Howard D. Schultz

Wal-Mart launches new scheduling system

Wal-Mart, the nation's largest private employer, has launched a new scheduling system in about 650 Neighborhood Market stores that gives hourly workers more certainty about their schedules.

The system was launched in late July and could be eventually rolled out to all 4,600 U.S. Wal-Mart stores, said Mark Ibbotson, Wal-Mart's executive vice president of central operations.

There are about 62,000 hourly workers at the neighborhood stores where the new system is being deployed who now have two scheduling options.

Those choosing fixed shifts are guaranteed the same weekly hours for up to six months. The remainder will stick to the current system of having three weeks...