Walmart is transitioning the majority of its workforce to full-time employment by the end of the fiscal year, leaving the retail giant with 100,000 more full-time positions than it had five years ago.
Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart is the nation’s largest private employer. The transition means that two-thirds of its U.S. hourly workforce will become full-time roles with the same schedules by January 31, 2022, Chain Store Age reported. Out of 1.2 million Walmart employees, 740,000 will be full time by the end of the transition.
The move comes as Walmart has been busier than ever to meet shopper demands during the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to an explosion of online and BOPUS, or buy online pick up in-store, sales.
“We believe full-time schedules complement the other ways we are preparing for the future of retail,” Drew Holler, senior VP, Walmart U.S. people operations, said in a blog post. “Having full-time associates has never been more important than it is right now. Our growing pickup and delivery business calls for us to create more full-time job opportunities as our stores increasingly operate as both fulfillment centers and retail spaces.”
The retailer also noted in its announcement that it has already made similar moves among its warehouse workforce, where more than 80% of its employees are full time. Having full-time employees may help the mega-retailer retain its workforce and ensure it can keep up with increasing sales and omnichannel needs. Employees will benefit from more job opportunities as well as cross-training and set, consistent schedules.
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