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• Greg Foran, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., reportedly has sent an email to store managers outlining changes inn the stores’ greeter position, and how they should take “specific steps to support" disabled employees affected by the change.

Walmart has been hit with a lot of negative public relations since it was reported that it was turning greeters into “customer hosts” with greater physical responsibilities that could rule out a number of disabled employees who have worked as greeters. Customers have taken to social media excoriating Walmart for its new policy.

"As can sometimes happen, this change has created some conversation both externally and internally, specifically where associates with disabilities are concerned," Foran wrote, saying that the company has "extended the current 60-day transition period while we explore the circumstances and potential accommodations that will make sense for each person."


• Walmart has announced a partnership with Affirm, described as a “financial technology company that provides transparent and consumer-friendly payment alternatives to cash and traditional credit,” giving its shoppers “the option of using Affirm to pay for their purchases over time at nearly 4,000 Supercenters nationwide.”

Once approved, the companies say, “shoppers select a repayment term of 3, 6, or 12 monthly installments and are shown the exact repayment amount they’ll owe each month, with interest displayed in simple dollars rather than as a hard-to-calculate interest rate. There are no hidden or late fees, so users will never pay a dollar more than they agree to.”
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