UPDATE: Walmart to hire 150,000, offer cash bonuses to current hourly employees

FRIDAY 3/20/2020 11:38 a.m.

(WFRV) – After adjusting store hours twice and adding a special shopping time for seniors, Walmart has announced plans to hire 150,000 new employees nationwide and offer current hourly employees cash bonuses.

In a Thursday release, Walmart says they intended to hire new associates in stores, clubs, and distribution centers through the end of May.

“These roles will be temporary at first, but many will convert to permanent roles over time. We’ve reached out to industry groups representing restaurants and hospitality to facilitate temporary roles that can be a bridge for their employees during this difficult time.”

Walmart says they have also reduced their usual two-week application cycle to a 24-hour process. Anyone interested in applying is asked to visit Walmart’s website.

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“We know millions of Americans who are usually employed at this time are temporarily out of work, and at the same time we’re currently seeing strong demand in our stores,” said Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Walmart. “We’re looking for people who see Walmart as a chance to earn some extra money and perform a vital service to their community.”

Associates employed by Walmart as of March 1 now qualify for cash bonuses. According to the company, full-time hourly employees will receive $300 while part-time will receive $150. In total, Walmart says they will distribute more than $365 million. Payout is expected on April 2.

“Walmart associates have gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving our customers during these unprecedented times,” said Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Walmart. “We want to reward our associates for their hard work and recognize them for the work that is in front of us.”

Walmart adjusts store hours, adds special shopping time for seniors

THURSDAY 3/19/2020 6:00 a.m.

(WFRV) – Walmart has announced another change to store hours to further allow associates more time to restock shelves and clean and sanitize stores. Stores will now offer a designated time for customers over the age of 60 and limitations will now be imposed on various items.

According to a Wednesday release from Walmart U.S. Chief Operating Officer, Dacona Smith, says Walmarts will now be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Locations that open later than 7 a.m. will continue with their regular starting hours. Walmart employees will continue to have the same hours in order to restock and clean the stores.

Like Dollar General, Target, and a number of other stores, Walmart has announced special shopping hours for customers aged 60 and older. From March 24 to April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday starting one hour before the store opens to the rest of the public. The Walmart Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time.

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Smith adds that Walmart stores will now impose limits for customers in certain categories including:

  • Paper products
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Water
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Formula and baby food

Walmart Auto Care Centers will also be shut down temporarily to allow associates to focus on stocking and cleaning the rest of the store. While the Walmart Vision Centers will operate their normal schedule, some of those employees will help the rest of the store. At least one Vision Center associate will be available during the normal hours.

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“We are paying very close attention to our stores and communities and will continue making the necessary changes to help make sure our associates are taken care of and that our customers can get what they need. Let’s all take care of each other out there,” Smith added.


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Original Story: Walmart announces new hours of operation

SUNDAY 3/19/2020 1:54 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Walmart released stores new hours of operation that are set to begin on March 15.

In a statement by Walmart’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Dacona Smith, “Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice.”

Smith notes that, “Stores currently operating under more reduced hours (for example they regularly close at 10 p.m. or open at 7 a.m.) will keep their current hours of operation.”

“I don’t think any of us have been through an experience like this, and we continue to be amazed at what our people, whether in the stores or in the supply chain, are doing to make sure customers have what they need.”


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