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Bloomberg reports that this year Walmart plans to hire as many as 2,000 new technology-related employees - including data scientists, software engineers, designers - “to support its efforts both in stores and online.” The new hires, who will supplement a technology group that already consists of some 7,500 people, will be spread around nine Walmart offices “from Silicon Valley to Bangalore.”

According to the story, “The hiring binge will support Walmart’s efforts to expand its online business and embed in-store technology, such as robots that scrub floors and scan shelves. It’s part of a bid to wrest market share from rivals such as Amazon … Walmart’s recruitment will expand its battle against Amazon to capture the best talent beyond technology hotbeds like Sunnyvale, California -- where both companies have offices -- and into emerging corridors like Northern Virginia, where Walmart has a small, 150-person team in Reston. Amazon recently chose nearby Arlington as one of two homes for its second headquarters.”
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