Walmart has invested in recent years to digitize its store processes, reduce the workload of its employees, and channelize its capabilities in areas that focus more on customers. Now, while the change to the working day is being debated, the retail chain says it can maintain the 7-hour rule thanks to technology.
In Mexico, where the US company has about 194,000 employees (56% are women), Congress is debating a reform project for workers. This considers seven-hour days and a minimum holiday of 12 hours from the first year of work.
In view of this, Walmart ensures that the reduction in the working day will not put daily operations at risk, thanks to the automation of its operations. Make sure you are ready for the call “Reformation of respectable rest”, thanks to the technology that helped it navigate and grow during the pandemic. That doesn’t mean Walmart will reduce its payroll or stop hiring employees.
If the initiative being discussed in Congress is approved, companies will have to adapt to a new reality, including retail chains.
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Mariano Fisella, vice president of operations for Walmart Supercenter and Walmart Express, said that “Walmart’s Project in Mexico Is Long-Term” and in this sense, “The company will respect the labor law directives even if the seven-hour working day policy comes into force”, This, in addition, “It will not jeopardize daily operations and, where appropriate, the challenges presented by this improvement will be addressed with the technology already present in Walmart’s operations.”,
In the checkout line, for example, strategies have been developed to reduce the time taken to process collections through self-checkout machines, home delivery and pick-up service. Therefore, the reduction in working hours will prompt Walmart to use only those technology equipment that helped sustain operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.