by Tyler Hale
Walmart is ramping up trucking division this year with the hiring of hundreds of new truck drivers.
The Bentonville retailer plans to hire more than 500 truck drivers, concentrated on the East and West Coasts. According to a corporate blog post, Walmart is seeking experienced drivers to bolster the company’s trucking ranks.
Matt Smith, with Walmart Corporate Affairs, writes that drivers will be paid approximately $87,500 on average. In addition, the company provides increases in per mile rate, activity pay, and training pay.
“One of the biggest differences from other driving companies is Walmart drivers get paid in more ways than mileage pay. They receive training pay and activity pay for times when they are not logging miles,”Smith writes.
To qualify for Walmart’s fleet, drivers must have at least 30 months of prior experience in the past three years as well as a clean safety record.
Other qualifications include a Class A Commercial Driver’s License with Hazmat endorsement, no more than two moving violations in a vehicle in the past three years, no serious traffic violations in a commercial vehicle in the previous three years, and no preventable accidents in a commercial motor vehicle in the previous three years. Drivers also cannot have an DUI, WHI, OUI or reckless driving with alcohol/drugs convictions in the previous 10 years.