Walmart is giving more than 740,000 of its associates a new Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro smartphone, case and protection plan free of charge. The phone’s current retail price is $499.99.
The offer comes as the retailer is launching Me@Walmart — a new app built by Walmart Global Tech in order to help employees simplify daily tasks, better serve customers and plan for life outside of work.
“The idea of this app started as a way to manage associates’ schedules and has grown into our single in-store app for U.S. associates, saving them time and helping them be more efficient,” Drew Holler, Walmart U.S. senior vice president of people operations, and Kellie Romack, vice president or product and associate experience, said in a blog post. “We believe it’s the first of its kind in the retail industry.”
Walmart associates have previously shared handheld devices. After an initial test with the new smartphone earlier this year, Walmart said it was expanding its testing following a positive employee response and that it would continue to evaluate the new technology.