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CORRECTED-Walmart to hire 20,000 supply chain workers ahead of holiday season

CORRECTED-Walmart to hire 20,000 supply chain workers ahead of holiday season

reuters.com · 09/01/2021 02:21
CORRECTED-Walmart to hire 20,000 supply chain workers ahead of holiday season

Corrects paragraph 5 to remove reference to wage increase

- Walmart Inc WMT.N said on Wednesday it planned to hire 20,000 workers at its supply chain division and raise wages ahead of the busy holiday season anticipating higher demand.

The roles, which will be a mix of part time and full time jobs, would be hired at across more than 250 Walmart and Sam's Club distribution centers, fulfillment centers and transportation offices, the retailer said in a statement.

The world's biggest retailer also hired around 20,000 seasonal workers last year in its e-commerce fulfillment centers to meet the holiday demand. nB8N2EE002

The average wage for supply chain workers would be $20.37 per hour, the statement added, which compares with the company's announcement of $15.25 an hour average wage pay in February. nL3N2L043X

Walmart, however, did not disclose its costs for the new hiring.

The move by Walmart comes as retailers across the U.S. were worried that they will not have enough workers in stores and warehouses during the holiday shopping season because of the nationwide labor shortage due to the pandemic, prompting them to raise wages this year. nL4N2Q239X

Last year, many U.S. companies hired thousands of seasonal workers to bolster their distribution centers and cut delivery times as shopping for the holiday season shifted largely online due to the pandemic.


(Reporting by Anirudh Saligrama and Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich)

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