Walmart needs drivers to deliver goods to stores and e-commerce warehouses, as well as meet growing demand for customers’ online orders. Walmart added more than 4,500 drivers last year, a record hiring spree for the company, which employs around 12,000 truck drivers.
The latest pay bump will “help us continue to hire aggressively to meet all-time high demand from customers,” a Walmart spokesperson said in an email.
Walmart is also trying to hire new drivers internally. It started a three-month development program for its supply chain workers in select areas to earn their commercial driver’s licenses and become Walmart truck drivers.