According to Radio Iowa, Seattle-based Nordstrom opened its Cedar Rapids fulfillment center in 1997. As of October 18, 2022, it will cut 231 positions, laying off nearly a quarter of its local workforce of approximately 1,100 total employees at its 7700 18th St SW facility. Radio Iowa says the company has filed a layoff notice with the state of Iowa, and in a statement to KCRG, a spokesperson at Nordstrom said:

We have made the difficult decision to reduce our workforce at our Midwest fulfillment center in order to better align with the current needs of our business. We recognize the impact these changes have on our team members and are committed to taking care of our people as we work through this transition

This, of course, comes straight ahead of the crucial holiday shopping and shipping season for Nordstrom and other retailers, who continue to suffer from ongoing supply chain issues, and according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, officials at Nordstrom point, in part, to changes in consumer demand due to inflation.

Nordstrom's senior vice president of supply chain operations hinted at other changes in an email to employees on Monday.

We've also been working as a team to navigate a shifting macroeconomic environment, changes in consumer demand and the wind-down of our Trunk Club offering. Taken together, these factors have contributed to a reduction in volume for Midwest Fulfillment Center

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