Walmart has planned to team up with oil and gas corporations and offer fuel discounts for customers. The company has decided to give 10 cents on every gallon of fuel they purchase at more than 14,000 participating gas stations. announced on Thursday that it is upping compensation for long-haul truck drivers and creating a new program to teach the next generation as it attempts to restock store shelves and warehouses nationwide.
According to Walmart, truck drivers will now earn between $95,000 and $110,000 in their first year with the firm, increasing their average compensation. could not disclose a current compensation range for new truck drivers, but stated that in their first year, they made an average of $87,500.In addition, Walmart has launched a 12-week program in Sanger, Texas, and Dover, Delaware, where anyone may get a commercial driver’s licence and join fleet. According to firm spokesperson Anne Hatfield, it will pay the cost of obtaining a licence, which may range between $4,000 and $5,000.
According to Hatfield, the initiative would initially be limited to supply chain personnel who work near the two training locations. She stated that all Walmart employees would be able to apply for the program in the future. This year, she added, the business plans to train between 400 and 800 additional drivers.Walmart, the country’s largest private employer with 1.6 million employees, is ramping up truck driver recruitment as e-commerce disrupts its business and complicates its supply chain. Trucking labour is likewise in short supply.
According to the American Trucking Associations trade organization, the shortfall of truck drivers in the United States reached an all-time high of over 80,000 employees last year. According to the trade association, the shortage of workers is due to various issues, including the long hours of long-haul journeys, the older average age of existing drivers, and the minimal number of women in the business.