Walmart Promises Raises for 425,000 Workers After Strong Holiday Sales

Walmart is raising pay for 425,000 employees starting March 13, the retail giant announced Thursday.

The nation’s largest employer announced the raise for store workers in its digital and stocking workgroups and says it is bringing pay above $15 an hour. Starting pay rates for these employees move from $13 to $19 per hour based on the store location and market, Walmart said.

During Walmart’s quarterly earnings Thursday, the company also said it’s going to invest nearly $14 billion to increase automation and improve its distribution network. The company has pushed hard into fast and convenient delivery during the coronavirus pandemic and it signaled that will not slow down

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said Thursday the company has increased starting wages by more than 50% since 2015 and that the average wage in the U.S. will be at least $15.25 per hour. The retailer has about 1.5 million employees in the U.S. at more than 5,000 stores and Sam’s Club locations.

Sales surged by 7.4% in the period that includes the critical holiday shopping season and sales at stores opened at least a year rose 8.6%, up from 6.4% in the previous quarter. Online sales rose 69%, down from the 80% jump in the previous quarter, and it was the slowest growth since the beginning of the pandemic.


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