In a statement Walmart Inc said, it will hire more than 150,000 hourly workers in the United States to help shoppers during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.
Walmart’s rival Amazon.com Inc has also announced a similar move saying it would hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in the United States to boost online orders during this period of crisis.
Walmart will be paying a special cash bonus of $300 to full-time hourly workers and $150 to part-time associates. It will also accelerate the next scheduled quarterly bonus, said Walmart.
The new workers being hired through the end of May, will work in Walmart’s stores, distribution and fulfillment centers and clubs, said the company.
Walmart went on to add, while these new hirings would be temporary, 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,” said Walmart’s president and Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon.
With shoppers fearing quarantines and product shortages, they have cleared shelves prompting retailers to boost stock of food and hygienic items even as they ramp up hirings to in-store work or delivery jobs.
Walmart is implementing a new process to “dramatically expedite” hiring for key roles, such as cashiers and stockers. The “usual two-week application cycle would be reduced to a 24-hour process”, said Walmart.