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Walmart to Add 20K Supply Chain Workers

Walmart is working to help improve bottlenecks in the global supply chain by hiring 20,000 employees to work in distribution centers, fulfillment centers and transportation offices, the company said Wednesday (Sept. 1).

“As our business continues evolving to meet the needs of today’s customers, having a robust supply chain is more important than ever,” Walmart said in the announcement.

Walmart will host hiring events Sept. 8 and 9 to fill openings for permanent, full- and part-time order fillers, freight handlers, lift drivers, technicians and management positions. Walmart said it pays supply chain associates an average of $20.37 per hour, noting that the majority of managers started as order fillers or other similar jobs.

Walmart has six Walmart Academies across the country to “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,” the announcement says.

About 5,900 people went through in-person and virtual training in the Walmart U.S. Supply Chain Academy in fiscal 2021. Walmart also pays 100 percent of the cost of tuition and books through its Live Better U initiative.

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Last week, Walmart launched Walmart GoLocal, a white-label delivery-as-a-service (DaaS) model through its Spark Driver platform. Walmart’s delivery network reaches almost 70 percent of the U.S. and is increasing as the company adds drones, autonomous vehicles and market fulfillment centers.

And earlier this month, Walmart reported higher-than-expected revenue and increased grocery sales in the second quarter on the back of the box store giant’s omnichannel capabilities. In a call with analysts and investors, CEO Doug McMillon noted that Walmart’s business overall is becoming more digital and focused on omnichannel as the mindset across the company changes.

Over the last 18 months, Walmart has built out more capacity for buy online, pickup in-store (BOPIS) as well as the ability to quickly ship items purchased online from fulfillment centers, stores, or a combination of the two depending on where inventory is located.

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