Walmart is looking to hire a large number of supply chain associates after a strong second quarter of 2021. In order to keep its shelves stocked with branded, private label, and exclusive goods ahead of the holiday season, Walmart is aiming to hire 20,000 new supply chain employees across over 250 Walmart and Sam’s Club distribution, fulfillment, and transportation centers.
Walmart said that innovation across all areas of the business had a huge impact on growth. Earlier this year, Walmart shared plans to roll out high-tech automation systems to its facilities in addition to high-tech grocery distribution centers. The company says it will hold hiring events on Sept. 8-9 at all of its supply chain locations to fill the 20,000 positions. The average wage for supply chain associates is $20.37 per hour.
To help associates gain the experiences and skills, Walmart has invested in associate development and growth opportunities including opening six new Walmart Academies to support the supply chain business. Walmart Academies offer a training program to associates 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 addition to job-focused training at Walmart Academies, Walmart encourages its associates to pursue further education with Live Better U. This year, Walmart announced that it would pay 100% of the cost of tuition and books for Live Better U.
Walmart says it will prioritize the health of its associates as well. Medical coverage starts at $30.50 per pay period, and includes maternity and paternal benefits. Walmart will offer 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.
“For our supply chain to continue expanding, innovating and improving our customer service, we need a strong, dynamic team leading it,” said Walmart. “We’re excited to meet the new associates who are going to join our team.”