Walmart opens first-of-its-kind training academy

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Walmart has extended its training efforts to the fast-growing supply chain field.

The retail giant opened the first Walmart Supply Chain Academy, at its distribution center in Sanger, Texas. The training center was created specifically to train the retailer’s supply chain associates and provide them with a clear path to advancement. Areas of study include leadership, safety, supply chain foundations and area-specific training.

“Within the Walmart Supply Chain, we are focused on creating a great place to work where our more than 100,000 associates can be empowered to solve problems for our business,” said Greg Smith, executive VP of Walmart U.S. Supply Chain. “This first Supply Chain Academy is a pivotal step on that journey. North-central Texas customers will see the impact of the training and hard work of these graduates on the shelves of the more than 140 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs this distribution center serves.”

The new academy is modeled after the 200 Walmart Academies that train the chain’s store associates around the U.S.  The company plans to expand the supply chain program to more distribution centers across the country during the next two years. Each Supply Chain Academy will serve about 15 distribution centers.

All the academies have a dedicated staff who provide training to position associates to succeed in their current roles and provide a path for career growth with the company.