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story.lead_photo.caption In this Oct. 5, 2007, file photo, an American flag flies in front of the Walmart Stores Inc. headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. (AP Photo/April L. Brown, File)

Walmart Inc.'s e-commerce warehouse workers are temporarily getting a raise of $2 an hour as they struggle to fulfill an onslaught of orders stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, the company said Monday.

Through Memorial Day, hourly workers at Walmart's distribution centers will see starting pay between $17 and $18 an hour, depending on location. Fulfillment center employees will start at between $15 and $19 an hour.

With many people staying home, online orders have surged, the Bentonville-based retailer said. Shoppers stockpiling necessities further challenge Walmart's warehouse workers.

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"Our supply chain associates have been so vital to Walmart's ability to serve customers and communities during this time," said Greg Smith, Walmart's head of supply chain. "We're growing, expanding and looking for more people who want to make a difference providing for customers."

Walmart said Friday that it plans to hire 150,000 part- and full-time workers to help meet increased demand in stores and warehouses.

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