About 165,000 Walmart supercenter employees are getting paid more, but that comes with more responsibility for how their stores work and look. In two major departments, a bakery and a deli, Walmart pays the $ 15 minimum wage that retail workers have been targeting for years.

An organizational structure that was tested last year at Sam̵

7;s Club and this year at Walmart Neighborhood Markets is coming to Walmart’s workhorse – the Supercentre.

Supercenters want small teams that are cross-trained and given responsibility “for certain parts of the store to be in stock and adhere to visual standards,” said Dacona Smith, CEO of Walmart US

These lead roles in each hour start with a salary of between $ 18 and $ 21 per hour and can go up to $ 30 per hour. Salaries are also increased for jobs in digital payroll, asset protection and auto care center assistant manager jobs.

“Through this new, differentiated team management structure, we create space for payroll and career growth while investing in areas such as pickup and delivery, as customers increasingly turn to these opportunities,” Smith said.

The new minimum wage in the deli and bakery of $ 15 per hour has risen from $ 11 per hour and is similar to the two biggest competitors, Target and Amazon.

Beginning in July, Target permanently raised its starting salary to $ 15, which is equivalent to Amazon’s starting salary for full-time, part-time, store and distribution center employees. Kroger just concluded negotiations with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which raised wages and benefits by $ 2.30 an hour in its 98 Dallas-Fort Worth stores over several years.

Walmart auto center employees also receive increases of at least $ 1 per hour.

The team’s operating model “has been very successful at Sam’s Club over the past year” and creates camaraderie in a smaller, supportive group, said Smith, whose early career advancement at Walmart was in Texas. Texas is Walmart’s largest market with 593 stores and 158,545 employees.

Cross-training will give these employees the skills to support others who want to take time off or just need extra help during busy shifts, he said.

The salary increases start in October and take the place of annual increases that are typically given in February or April. This group of employees no longer receives the quarterly bonuses that go to staff membranes per. Hour. An “overwhelming majority” of employees surveyed said their hourly wage is the most important part of their pay, Smith said.

Walmart also said it has paid out $ 1.1 billion in bonuses so far during the pandemic.

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