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Walmart to hire hundreds of truck drivers, raise salary to nearly $90,000

Walmart to hire hundreds of truck drivers, raise salary to nearly $90,000

Truck drivers working for Walmart will soon make almost $90,000 - and they're hiring. The company hired 1,400 new drivers in 2018, and "hundreds more are slate to join in 2019", according to Walmart.

Companies are competing for the best drivers as a shortage of truckers in the United States continues.

"This wage increase reflects the importance of our private fleet and our commitment to recruiting and retaining the best drivers in the industry", said Greg Smith, executive vice president of Walmart's USA supply chain.

The company's 8,000 drivers travel more than 700 million miles and deliver to 4,700 Walmart and Sam's Club stores. The raise, a 1-cent per mile increase and additional pay for every arrival, means Walmart drivers will now earn on average $87,500 a year.

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Walmart's new process has already cut in half the time between an initial interview and a mandatory driving assessment.

The new practices are a response to increased demands on the company's transportation network. Now, the process includes one-on-one mentoring with veteran drivers.

In the past, candidates were given one opportunity to perform an assessment, during which they were evaluated for driving skills and what is known as a "pre-trip inspection", or safety scans of a truck prior to each departure. Walmart has established locations in Arizona and SC to serve as week-long onboarding facilities where veteran drivers show new hires the skills they must master or improve on before they begin driving themselves.


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