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Turning Driver Jobs into Destination Careers at Walmart — Taking the Hire Road

Due to the many benefits, including income and time off and vacation, many in the trucking industry want to drive for a private fleet. Walmart is considered the best in this industry and has been striving to maintain this status for almost 50 years.

A key aspect of driver retention is respect. Most of the time, that means valuing them with a consistent conversation, schedule, and salary.

“Drivers are a special part of not just our supply chain, but our business as a whole,” said Erin Bergman, senior manager of supply chain talent acquisition at Walmart. “Drivers provide a unique perspective on the challenges that exist in our industry. We always seek to honor and respect the role they play in our business by continuing to evaluate our offers, whether it is compensation, benefits or hours.

Earlier this year, Walmart shook up the industry when it announced it would raise salaries for all drivers, from beginner to experienced. In addition to the pay rise, the retailer said it will also launch a new Private Fleet Development Program – a 12-week training for potential drivers to earn a CDL and become separate Walmart Private Fleet Drivers. whole.

While Walmart management started the conversation in early 2021, the announcement came as no surprise to existing drivers as the company shared the news internally before going public. Bergman believes that internal communication is an essential part of respecting drivers – and therefore retaining them.

“Respect is one of our core values ​​at Walmart,” Bergman said. “One of the ways we experience this is to communicate directly with our drivers. We want to make sure that when they hear about initiatives, they hear it directly from us and their leaders first.

As more and more continue to take advantage of these new initiatives, Bergman is excited to see the growth and satisfaction of drivers and associates.

“To hear [success] stories and see how [these changes] had an impact on their lives is what is most gratifying,” she said. “Every decision we make is about associates and drivers and what’s best for them.”

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