Walmart revealed a new app yesterday to help employees see work schedules, clock in, communicate with one another and locate merchandise.
To ensure access to the app, Walmart will provide more than 740,000 Samsung smartphones to employees by the end of the year, free of charge.
That's roughly half of its U.S. workforce.
Why it matters: Walmart's app combines HR functions with retail-related communications to help employees work more efficiently.
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The phones are WiFi-enabled so employees can use them at work without cost. They can choose to use them as a personal device, but will have to pay for their own cell service.
The app, dubbed Me@Walmart, will block work-related features while an employee is off the clock.
The company promises employees' personal privacy will be safeguarded.
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