Walmart said the decision comes from the need for a “robust supply chain” and is a result of “another strong quarter” where innovation has boosted its growth.

The roles, which will be a mix of part-time and full-time jobs, will span more than 250 Walmart and Sam’s Club distribution centres, fulfilment centres and transportation offices.

Walmart added it knows that offering competitive pay is essential in order to build a “network for the future.” The average wage for supply chain associates is US$20.37 per hour.

“At Walmart, what starts as a job has the potential to lead to a limitless and rewarding career. Whether you’re new to the workforce or you’re looking for a fresh start, this is the place to continue your professional journey. After all, the majority of our managers started their careers in roles such as an order filler, and now have responsibility for leading a team of associates to ensure goods are received and shipped to stores and customers with the highest quality and service levels,” it said in a statement.

The retailer is holding hiring events between 8-9 September to attract candidates.

News on supply chain pressures has dominated headlines globally this week. Steve Lamar, president and CEO of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) told CNBC supply chains are seeing unprecedented disruptions as a result of factory closures linked to Covid, “legendary price gouging” from carriers and freight lines and huge backlogs at the ports.

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