Walmart to hire 150,000 workers as shoppers surge on coronavirus fears
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[March 20, 2020]
(Reuters) - Big-box retailer Walmart
Inc <WMT.N> said on Thursday it would hire more than 150,000 hourly
workers in the United States, citing a jump in shoppers due to the
Rival Amazon.com Inc <AMZN.O> made a similar move earlier this week,
announcing it would hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in the
United States as the virus outbreak boosts online orders.
Walmart also said it plans to pay a special cash bonus of $300 to
full-time hourly workers and $150 to part-time associates. The company
will accelerate the next scheduled quarterly bonus, it said.
The 150,000 new workers being hired through the end of May will work in
Walmart's stores, clubs, distribution and fulfillment centers, the
company said, adding that they would be temporary at first but many
would convert to permanent roles over time.
"Walmart associates have gone above and beyond the call of duty in
serving our customers during these unprecedented times," President and
Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said.
A rush to stores by shoppers fearing quarantines or product shortages
has cleared shelves, prompting retailers to boost stock of food and
hygienic items, and have employees on hand for in-store work or
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Walmart shopping carts are seen on the parking lot ahead of the
Thanksgiving holiday in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. November 27, 2019.
Walmart said it was implementing a new process to "dramatically
expedite" hiring for key roles, such as cashiers and stockers,
adding that the usual two-week application cycle would be reduced to
a 24-hour process.
(Reporting by Shradha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)
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