Following wage increase, Walmart is seeking 900 more truck drivers this year

Press release from Walmart

ATLANTA, Ga. January 23, 2019 — Walmart is announcing today an investment in driver wages. This investment represents Walmart’s commitment to maintaining its position as one of the best jobs in the transportation industry and the importance of attracting top talent and offering valuable driver benefits. The Walmart trucking fleet is expected to grow, with the addition of 900 drivers in 2019.

The wage increase will provide Walmart drivers an opportunity to earn an average of $87,500 in their first year of employment with an all-in rate of nearly 89 cents per mile. Beginning in February drivers will receive a per mile increase of $0.01 and a 50-cent increase in activity pay for arrive and arrive/drop occurrences. That means Walmart drivers will now be paid up to $1 every time they arrive at their destination and drop a trailer.

“For almost 50 years, we’ve understood the importance of recruiting and keeping the best truck drivers in the retail business,” said Ron James, Walmart general transportation manager in Monroe, Ga. “Our drivers remain the backbone of our company, and this investment toward attracting and retaining the safest drivers only makes us stronger as we continue looking for better ways to serve our customers, our stores and our communities.”

The perks and benefits of driving for Walmart extend well beyond the competitive per mile rate and activity-based pay. Some of the other reasons truck drivers enjoy working for Walmart include:

  • Great benefits. Walmart drivers have access to company benefits on their first day of employment and can earn as much as 21 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) in their first year.
  • Predictable home time. Walmart operates on a weekly schedule, so drivers know when they will be home or on the road. There is a bidding process two to three times a year to set driver schedules, so drivers know where they stand on work-life balance.
  • Walmart is one of the safest fleets operating with contemporary well-maintained equipment. At Walmart, drivers drive and earn money rather than waiting for a truck to be fixed. Walmart offers quarterly safety bonuses, a safety incentive and recognition programs. The American Transportation Association has awarded Walmart the Safest Fleet in the Over 250 Million Mile Division for the past five consecutive years.
  • Transportation offices all over the country. Walmart operates more than 70 transportation offices throughout the U.S.
  • No-touch freight. Walmart truck drivers don’t unload trucks.
  • Safe parking. Walmart drivers park in well-lit, safe parking lots at Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers across the country.

“America’s trucking industry is the lifeblood of our nation’s economy, delivering everything from food and medical supplies to retail goods and construction materials,” said Ed Crowell, president and CEO of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association. “Trucking’s success enables other industries and businesses to grow and prosper. Professional truck drivers are the heart of all of that. The Georgia Motor Trucking Association has long noted that Walmart’s drivers set a high industry benchmark for professionalism and performance and we applaud Walmart’s commitment to retaining and recruiting highly talented individuals for their fleet.”

Walmart’s drivers are helping the company recruit the best drivers, and the company is seeing an increase in referrals. The company also dramatically revamped its hiring and onboarding program, shortening the application and onboarding time by more than 50 percent.

Each year, Walmart’s 8,000 drivers travel more than 700 million miles and deliver millions of cases of merchandise to Walmart and Sam’s Club’s 4,700 locations across the nation — all while remaining one of the largest and safest fleets on the road. Walmart drivers are among the most experienced as well. To drive for Walmart, a commercial driver must have at least 30 months of full-time experience with no serious traffic violations in the last three years.

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