Walmart Meets Commitment to Hire 150,000 Associates, Pledges to Hire 50,000 More

by Katie Lee

Bentonville, Ark. — Walmart recently committed to hiring more than 150,000 new associates by the end of May. Since then, the company has had over 1 million applicants, hiring an average of 5,000 people per day. Walmart reached its goal in less than a month — more than 6 weeks ahead of schedule. Today, the company is committed to hire an additional 50,000 associates.

Hiring will be across Walmart’s stores, clubs, fulfillment and distribution centers, but this won’t be a one-size-fits-all approach. Hiring 50,000 new associates will give Walmart the opportunity to provide additional staffing in key areas where it’s needed most. These hires will primarily be temporary associates and will support current associates and customers in locations with specific needs.

Walmart continues to see strong demand in its stores, and at the same time, the company wants to give its current associates the flexibility to take time off and stay home if they feel more comfortable doing so. In stores and clubs, Walmart will continue to hire key roles, such as cashiers, stockers and personal shoppers. In distribution centers and fulfillment centers, the company will hire additional fillers and pickers. Walmart will also continue adding roles such as more drivers to its fleet.

To hire these 150,000 new associates, Walmart has worked with more than 70 companies that have furloughed workers. Associates are joining Walmart from restaurant and hospitality industries and other retailers. Of the associates hired, approximately 85% are being hired into temporary or part-time roles. While many of these associates want temporary employment that serves as a bridge during this time, the company also expects others to convert to permanent roles.

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