To recruit associates, the retailer is holding a hiring event Sept. 8-9 in all its supply chain locations. Walmart aims to fill open roles across its 250 Walmart and Sam’s Club distribution centers (DCs), fulfillment centers and transportation offices, RIS News reported.
The hiring blitz comes as Walmart is focused on increasing its distribution channel capabilities. The retailer is currently rolling out high-tech distribution systems to 25 of its distribution centers, in addition to its high-tech grocery distribution centers, according to RIS News. Walmart also recently announced that its white-label delivery business is available to other U.S. retailers.
The retail industry has been plagued by supply chain disruptions since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, including delays, shortages and a depleted workforce. Walmart recently said it plans to allocate $14 billion in capital investment on supply chain, automation, customer-facing initiatives and technology, deploying capital to improve capacity and automation at its distribution and fulfillment centers.
“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.”
Permanent open roles during the hiring event include order fillers, freight handlers, lift drivers, technicians and management positions. The jobs are both part- and full-time, with an average supply chain associates’ salary of $20.37 per hour.