Walmart gifting 740,000 employees free Samsung smartphones by the end of the year – York Daily Record

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Dan Rainville, York Day by day Report

For some Walmart staff, Christmas is coming early this yr. Walmart will likely be offering new Samsung smartphones to all of its 740,000 staff by the tip of the yr.

Workers will likely be supplied with a brand new Samsung Galaxy XCover Professional smartphone, case and safety plan freed from cost — the retail worth often runs for $499.99.

The supply coincides with the launch of Me@Walmart, a brand new app constructed by the retail chain to assist staff simplify duties, serve clients and handle life outdoors of labor.

“The concept of this app began as a method to handle associates’ schedules and has grown into our single in-store app for U.S. associates, saving them time and serving to them be extra environment friendly,” Drew Holler, Walmart U.S. senior vp of individuals operations, and Kellie Romack, vp or product and affiliate expertise, stated in a weblog submit. “We consider it’s the primary of its type within the retail business.”

The app will solely be accessible when staff are at work however, the telephone is permitted for use as their private system as nicely, and Walmart is not going to have entry to any private knowledge.

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“Till now, associates have shared firm handheld units. We did an preliminary take a look at with the brand new smartphones earlier this yr, and the response was good. We at the moment are increasing the take a look at and can proceed to guage to verify we’re offering our associates with one of the best instruments to do their jobs,” the corporate stated in an announcement.

Within the coming months, the Me@Walmart app will even roll out a characteristic that may velocity up the time it takes for workers to convey gadgets from the backroom onto the gross sales flooring. As a substitute of scanning every field individually, associates simply maintain up their system and, utilizing augmented actuality, spotlight the bins which might be able to go.

The telephones are being applied in Walmart shops to extend effectivity. Earlier this yr, Walmart added small robot-staffed warehouses to dozens of its shops to assist staff fill orders for pickup and supply as on-line buying surged as a result of coronavirus pandemic.  

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