Latest on Walmart’s Response to COVID-19
In this unprecedented period of time, Walmart has made several commitments focused on supporting the health and safety of their associates, customers and communities. Today, we want to share with you some of the progress they’ve made, and updates to steps taken in response to COVID-19.
Recognizing the hard work ahead of their associates as COVID-19 spreads and to help provide more cash in hand for them sooner, Walmart shared plans to accelerate the payout for their quarterly incentive, which store, club and supply chain associates received this week. With this, Walmart paid nearly $180 million in cash bonuses to hourly associates, with more to come next month on their originally scheduled quarterly bonus payout date. This is in addition to the special cash bonus for all U.S. hourly associates earlier this month, which was $300 for full-time hourly and $150 for part-time hourly, a total of more than $365 million paid to their associates.
In addition, Walmart fulfilled their commitment to hire 200,000 associates in their stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers, since March 19. Walmart is humbled to be able to give an opportunity to so many Americans to work, often serving as a bridge for employment, while helping Walmart better serve customers during this time of increased demand.
On March 12, Walmart received the call from the White House asking them to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other partners to stand up testing sites on their parking lots around the country. Since then, Walmart is now supporting 20 sites in 12 states, and opening more every day. As a result, nearly 13,000 people have been tested at one of these sites to date. The medical community has learned an incredible amount from these tests, and lab and testing capacity is increasing all the time, giving Walmart confidence they can rapidly scale. By the end of May Walmart anticipates more than 100 sites in operation, assuming there is adequate lab capacity. With 100 sites Walmart can help bring 20,000 tests a week to people who need them, especially in hot spots and underserved areas.
Another immediate challenge facing us as a country is the increased demand for medical supplies, especially PPE. So, Walmart is also supporting efforts to get PPE and supplies to health care providers on the front lines where they can. As news outlets report, medical-grade PPE supplies have been challenged due to the significant need. Walmart is tapping into their supply chain and apparel expertise to help McKesson source and deliver more than 2.5 million gowns and coveralls by the end of April. Looking ahead, Walmart believes they can add another 6 million gowns into the supply chain in May, with millions more in June and beyond. Walmart is doing this important work in collaboration with McKesson, who has the ability to distribute these critical products to health care professionals across the United States.
For more information about Walmart’s current full response to COVID-19, please visit here.