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•  From the Dallas Morning News:

"In the midst of a truck driver shortage last year, Walmart decided its own ranks of 1.6 million employees might want to learn how to drive a big rig for Walmart.

"Walmart dangled first-year truck driver salaries of up to $110,000 and a 12-week training program for its Walmart and Sam’s Club store and warehouse workers. The first class with former retail employees graduated Friday from a training center in Walmart’s Sanger distribution center in Denton County … More than 70 Walmart employees are graduating this week from seven training centers set up across the U.S."

According to the story, "there’s a truck driver shortage of nearly 78,000 drivers even though the worst of the pandemic and supply chain issues are history. Some say the industry has a high turnover rate that contributes to shortages. The driver shortages are worse in the longer-haul, for-hire truckload market and made worse by drivers who can’t pass a drug test, according to the association, which estimated that the shortage could surpass 160,000 in 2031."