By LYNN LOFTON
As one of the state’s leading employers, Walmart has a total of 85 retail outlets that includes 65 super centers, three discount stores, 10 neighborhood markets and seven Sam’s Clubs in Mississippi. As of January 31, the company had 23,313 employees. No exact figures were available for Mississippi, but that number has undoubtedly grown due to the company’s plan to employ 150,000 additional workers throughout the U.S. because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Spokeswoman and Chief People Officer Donna Morris said the goal was to have the new employees in place by the end of May.
“Walmart is committed to helping our fellow Americans seeking work, while serving our customers during this unprecedented time,” she said. “We recently committed to hiring more than 150,000 additional associates by the end of May. Since then, we’ve had over 1 million applicants, hiring an average of 5,000 people per day.”
Morris is pleased to share that the goal was reached in less time—more than six weeks ahead of schedule. “But we can do more. Today, we’re announcing a new commitment to hire an additional 50,000 associates,” she added. “Hiring will be across our stores, clubs, fulfillment and distribution centers, but this won’t be a one-size-fits-all approach. Hiring 50,000 new associates will give us the opportunity to provide additional staffing in key areas where it’s needed most.
“These hires will primarily be temporary associates and will support our current associates and customers in locations with specific needs. We are humbled and proud to be able to give an opportunity to so many workers during this critical time.”
Continuing to see a strong demand in Walmart stores, the additional employees will give current associates the flexibility to take time off and stay home if they feel more comfortable doing so. “In stores and clubs, we’ll continue to hire key roles, such as cashiers, stockers and personal shoppers. In distribution centers and fulfillment centers, we’ll hire additional fillers and pickers. And, we’ll also continue adding roles such as more drivers to our fleet,” Morris said. “To hire these 150,000 new associates, we’ve worked with more than 70 companies that have furloughed workers. We’re seeing these associates come to us from restaurant and hospitality industries and other retailers.”
Of the associates hired, approximately 85 percent are being hired into temporary or part-time roles. “While many of these associates want temporary employment that serves as a bridge during this time, we also expect others to convert to permanent roles,” Morris said. “We’ll continue to hire new associates through our expedited hiring process—from application to offer as quickly as 24 hours.” There are two easy ways for candidates to apply: by visiting careers website or by texting ‘jobs’ to 240240.
“We’re seeing huge successes from the talent we’re adding to the team, and we are proud and appreciative of everything our associates are doing to provide a vital service to our communities during this time,” Morris said.
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