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Wal-Mart Workers Allowed to Wear Denim in Bid to Improve Service

Thursday, 04 June 2015 10:49 AM

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is updating its dress code to let store workers wear denim, seeking to appease employees who’ve complained about the required wardrobe.

Beginning July 1, U.S. store employees will be able to wear black- or khaki-colored denim pants, which previously were prohibited, said Kory Lundberg, a spokesman. Employees who have more “physical” jobs — such as cart pushers or garden center workers — will be allowed to wear blue jeans and T-shirts, Lundberg said. All workers will wear blue Wal-Mart vests and name tags, he said.

The changes come in response to employee feedback about the current, more restrictive dress code, Lundberg said. It’s one in a series of recent changes taking place in Wal-Mart stores as Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon forges ahead with a turnaround plan for the company.

McMillon and U.S. CEO Greg Foran are renewing their focus on customer service. As part of the push, Wal-Mart, which is the nation’s largest private employer, has raised wages and increased training for workers. About 500,000 of its 1.3 million employees have recently received raises, with hourly rates going to at least $9 an hour. Wages will climb again to $10 by next year.

Wal-Mart also is restarting its radio station, which will be broadcast in its stores, Lundberg said. That decision follows employee complaints about some music being played continuously at certain locations, he said.

Wal-Mart rose 0.5 percent to $74.89 at the close in New York. The shares have lost 13 percent this year, compared with a 2.7 percent gain for the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index.

The retailer also has said that it’s removing a layer of in-store management to simplify operations. Meanwhile, it’s dedicating staffing and training programs to its auto-care centers at locations across the country.


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