fact that, as The Information reported, 700 out of every 1,000 purchases made in stores needed to be reviewed by a human, not just AI. This was significantly higher than the 50 in 1,000 Amazon was hoping for.

In addition to the technology team, the job cuts are impacting sales, marketing, and global services roles.

The majority of the job cuts are in Seattle, but workers worldwide will be affected.

Amazon has said, however, that "it will continue to hire and grow, especially in core areas of our business" and is looking for internal opportunities for those employees who are now jobless.

AWS began laying off employees in April 2023, following Amazon's earlier announcement that it would be cutting 9,000 jobs that year. Those layoffs followed another 18,000 that occurred company-wide in the months before. Across 2022 and 2023, Amazon laid off more than 27,000 employees.