Walmart is looking to add more highly qualified drivers for its private fleet and has announced a new $1,500 bonus for driver referrals as well as speeding the onboarding process.
With increased freight demand the company is looking to hire more long-haul truck drivers for its private fleet and has asked drivers to help bring in more talent.
“To be candid, right now I could hire a few hundred drivers,” Tracy Rosser, Walmart’s senior vice president of transportation, told Bloomberg.
The company has also made changes to its hiring process to onboard new drivers more quickly. Under a new pilot program that is already in place in Bentonville, Arkansas, the onboard process will speed up by as much as a month. The company will be looking to expand the new process to Indianapolis this month.
Walmart’s private fleet currently has about 7,500 drivers and 6,500 tractors, with each driver traveling an average of 100,000 miles each year. Private fleet drivers can earn an average of $86,000 annually, accrue up to 21 days of paid time off, and have access to benefits from the beginning, according to Walmart.
For National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Sept. 9-15, the retail giant has also run its first television commercial dedicated to its fleet drivers, expressing appreciation for the important role they play with the company.