Walmart raises minimum wage in ecommerce warehouses

Monday 23 March 2020 13:23 CET | News

Walmart has temporarily raised entry wages for workers in its ecommerce warehouses by USD 2, following similar moves by rivals.

The decision accentuates its attempts to manage a shopping surge brought about by the coronavirus outbreak. Walmart said the hike will increase entry wages for workers in ecommerce fulfilment centres or warehouses to between USD 15 and USD 19 an hour effective immediately through Memorial Day, a holiday in the US that falls on 25 May this year.

The retailer employs 1.5 million people in the US, and it has struggled to keep store shelves stocked and fulfil online orders amid panic-buying by shoppers spooked by the outbreak. Walmart said it would pay special cash bonuses totalling USD 550 million to hourly staff and hire 150,000 temporary workers through the end of May in its stores and fulfilment centres.

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Keywords: Walmart, ecommerce, warehouses, coronavirus, wage, retail, cash
Categories: Payments & Commerce
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