Walmart recently said that it is planning to hire at least 20000 employees to help its merchandise with the right pace for its upcoming holiday shopping rush. This giant retailer is already the largest private employer in the nation. They have said that the roles of these employees will be in its supply chain.
The jobs they will offer will be a mix of part-time and full-time. Also, there will be permanent positions. This will range from the order fillers to handlers for freight at the 250 distribution centers of the company. Also, they will recruit at the fulfillment centers and at the transportation office.
The average wage for this supply chain is $20.37 per hour. The company will hold special hiring events between Sept 8 and 9. Walmart is now staffing up as it is facing competition for workers due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It has slowed their shipping and led to congested ports across the globe. This is causing delays and out-of-stocking for items along with the higher prices in the industries. They have also raised a question on whether retailers will be prepared for this season of gift-giving or not, especially when shopping is taking place online.
Walmart came up with the announcement of plans for holiday hiring. Last year the retailer said that it would opt for hiring 20000 seasonal associates. They also said in August that it was experiencing strong demand for school supplies, apparel, luggage, and more.
Chief financial officer Brett Biggs said that the company has increased its lead time for orders and has invested in its own vessels to speed up its imports. It is working on sweetening its deal. It has started paying special bonuses to warehouse workers. Other retailers have also announced similar policy changes. Target is rolling out its own debt-free college program. CVS said that they would drop education requirements for entry-level jobs.