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09/01/2021

Walmart to Hire 20,000 Supply Chain Associates

Walmart is holding hiring events on September 8-9 to attract candidates for new supply chain positions across more than 250 Walmart and Sam’s Club distribution centers, fulfillment centers and transportation offices. 
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“Whether you’re new to the workforce or you’re looking for a fresh start, this is the place to continue your professional journey,” said Joe Metzger, EVP of supply chain operations, Walmart U.S.

Walmart is holding hiring events on September 8-9 to attract the “best and brightest” candidates in all of its supply chain locations. 

The retailer is planning to hire 20,000 new supply chain associates across more than 250 Walmart and Sam’s Club distribution centers (DCs), fulfillment centers and transportation offices. 

The move comes after Walmart announced earlier this year its plans to roll out high-tech automation systems to 25 DCs in addition to high-tech grocery distribution centers. Walmart also has said of its 2021 capital investment plan, around $14 billion will focus on “supply chain, automation, customer-facing initiatives and technology” and it will deploy capital to areas such as “capacity and automation in DCs, FCs and market fulfillment centers.” 

[See also: Supply Chain Technology Study 2021: Preparing for the Supply Chain of Tomorrow]

“Earlier this year, we announced a step-up in capex spending, with heavy emphasis on supply chain in the coming years,” president and CEO Doug McMillon said during Walmart’s latest earnings call. “This will mean additional capacity and automation from our largest fulfillment centers to our stores. These investments are aimed at increasing assortment to broaden our appeal with customers and get product positioned and picked efficiently to deliver it faster. These investments will increase capacity, help support the growth of Walmart+ and improve productivity.

During next week’s special hiring events, Walmart will be filling a wide range of roles, 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 retailer said. The average wage for Walmart’s supply chain associates is $20.37 per hour.

“Whether you’re new to the workforce or you’re looking for a fresh start, this is the place to continue your professional journey,” said Joe Metzger, EVP of supply chain operations, Walmart U.S. and Karisa Sprague, SVP, people, supply chain, Walmart U.S. in a press release. “After all, the majority of our 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.”

Walmart has been recently investing 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, it trained approximately 5,900 associates via the Walmart U.S. Supply Chain Academy, including in-person and virtual trainings. In addition to job-focused training at Walmart Academies, Walmart announced this summer that it would pay 100% of the cost of tuition and books for Live Better U – allowing Supply Chain associates to achieve bachelor’s degrees debt-free.

[See more: Target and Walmart Pay for Associates’ College]