Walmart Looks to Hire 20,000 Supply Chain Employees Ahead of Holiday Season
BENTONVILLE, AR - Whether we’ve realized it yet or not, the holidays are quickly approaching, and that means retailers are ramping up for the seasonal rush. Prepping for the push, Walmart 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.
The mass onboarding will kick off with special hiring events September 8–9 in order to attract the best candidates for the roles, according to a blog post from the company. 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.
As new hires prepare to join the team, Walmart has acknowledged the importance of competitive pay, and as it looks to build a strong network for the future, has unveiled that the average wage for its supply chain associates is $20.37 per hour. Additionally, the big-box chain will be offering key career development opportunities, including the 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.
The retailer also provides medical coverage for its associates, in addition to 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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