Walmart is putting money behind its promise to better reward store associates with higher pay and benefits.
The company has paid out up to $500 each to 99 percent of its in-store workforce for meeting targets that include sales but largely focuses on an improved customer experience such as store cleanliness.
"The business plan is starting to work," said Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg. "Customers are starting to notice a difference when they come into the stores to do shopping."
The payouts are part of a $2.7 billion bonus program that ultimately awarded $200 million to some 932,000 hourly employees.
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Walmart is focused on improving the shopper experience by reallocating staff from backroom positions to the sales floor, reinstating greeters and creating training programs to facilitate meeting service goals.