Walmart announces pay raises for at least 165,000 hourly staffers, changes to leadership roles

New roles, pay raises for at least 165,000 hourly Walmart staffers

Walmart announced Thursday that it is introducing a “team-based operating model” for its Supercenters, replacing leadership roles with new positions.

In a memo titled “Investing in Our Associates and Roles of the Future,” Walmart said it would be replacing co-manager, assistant manager and department manager with new roles: store lead, coach and team lead respectively.

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In addition to the leadership changes, the company announced it would be raising wages for “approximately 165,000 hourly associates across all Walmart U.S. stores.”

Bloomberg noted that the changes may prompt some to leave the company as the changes may thin out leadership at each store.

Sales at U.S. locations that have been open at least a year jumped 9.3%, the company reported in August. With customers not going out to eat as much, they’re cooking at home, spurring sales of groceries. They’re also buying items to set up their home office or improve their outdoor area, store executives said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.