CHICAGO—Walmart mentioned on Thursday it could give practically half its U.S. staff free Samsung phones by the top of the 12 months to allow them to use an app the corporate has developed to handle shifts, clock in, and keep in “fixed communication.”
The world’s largest retailer, which employs practically 1.6 million individuals in the US, mentioned greater than 740,000 workers would obtain Samsung Galaxy XCover Professional smartphones, circumstances, and safety plans. Presently, most individuals share firm units.
Walmart declined to share monetary particulars, however the telephone sells at $499.99 on Samsung Electronics’s web site. It is not uncommon for large corporations to strike closely discounted offers with carriers and machine makers when shopping for company telephones in bulk.
The retailer, which examined the mission earlier this 12 months, mentioned it could not be capable to see private information. It will likely be in a position to see work emails, put in work apps, net historical past on the telephone’s work-specific browser, machine specs, and clock-in places.
Individuals will solely be capable to entry work apps whereas on their shifts, however can use the telephones as private units, Walmart mentioned.
The app—referred to as “Me@Walmart”—can be utilized to test schedules as much as two weeks prematurely, ask for modifications, and request day off. It has a voice-activated assistant that helps find merchandise and can also be designed to make sure staff can “immediately join with each other” in shops. Utilizing the telephones just isn’t obligatory.
“Fixed communication is important for our enterprise. Walkie talkies have been one answer, however not each affiliate has one,” Walmart executives Drew Holler and Kellie Romack mentioned in a weblog publish.
By Richa Naidu