Walmart announced Wednesday that it will hire “hundreds” of truck drivers and raise driver pay in 2019.
Last year, the company saw same-store comp sales hit three percent, “which is leading to increased demands on the transportation network,” according to a news release. Walmart said 1,400 new truck drivers were added to its fleet in 2018.
Walmart will also raise driver pay beginning in February, the release stated. That raise involves a one cent per mile increase and additional pay for every arrival.
Walmart drivers will now earn an average of $87,500 a year with “an all-in rate close to 89 cents per mile,” according to the release.
The company is also changing its hiring process, adding one-on-one mentoring from veteran drivers.
“We’re leaning heavily on the expertise of our Walmart road team and our certified driver trainers to grow our skilled fleet of professional drivers,” said Lori Furnell, Walmart’s director of driver talent acquisition.
To qualify for training, drivers must have at least 30 months of experience in the past three years and a clean safety record.