June 5, 2019
Last year, we changed our dress code to allow store associates to wear clothes they feel more comfortable in like jeans and sneakers. The response has been amazing, and associates all over the country are bringing their personal styles to work every day.
But one thing remained the same: the signature blue or green vest with a yellow Walmart spark. Associates love the new dress code, but they’ve been saying for a while now that the vests need a makeover.
So, we’re giving that old vest a new look.
Our new vests have a modernized style that takes advantage of trim detail and screen printing to introduce color in an eye-catching way.
Most vests are made of a neutral steel gray that blends with a wider variety of colors. Self-checkout hosts in Supercenters will receive an upgraded yellow vest with gray trim as well.
The trim and spark on the back will have a pop of color that’s very visible in a busy store.
Because the trim carries over to the front of the vest, customers will be able to identify associates from any angle.
Spark screen printing on the side adds some more color and makes the vest even more recognizable.
But that’s not all. The vests have a few more upgrades to make them more useful and sustainable. For example, the fabric of each vest is made from recycled bottles.
And, the pockets are bigger, so associates can carry all the equipment they need to do their jobs on the sales floor.
The rollout will start this year with each Supercenter and Neighborhood market associate receiving one of the updated vests. Supercenter associates will receive a steel gray vest with blue trim.
Neighborhood Market associates will get vests with green trim.
Bringing your true self to work means bringing your own style, so later this year, there will be lots of options for associates to customize their looks.
All store associates will receive an upgraded vest for free later this year. When the customization options become available, associates will be able to purchase them online for a reasonable cost: no more than $11 per vest.
Uniforms are important, but looking exactly like everyone else isn’t. We all want to be able to express who we are, and the new Walmart vest will allow associates to do just that.