Amazon lays off hundreds, pointing to Jeff Bezos' focus on Alexa

Amazon sells clothes and other fun products, but in 2018, the tech giant is doubling down on technology.  The latest sign: Amazon plans to lay off hundreds of employees, primarily in the consumer retail side of the business, the Seattle Times reported Monday, citing two anonymous sources familiar with the matter.  SEE ALSO: Jeff Bezos is really, really happy with Alexa Amazon confirmed the layoffs and noted that the company is focusing on certain areas of the business but is still growing in overall employee count. Amazon's workforce is currently 566,000 people. Beyond roles in warehouses, it has 12,500 open jobs listed on Monday, the Seattle Times noted.  Read more...More about Amazon, Jeff Bezos, Amazon Web Services, Amazon Alexa, and Online Retail