Walmart to hire 150,000 more amid Covid-19

New York City. Following a strong December jobs report U.S. stocks soared on Friday. In a television interview on Friday

To get positions filled quickly, the company has expedited its hiring process, stating that candidates can apply online, get hired and begin working in a distribution or fulfillment center in as little as 24 hours.

Another unprecedented step by the retailer is the expedition of the hiring process.

PepsiCo Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) said it is planning to hire 6,000 full-time employees across the U.S. over the coming months. On Monday, Papa John's International Inc. said it is looking to add up to 20,000 staff. Domino's Pizza Inc. said last week it would hire more than 10,000.

Target is also hiring (apply now) but says it also plans to speed up hiring for its Shipt delivery service as people opt to have good delivered instead of shopping in store. Here are some of the companies looking to hire more workers. "However, this temporary adjustment is necessary to allow our store teams time to train new associates, while focusing on additional cleaning as well as stocking our fresh, affordable food and essentials", Atlanta division manager Felix Turner said.

Also on a coronavirus-related hiring-spree, 7-Eleven expects to bring on 20,000 new store employees. Additional buy-side heavyweights are taking care of their own, like UNFI, who is echoing the latest moves of industry leaders with full-time and part-time direct labor associates and drivers receiving a Temporary State of Emergency Bonus of $2 per hour on top of their regular wages and overtime hours for time worked through March 31, the company stated in a press release.

Plenty of businesses are still operating, many of which are considered "essential". "We want to make sure we're not only providing food to people, but also delivering opportunity to those who are looking for work".

"New hires are important both for their customers, and to supplement the work and give relief to their existing, longtime employees", he said. These roles will be temporary at first, but many will convert to permanent roles over time.

"We want to acknowledge the incredible hard work and dedication of our Crew Members in supporting each other and our communities by sharing the financial benefit of this sales increase with our store crew who have worked so hard during the past several weeks, and for as long as this challenge remains", the memo said.

The company has extended 14 days of sick pay to workers who feel ill, added more store discounts for workers and is considering temperature checks for staffers when they come to work, Ms. Trupiano said.

Other grocery chains hiring during the COVID-19 outbreak include Kroger, Publix, Ingles, Sprouts, Aldi and Walmart.

The new workers are needed to not just meet increased demand, but also to help the existing workers, said Hurst of the Retailers Association. The company expects to have a "surge in mobile orders" on its mobile app as government advisories continue to force people to stay at home.

Nationwide, 150,000 Walmart new hires are being sought to help get products to consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Monday's announcement.



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