Carolinas Roundup | Belk to outsource 27 jobs

Belk Inc. plans to outsource its accounts payable department by the beginning of April, affecting 27 employees at its corporate headquarters in Charlotte, the company announced Thursday.

It's unclear how many of those workers will lose their jobs, spokesman Steve Pernotto said, as Belk is trying to find other positions for them within the company.

The department store chain expects to sign a contract with an outsourcing firm by the end of the year and complete the transition by April 1. Pernotto said there is “a good possibility” the work will be shifted overseas, but that it was not yet certain.

The move marks the second time this year the department store chain has opted for outsourcing at its corporate office. In the spring, Belk said it planned to lay off 30 to 40 information technology employees by March.

As in that case, Belk is outsourcing with the aim of saving money, improving efficiency and taking advantage of more updated technology by working with a firm that handles such functions on a larger scale, Pernotto said.

Jen Aronoff