Walmart aims to hire 20,000 supply chain employees as it ramps up for the holiday season

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A shopper loads items into a vehicle outside a Walmart store in San Leandro, California, U.S., on Thursday, May 13, 2021.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesWalmart said Wednesday it plans to hire 20,000 employees to help keep merchandise moving ahead of the anticipated holiday shopping rush.The big-box retailer, which is already the nation's largest private employer, said the roles will be in supply chain. The jobs will be a mix of full-time and part-time, but will be permanent positions. They will range from order fillers to freight handlers at the company's more than 250 distribution centers, fulfillment centers and transportation offices.The average wage for a supply chain associate is $20.37 per hour, Walmart said in the corporate blog post. The company said it will hold special hiring events Sept. 8 and 9.Walmart is staffing up as companies cope with fierce competition for workers and Covid-19 outbreaks that have halted manufacturing, slowed shipping and led to c
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