Wal-Mart to Hire 55,000 Seasonal Associates; Promotes 70,000 Workers

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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), the largest retailer worldwide announced that it is hiring 55,000 seasonal associates for the holiday season, and it is promoting 70,000 workers.

Wal-Mart to Hire 55,000 Seasonal Associates; Promotes 70,000 Workers

Wal-Mart is also promoting another 35,000 workers

According to the retail giant, it will elevate the employment status of its 35,000 temporary associates to part-time. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) is also promoting another 35,000 workers who are currently working part-time to a full-time status.

In a statement, Gisel Ruiz, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Wal-Mart U.S. said, “Our associates have always been the key to Walmart’s success, and that’s especially true during the holidays. We know our associates are going to deliver for our customers, so we are going to deliver for our associates. In addition to the traditional hiring of seasonal help, we are expanding opportunities for the people that already work for us.”

Consumers are counting on Wal-Mart to offer them great deals

Ruiz added that the holiday season is very special for many Americans because for many it is about giving their family a Christmas to remember. Furthermore, she said that millions of consumers are counting on Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) to offer them great deals, low prices, and one stop shopping convenience.

“The Christmas season is a busy time for everyone. We are determined to help customers and associates provide their families a memorable and affordable Christmas,” said Ruiz.

Based on regulatory filings, the workforce of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) and Sam’s Club in the United States declined by approximately 120,000 to 1.3 million employees over the past five years. During the period, the retail giant opened 500 new stores in the country until July 31.

Many consumers complained that the retail giant doesn’t have enough store associates to maintain its stocks on the shelves, to answer questions, and process payments at the cash register.

One of the issues affecting its business operations is the “lack of labor in stores to get the inventory out of the back rooms and onto sales floor,” according to Cleveland Research Co.

According to Kory Lundberg, spokesperson for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), the employees who consistently worked more than 34 hours per week are considered full-time and they are eligible to receive health benefits. Lundberg added that the new part-time employees of the company will now have job security since the contracts of temporary workers only last for 90 or 180 days.

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