About 10,000 people in business and 

technical roles will be let go by Amazon.

Employees working on Amazon (AMZN) gadgets

(like its voice-assistant Alexa) as well as those in its retail and

 human resources departments are expected to be

affected by the job cutbacks, which may begin as early as this week.

With the announcement, Amazon would become the most

recent in a string of tech firms that have recently announced massive layoffs.