Walmart announced Tuesday it's making a significant commitment to expanding its global technology operation. The Walmart Global Tech (WGT) division is adding hubs in Toronto and Atlanta, and also plans to hire more than 5,000 technology associates globally during fiscal 2022. According to the company, Atlanta and Toronto have been chosen as its newest tech hubs because of their growing tech presence, connection to Walmart, and broad, diverse talent.
With the addition of Atlanta and Toronto, WGT now has 17 hubs that span from Silicon Valley and Northwest Arkansas to Dallas and India. The company's growth includes continuing to build teams in two locations it entered last year: Seattle and Chennai, India.
Total Retail's Take: It's not surprising that Global Tech is the fastest-growing corporate team at Walmart, according to a company blog post. The company has been an innovator in retail technology for decades and today, WGT "develops and manages the foundational technologies on which customer experiences are built, including cloud, data, enterprise architecture, DevOps, infrastructure and security." Technology is the backbone of retail organizations today, especially global enterprises like Walmart, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only heightened the need for best-in-class tech for top retailers and brands.
Commenting on Walmart's plan to hire more than 5,000 associates globally this fiscal year, Suresh Kumar, executive vice president, chief technology officer and chief development officer, said Walmart is "doubling down on our greatest asset — our people. This year, we’re focused on hiring cybersecurity professionals, architects, developers, software engineers, data scientists, data engineers, technical program managers and product managers." The blog post also mentions increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace as a top priority as the WGT team expands.
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