Walmart’s new ‘team-based’ operational model comes with higher pay for workers

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Walmart Inc. said Thursday that it is shifting to a “team-based operating model” in its Supercenters, which will raise wages for about 165,000 U.S. workers. The model has already been used in the Sam’s Club warehouses and at Neighborhood Markets. Associates will work in small teams that will be trained in different functions, presenting the chance to learn more skills and provide more flexibility, according to the retailer. Co-managers will now be store leads, assistant store managers now hold a “coach” title, and department managers will now be team leads. Wages for team leads will start at $18-to-$21 per hour and go up to $30 in the Supercenters. Skilled frontline workers will also get a raise, with wages for deli and bakery workers going up to $15 from $11 per hour. Several auto center care roles will also see a pay increase of $1 per hour or more. Workers will see their pay hike go into effect in October and will be eligible for bonuses in the third and fourth quarters of this year. Walmart stock has gained 15% for the year to date while the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 2.3% for the period.
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