WEST BEND —
More than 915,000 Walmart associates across the country received a
share of more than $200 million in cash bonuses based on their
stores’ second-quarter performance, the company announced Friday.
were included in associates’ paycheck Thursday.
hourly associates received $4.33 million.
According to a
news release, these bonuses came on the heels of the best
performance for Walmart U.S. in more than 10 years — with comp sales
growth (excluding fuel) of 4.5 percent — along with an increase in
customer traffic of more than 2 percent.
strong sales and traffic figures build on the momentum of the U.S.
business, which has enabled a positive local impact across Wisconsin
through associate bonuses, wage increases and innovation and
improvement to stores, and more.
Walmart announced plans to increase the starting wage for all hourly
associates in the U.S. to at least $11, expand maternity and
parental leave benefits, and provide a one-time cash bonus for
eligible associates of up to $1,000. Walmart also recently announced
a commitment to train and develop 1 million associates over the next
five years and introduced an education benefit for associates, which
includes free college credit for on-the-job training and education