Walmart will give 740,000 workers free Samsung smartphones by the top of the yr to allow them to use a brand new app to handle schedules, the corporate announced Thursday.
The cellphone, the Samsung Galaxy XCover Professional, will also be used for private use, and the corporate will present free circumstances and safety plans. The cellphone’s retail value is at present $499.
Staff will solely be capable to use work options on the brand new Me@Walmart whereas on the clock, the corporate mentioned. “The concept of this app began as a solution 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,” the corporate mentioned.
“We imagine it is the primary of its sort within the retail business.”
Up till now, associates at Walmart shops used handheld gadgets they shared to speak, however an preliminary check with worker smartphones was acquired effectively and can now be expanded upon, Walmart mentioned.
Scheduling, push-to-talk with workers, signing into work by cellphone and a voice-activated private assistant are all options of the Me@Walmart app. Within the coming months, the corporate plans so as to add a function that can assist shorten the time it takes workers to get gadgets from the stockroom to the gross sales ground.
“As retail continues to evolve — and rapidly — it is extra essential than ever to equip our individuals with the instruments and know-how they want for achievement,” Walmart acknowledged. “Doing so makes work simpler and extra satisfying, and it retains the main focus the place we want it most — delivering an incredible in-store, pickup and supply expertise for our prospects.”
The corporate promised that it will not have entry to any worker’s private information and might “use the smartphone as their very own private gadget if they need, with all of the options and privateness they’re used to.” The check can be expanded by the top of the yr, Walmart mentioned.
Earlier this yr, Walmart introduced pay will increase for almost a 3rd of its U.S. workforce of 1.6 million. In February, digital and retailer employees noticed their beginning hourly charges enhance from $13 to $19 relying on their location and market.