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On Wednesday, Amazon confirmed it was starting to lay off employees as the e-commerce giant tries to “consolidate some teams and programs.”

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The cuts were announced in an employee memo written by Dave Limp, senior vice president of devices and services at Amazon.

A source familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that the layoffs could amount to up to 10,000 jobs, including across Amazon’s retail, devices and workforce divisions, but the final number has yet to be determined.

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“After careful consideration, we recently decided to merge some teams and programs. One consequence of these decisions is that some roles will no longer be required,” Limp wrote. “It pains me to deliver this news as we know we will lose talented Amazonians from Devices & Services as a result.”

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“Yesterday we notified the affected employees and will continue to work closely with each of them to provide support, including help in finding new roles,” he added. “In cases where employees cannot find a new role within the company, we will support the transition with a package that includes severance pay, transitional benefits and job placement assistance.”

A company spokesperson told FOX Business on Wednesday: “As part of our annual operational planning review process, we are always looking at each of our businesses and what we think we need to change.

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“As we got through this, given the current macro environment (as well as a few years of fast hiring), some teams are making adjustments, which in some cases means certain roles are no longer needed,” she added. “We are not taking these decisions lightly and we are working to support all employees who may be affected.”

Amazon announced earlier this month that it had suspended corporate hiring under CEO Andy Jassi.

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“We expect this pause to continue over the next few months and continue to monitor what we see in the economy and business to adjust as we see fit,” Beth Galetti, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Technology . at Amazon, according to a note to employees.

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Specific teams targeted by the cuts include Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming service, Alexi Marketing, Alexa AI and Alexa Privacy, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper added that Amazon’s devices division, which is well known to consumers for products like smart assistant brand Alexa, has more than 10,000 employees but has been losing more than $5 billion a year in recent years.

Megan Henny of FOX Business contributed to this report.