, the online arm of the world’s largest retailer, laid off 24 employees on Tuesday as it restructures its Internet operations. decided to remove product categories that were not successful on the web during the holiday season, while also withdrawing from some of its online marketing operations.

The company remains bullish about future prospects and are actively trying to fill 52 positions, mostly in areas like Web site design, product management and engineering. An undisclosed number of employees have also been re-deployed in new jobs.
Walmart plans to continue focusing on making the company’s web site easy to use, streamlining product searches and checkout procedures and plans to launch a joint internet service with AOL in the second half of this year, more than a year behind schedule.