Facing the decline of the retail industry, the change in the way customers shop, and stiff competition from juggernauts like Amazon, Walmart has been taking strides over the past few years to best equip itself to stay in the game. Rather than focusing on store expansion, Walmart has heavily invested in providing better training for employees. Walmart launched its training program, Walmart Academy, with the goals of improving customer service, “infusing consistency across its massive retail landscape,” “building a stronger pipeline of talent in stores,” and creating clearer career paths. By the end of this year, 25,000 employees will have attended a Walmart Academy. Walmart is also continuing its 90-day onboarding program called “Pathways”: once new hires complete their training, they receive a small increase in their starting pay as motivation. Executives at the company will be monitoring how Walmart Academy impacts employee motivation and retention as academies grow from 100 to 200 this year, with the aim of reaching its goal of having 140,000 associates go through training every year.