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Walmart goes all out to hire truck drivers

The world’s largest retailer has been waging a major recruitment drive to increase the ranks of its truck drivers.

Amid the background of a national truck driver shortage, Walmart hired about 1,400 new drivers in 2018, up from 922 in 2017, reported Yahoo Finance. In response to the shortage, Walmart began aggressively hiring drivers in the fall by offering $1,500 referral bonuses, reaching out to younger drivers via social media, and reducing its application time from 73 days to 31 days, the report said. It also changed the format of its hiring events. (Walmart drivers still must have at least 30 months of experience and meet other stringent requirements.)

"Safety is our priority,” Tracy Rosser, a senior VP of transportation and supply chain at Walmart told Yahoo Finance. “We are not going to adjust our minimum standards due to a tight labor market.”

A first-year Walmart driver can expect to make $86,000 driving for Walmart, Yahoo Finance reported. The retailer also offers quarterly safe driving bonuses, benefits, and does not make its drivers load or unload freight

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