Three years ago, the retailer moved them further back in an effort to have them help with other tasks, such as directing shoppers to open registers or tidying shelves, according to the newspaper.
But now the company is attempting a different tactic. The reason? To check for possible theft among shoppers and reduce the amount of money lost on stolen items each year.
The company is also raising wages for some employees in order to incentivize them to be more helpful, the paper said, calling it “a sign that labor cuts in recent years likely went too far.”
The test is taking place at a few hundred stores in the U.S.
The greeter role at Walmart was created in 1980. According to the Journal:
Walmart’s new CEO Doug McMillon was recently profiled by Fortune for the Fortune 500 issue.