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04/30/2020

Walmart hits goal of hiring 200,000 employees during pandemic

Marianne Wilson
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Walmart Inc. has hired 200,000 associates in its stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers since March 19.
 
“We are humbled to be able to give an opportunity to so many Americans to work, often serving as a bridge for employment, while helping Walmart better serve customers during this time of increased demand,” said Donna Morris, chief people officer, Walmart.

Morris also noted that Walmart has paid nearly $180 million in cash bonuses to hourly associates, with more to come next month on its originally scheduled quarterly bonus payout date. This is in addition to the special cash bonus for all U.S. hourly associates earlier this month, which was $300 for full-time hourly and $150 for part-time hourly, a total of more than $365 million paid to our associates.

“We’ve seen firsthand our associates’ unwavering focus to take care of customers and members while providing a vital service to communities,” said Morris. “Our focus on our associates’ health and safety continues.”

Morris added that Walmart is conducting health screens and daily temperature checks and providing masks and gloves to all employees. It also added sneeze guards at registers, limited the number of customers in stores, installed social distancing signage and instituted sanitation protocols.