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Walmart To Hire 20K Supply Chain Associates To Address Growth

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Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart will be hiring 20,000 new associates across more than 250 Walmart and Sam’s Club distribution centers, fulfillment centers and transportation offices. The company will hold special hiring events Sept. 8-9 in all its supply chain locations.

A wide range of roles are open, including order fillers, freight handlers, lift drivers, technicians and management positions. These positions will be permanent roles and will be offered in both full-and part-time capacities. The average wage for supply chain associates is $20.37 per hour.

Joe Metzger, EVP of supply chain operations for Walmart U.S., and Karisa Sprague, SVP of people and supply chain for Walmart U.S., said the hiring comes after second quarter FY22 earnings were released last week, revealing just how much the company has grown over the past year.

“As our business continues evolving to meet the needs of today’s customers, having a robust supply chain is more important than ever. That’s why we’re excited to announce that our team is growing,” Metzger and Sprague stated in a company blog.

“Innovation across all areas of the business had a huge impact on our growth, and earlier this year, we shared plans to roll out high-tech automation systems to our facilities in addition to high-tech grocery distribution centers.”

They stated that what starts as a job at Walmart has the potential to lead to a “limitless and rewarding career.” The majority of managers started their careers in roles such as an order filler, and now have responsibility for leading a team of associates to ensure goods are received and shipped to stores and customers with the highest quality and service levels.

“It means the world when you have a caring group of people to work with, who truly care. Your job becomes more than just getting a paycheck – it becomes a career. And, there’s opportunity here to learn from the ground up and add to the culture by putting your own special twist on being a part of a team,” said Angie Baecke, general manager of FC 7520 in Plainfield, Indiana.

To help associates gain the experiences and skills needed for success in the jobs of today and tomorrow, Walmart has invested in associate development and growth opportunities, including opening six new Walmart Academies to support the supply chain business.

Walmart Academies immerse associates in a training program that allows them to receive both classroom and DC/FC floor training in specialized supply chain skills and soft skills like leadership, communications and change management.

“In FY21, we trained approximately 5,900 associates via the Walmart U.S. Supply Chain Academy, including in-person and virtual trainings,” Metzger and Sprague stated.

In addition to job-focused training at Walmart Academies, the company also encourages associates to pursue further education with Live Better U. This year, Walmart announced that it would pay 100 percent of the cost of tuition and books for Live Better U – allowing supply chain associates to achieve bachelor’s degrees debt-free.

The company also prioritizes the health and wellness of our associates and their families. Medical coverage starts at $30.50 per pay period – approximately one-third less than the average premium employees pay at other companies. That’s in addition to maternity and paternal benefits, emotional well-being benefits, healthcare tailored to the LBGTQ+ community and veteran and military spouse support.

“We are also offering our field-based associates – including supply chain – a $150 cash bonus for getting the COVID-19 vaccination. New associates who get vaccinated before Oct. 4, or who were already vaccinated prior to their hire date, are eligible for the bonus,” Metzger and Sprague stated.

Visit careers.walmart.com for more information.

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