Walmart has made moves recently to take over distribution and transportation operations in three different places from contract 3PL Schneider Logistics, according to various reports.
First, Walmart plans to take over operations of a large distribution center in Eastvale, CA, part of the Inland Empire region, by April 6. It had been operated for 13 years by Schneider, according to the Press Enterprise in Riverside, CA.
Walmart spokesperson Michelle Malashock told the paper the company plans to retain as many Schneider employees as possible, and even bring on more staff at the facility.
Similarly, Walmart is laying off Schneider workers at a 3.4 million-square-foot distribution center in Elwood, IL, hiring many of them back and bringing on more workers as it takes over operations by April 6, according to the Herald-News.
In the third instance, Walmart is taking over transportation services from Schneider at a distribution center in Washington Court House, OH, outside Columbus, according to the Columbus Dispatch. There, Walmart plans to hire about 75 new drivers and retain about 50 from Schneider.
Last month Walmart announced a raise in pay for its fleet of more than 8,000 drivers, with an average of $87,500 in their first year.
Walmart did not say why the operations were being taken over from Schneider. The Press-Enterprise did report that Schneider and three temp agencies that supplied workers in Eastvale were charged years ago with violating numerous wage and hour laws. The workers won a $4.7 million settlement of a federal class action lawsuit in 2013.