Walmart is increasing pay for approximately 165,000 hourly employees across U.S. stores by introducing new leadership roles and “cross-training opportunities.”

The retail giant announced it was introducing a “team-based operating model” in Supercenters similar to one that has been successful at Sam’s Club over the past year and in Neighborhood Market stores this year.

“We’re investing in new roles and skills training to give us the flexibility to serve customers anytime and anywhere,” Dacona Smith, Walmart U.S. chief operating officer, said in a blog post Thursday. “In turn, associates will have more room for career and pay growth.”

Smith said the pay increases will start in October and take the place of the annual increase employees typically have to wait until February or April to receive.

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