September has finally arrived, which means we are that much closer to the holiday season, and retailers are quickly gearing up for the seasonal rush. One way Walmart is battening down its forces is through manpower— a capacity of 20,000 to be exact. The retailer has revealed it is planning to hire 20,000 new associates across its network of more than 250 Walmart and Sam’s Club distribution centers, fulfillment centers, and transportation offices.
According to a company post, the hiring event will kick off with special events September 8–9 in order to attract the best candidates for the roles. With the holidays and demand for convenience through online delivery continuing to mount, Walmart is looking to fill a wide range of roles from order fillers, freight handlers, lift drivers, and technicians to management positions. The positions will be permanent and offered in both full- and part-time capacities.
Many consumers faced a great shift in their livelihoods during the pandemic, one aspect was employment. As competitive pay and workplace conditions remain high on consumers’ priorities, Walmart is acknowledging these demands as it looks to build a strong network for the future; the retailer disclosed that the average wage for its supply chain associates will be $20.37 per hour. Additionally, the big-box chain will be offering key career development opportunities, including its encouragement of its associates to pursue higher education through its Live Better U program and its recent announcement that it would cover 100 percent of the cost of tuition and books for employees in the program.
In addition, the retailer also provides medical coverage for its associates alongside maternal and paternal benefits, emotional well-being benefits, healthcare tailored to the LGBTQ+ community, and veteran and military spouse support. Walmart will also be offering its field-based associates—including supply chain—a $150 cash bonus for getting the COVID-19 vaccination. New associates who get vaccinated before October 4, or who were already vaccinated prior to their hire date, are eligible for the bonus as well.
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