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Walmart Plans to Hire 50,000, Add Tech Hubs in Atlanta, Toronto

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Walmart Inc. of Bentonville announced that it plans to hire more than 50,000 employees in the U.S. by the end of April and open new hubs for its technology organization, Walmart Global Tech, in Atlanta and Toronto. 

The retailer is hiring for positions across the company’s stores, corporate campuses and supply chain facilities, Chief People Officer Donna Morris said in a news release. The company is also streamlining its hiring, reducing the process for frontline workers to 24 hours. Morris said the process will be simplified even further in the year ahead.

Walmart Global Tech plans to hire 5,000 workers this fiscal year, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Development Officer Suresh Kumar announced. It’s looking to fill roles in cybersecurity, software engineering, data science, data engineering and more to support growth at planned and existing hubs. Walmart Global Tech currently has 14 hubs across the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica and India.

The tech expansion comes as Walmart builds up its online marketplace to compete with Amazon, works to further automate its distribution centers, adds self-driving delivery vehicles, and acquires tech startups like Zeekit, a virtual fitting company, that aim to improve the customer experience. 

Walmart Global Tech has more than 20,000 employees across the world, an increase of 26% in the last fiscal year, Kumar said in a news release. 

It chose Atlanta and Toronto for the new hubs because of their growing tech presence, broad and diverse talent pools, and existing connections to Walmart. In Atlanta, Walmart Global Tech plans to add 140 full-time workers in the first phase of hiring. In Toronto, 45 full-time workers will be hired, with plans to increase that number to several hundred over the next 12 months. 

In addition to those jobs, Walmart Canada is planning to invest $1 billion in technology and other areas, such as refurbishing local stores.

The teams in Atlanta and Toronto will work virtually in the near-term and will eventually transition to a hybrid model as the company finds physical space for collaboration.

Walmart’s hiring push follows two other major efforts to recruit employees over the past six months. The company in September said it would hire 150,000 workers for the holiday sales rush and that most of them would be retained in permanent, full-time positions. Earlier that month, it announced that it intended to hire 20,000 supply chain workers to support expected growth in the coming years. 

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