20,000 may be hired by Walmart to meet holiday season demand

The roles will be all permanent, although some will be full-time and others part-time

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Walmart is looking for candidates to fill the roles of order fillers, freighter handlers and other supply-chain positions at its over 250 delivery and fulfilment centres and transportation offices across the US. Ahead of the holiday season, the retail company aims to hire about 20,000 people for both full-time and part-time roles in its supply chain where it is short of hands. However, all the roles will be permanent.

In order to retail its existing employees, Walmart recently offered special bonuses to its workers at the warehouses. It has offered to cover the entire college fees and cost of textbooks for the employees who are studying or wish to pursue courses.

With more people resorting to online shopping, retailers across the globe are expanding their teams in preparation for the holiday rush when gifting is going to be at its peak. The industry is already suffering from delays, stock shortage, slow shipping and so on due to the pandemic.

Earlier this month, Walmart had announced its intention to hire up to 80 people at a starting pay of $19.75 per hour to work at its distribution centre in Bartlesville. This hiring was based on the strong online and offline sales earlier in the year.

On August 25, Walmart had organised a hiring event to recruit about 100 associates, for its Washington Court House grocery distribution centre.

In India, Walmart-owned Flipkart was recently in the news for opening new supply-chain facilities in Karnataka, generating over 14,000 jobs.

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