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Walmart gives workers in Georgia $7.4 million in cash bonuses

This is the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Manchester Expressway in Columbus, one of three Walmart stores now offering free grocery pickup service. The two others are the Neighborhood Market on Blackmon Road and the supercenter on Whittlesey Boulevard. --
This is the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Manchester Expressway in Columbus, one of three Walmart stores now offering free grocery pickup service. The two others are the Neighborhood Market on Blackmon Road and the supercenter on Whittlesey Boulevard. -- tadams@ledger-enquirer.com

When’s the last time your company gave you a cash bonus?

Mega-retailer Walmart said it has doled out $7.4 million in bonus money to about 36,000 hourly workers at its stores in Georgia in the company’s second quarter, which wrapped up in July. They were awarded based on the performance and customer service goals of individual stores.

The bonus averages about $205 per employee, before taxes. And it’s a quarterly incentive, with staffers potentially able to receive the bonuses four times each year if their store does well.

“Walmart is committed to helping associates build a career with the company through recent investments in higher pay, better training, clearer career paths and additional education opportunities,” said Jeff Caples, regional general manager for Walmart in Georgia, in a statement.

Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been under pressure to bolster pay and benefits at its stores to improve sales and customer service. The company operates more than 11,500 stores under 65 names in 28 countries. It has more than 2 million employees worldwide. It reported $486 billion in revenue in 2015.

(Read more: Walmart workers say goodbye to old store, hello to new home on Victory Drive)

In Columbus and Phenix City, the retailer has expanded its presence in recent months. That includes the addition of a new supercenter on Victory Drive in south Columbus and Walmart Neighborhood Markets on Blackmon Road, Buena Vista Road and Manchester Expressway in Columbus, and a market on U.S. Highway 80 in Phenix City. That’s on top of four other supercenters that have operated locally for several years.

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