Walmart Canada needs more workers to keep up with demand, as Canadians stock up on household staples to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those hired will work in stores, distribution centers, clubs and fulfillment centers, Walmart said Thursday.
The roles will be temporary at first, but Walmart said many "will convert to permanent roles over time". "We have reached out to trade teams representing eating places and hospitality to facilitate temporary roles that may be a bridge for his or her staff throughout this troublesome time".
The company said it plans to expedite the application time from two weeks to 24 hours.
"We felt this was a moment they needed to be provided some extra merit pay", he says."They are doing herculean work in our stores serving our customers in frankly a tense environment". This initiative is aimed at helping put Americans to work, while helping Walmart better serve customers during this time of increased demand.
Furner says all full-time hourly associates will receive a $300 bonus and $150 for part-time. The company said it would also accelerate first-quarter bonuses.
The retailer, which is the largest private employer in the country, plans to spend $550 million on bonuses for its current workers.
Other major companies are also on hiring sprees, including Dollar Tree and 7-Eleven. The company also expanded associate's 10 percent store discount to include most grocery items and set aside dedicated time for them to shop.
"We all know thousands of People who're often employed presently are briefly out of work, and on the identical time we're at present seeing robust demand in our shops", mentioned Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart.
Earlier this month, Walmart reduced the operating hours of all its stores across the United States.
Early this week, rival retail giant Amazon also announced that it would hire an additional 100,000 workers in the U.S.to address a spike in online shopping.