Walmart Transfer Policy [Employee Transfer Process Guide]

How does the transfer process in Walmart work? How do you make the request? Here's a short guide with all the answers you need.

Walmart is a huge company. In fact, in 2019, it was the biggest employer in the United States. And with tons of stores and even more employees, it’s common for employees to want to transfer to another store here and there.

So, how does the transfer process work at Walmart?

The Walmart transfer process starts with sending a formal transfer request to your store manager. In the request, you need to state the store where you wish to transfer, why you want to transfer, along with a personal statement. From there, the manager will process your request, which can take anywhere between 2-6 months.

In this guide, we get into everything you need to know about Walmart employee transfers, how to do it, and what to expect when sending a transfer request.

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How To Request A Walmart Transfer

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Here’s how to request a transfer at Walmart:

  • Write a formal transfer request to your store manager
  • State where you want to transfer, reasons why, and a personal statement
  • Submit it to the store manager
  • Wait for your request to be processed

This is about all there is to the transfer process, which isn’t too complicated. However, keep in mind that processing a transfer request takes some time, and can vary from situation to situation.

So, how long does it take to process transfer requests?

Some employees say that their transfer request was processed and completed within two months, but there are reports of others waiting as long as six months for their request to be processed.

So, when sending in a request, expect some waiting time before it’s fully processed.

How Long Do You Need To Work At Walmart To Transfer?

To be eligible for a transfer request, employees have to have worked at that location for at least 6 months.

In most cases, employees who have not been there for at least 6 months won’t be allowed to submit requests. However, there are some special cases where this is allowed.

How To Write A Transfer Request

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A transfer request to your store manager is a formal letter.

So, how do you write the letter?

You need to format the letter properly and use the proper language when writing your transfer request letter.

In the transfer request, you have to state the store you want to transfer to, the reasons for your transfer, along with other personal statements to explain the situation.

The letter has to be titled to your store manager and written as a formal request.

While you need to state the reason for the transfer, it’s best to stay away from talking about personal issues and relationships, as this can make the letter seem unprofessional.

Can I Request A Hardship Transfer At Walmart?

In certain cases, you can request a hardship transfer at Walmart.

When requesting a hardship transfer, you don’t have to work at Walmart for at least 6 months and you can send in this request at any time. However, hardship transfers at Walmart are only for unique employee situations.

When do hardship transfers apply?

Walmart accepts hardship transfers for medical emergencies, relocation, or unique family obligations.

Hardship transfers are different from a normal Walmart employee transfer and can be processed within 3-4 weeks.


If you’re looking to transfer to a different Walmart location, you can send a transfer request titled to your store manager.

To do this, you need to have worked at Walmart for at least six months and write a formal request letter. There are many tips and templates on the internet to help you write a concise and professional request letter.

In your letter, you need to put in why you want a transfer, where you want to transfer, along with a personal statement.

For unique situations, Walmart also processes hardship transfers which can take up to 3-4 weeks to complete. Hardship transfers at Walmart only apply to unique family situations, medical emergencies, and relocations.

For regular transfer requests, you can expect to wait between 2-6 months to be fully processed. Remember to keep things concise in your request and keep things as professional as possible to increase your chances of getting the request approved.

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Arthur Beringer

Arthur graduated in 2002 with a Master's in Business Administration from LSU Alexandria. After working in the retail industry for almost 20 years, he decided to quit and write full-time to help readers who are searching online for consumer-related answers.