Walmart Stores, Inc. (WMT) is set to give more than 740,000 of its U.S employees, Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro smartphones, cases, and protection plans by the end of the year allowing them to use an app the company has developed to manage shifts, clock in, and stay in “constant communication.” The app – called “Me@Walmart” – can be used to check schedules up to two weeks in advance, ask for changes, and request time off. It is equipped with a voice-activated assistant that helps locate products and also ensures the workers can “instantly connect with one another” in stores. The world’s largest retailer employs nearly 1.6 million people in the United States.
“Constant communication is essential for our business. Walkie talkies were one solution, but not every associate has one,” stated Walmart executives Drew Holler and Kellie Romack.
The retailer tested the project earlier this year, informed it would not be able to see personal data. However, it will be able to see work emails, installed work apps, web history on the phone’s work-specific browser, device specifications, and clock-in locations. People will only be able to access work apps while on their shifts, but can use the phones as personal devices, the retailer informed.
Walmart Stores, Inc. (WMT) is a worldwide retailer that operates in various formats. The three segments of the company include Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam’s Club. The company is comprised of discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash and carry stores, home improvement stores, specialty electronics stores, apparel stores, drug stores, convenience stores, and membership-only warehouse clubs; and retail Websites. To learn more about Walmart (WMT) and to continue to track its progress please visit the Vista Partners Walmart Coverage Page.
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