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Walmart expands services in Phoenix area, plans to hire over 700

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PHOENIX – Retail giant Walmart planned to hire for more than 700 positions in the Phoenix area as it expands services to compete with Amazon.

The Arkansas-based chain said Thursday it was especially looking for more help at locations in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Cave Creek.

The jobs, including inventory stockers and cashiers, are full time and part time.

Other potential employees could be personal shoppers for the company’s grocery delivery service.

Walmart recently rolled out a program offering customers the option to pay a yearly $98 fee or a monthly $12.95 fee to receive unlimited same-day grocery deliveries from nearly 2,000 of its stores.

The retailer is coming off a disappointing fourth quarter, falling short of analysts’ expectations. U.S. sales grew 1.9%; Wall Street had estimated 2.35%.

But e-commerce grew by 35%, the company said.

“We remain focused on providing our customers with the best omnichannel experience from any retailer,” CEO Doug McMillon said Feb. 18 in an earnings release.

Last year, Walmart launched in-home delivery and online voice order to help customers build their baskets.

The company also dedicated nearly $72 million to renovate stores in Arizona in 2019.

More than a dozen stores were renovated and others were set to receive tech improvements, such as pickup towers, where customers who purchase items online can pick up their orders in the store.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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