Walmart

Walmart recently announced that the company has fulfilled its pledge to hire 200,000 associates for its stores, clubs and distribution centers nationwide and of those 200,000 additional associates, 7,400 of them were hired right here in Ohio.

This hiring initiative was aimed at providing jobs, while helping Walmart better serve customers during this time of increased demand. Many of these roles will be temporary and serve as a bridge for Ohioans to get through this difficult time, while others will convert to permanent roles.

The recent hires add to the many ways Walmart is ensuring its associates have the support they need while providing an essential service to their communities.

WALMART REWARDS OHIO ASSOCIATES WITH $5.17 MILLION IN CASH BONUSES – First, Walmart associates in Ohio received a bonus in their paychecks today adding up to $5.17 million statewide. In all, Walmart gave associates $180 million in bonuses nationwide today. When combined with the $365 million announced earlier this month, the company has committed close to $550 million in bonus payouts to its men and women serving on the front lines of these unprecedented times.

Second, Walmart announced today it reached its goal of hiring an additional 200,000 associates nationwide. Not only has the company helped provide work for almost a quarter million people impacted by COVID-19, they did so in less than six weeks.

Details of both initiatives are here.

The bonuses and new jobs add to the many ways Walmart is ensuring its associates have the support they need while serving customers with the food, medicine and other essential items they need during this time.

HEALTH INITIATIVE – As the world continues to deal with the spread of COVID-19, Walmart remains focused on the health and safety of their associates and customers. As a result, the company continues to implement extensive measures to help keep stores safe and clean and today, for the first time, we’re taking you on a video tour of a Walmart Supercenter to show you how we’re serving customers during these unprecedented times.

Watch this video – shot last weekend by John Furner, President and CEO of Walmart U.S. – to learn more about the steps the company has already taken to ensure a safe environment, how all of the steps work together in stores and what customers can expect when they shop at their local store.

A few of the changes that Walmart has introduced include:

  • Installing plexiglass barriers (sneeze guards) at checkout lanes.
  • Installing floor decals in stores at both the entrances and in checkout lanes, making it easier for customers to judge the proper social distance from each other.
  • Taking the temperatures of associates as they report to work in stores, clubs and facilities, as well as asking them some basic health screening questions.
  • Requiring associates wear masks or other face coverings at work and encouraging customers and members to wear face coverings when they shop in stores.
  • Making key services (like payment and pickup and delivery) completely contact-free.

We know that it’s a time of uncertainty for many, and that you may want to see Walmart’s safety measures for customers and associates in action. You’re welcome to share the full video, linked here.