As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, major companies are looking to ramp up their workforces to meet the demand for critical products such as food, household essentials and medical supplies.
Some of the nation’s largest retailers are even scrapping traditional hiring methods in order to fill open positions as the virus takes a foothold in every corner of the world. This demand for more workers in some sectors comes after early estimates suggest that at least a million workers could lose their jobs in March.
Since the outbreak, the number of jobless claims has surged as many businesses are forced to close their doors
Here are some of the companies that are hiring as the world continues to fight the spread of COVID-19:
The convenience store chain is looking to hire anyone in need of a second job or who need to pick up extra hours of work.
Albertsons is hiring to fill positions immediately. There are well over 1,000 positions listed on its career page.
Batavia, Illinois-based grocery chain Aldi’s said in a statement that they’ve hired “nearly 7,500 employees and we are continuing to hire more each day.”
The company currently has nearly 5,000 openings. While most are based in retail stores, there are a handful of openings in specialized fields such as human resources, public relations, and IT.
Amazon is seeking to fill 100,000 new full- and part-time positions across the U.S.
CVS Health is looking to immediately hire 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary roles across the country.
Dollar General plans to add up to 50,000 employees by the end of April.
“As the heightened demand for household essentials offered by Dollar General stores continues across the country amid COVID-19 concerns, the Company plans to nearly double its normal hiring rate and add up to 50,000 employees by the end of April as it continues to diligently work to support customers’ needs,” the company wrote in a statement.
Dollar Tree is looking to hire 25,000 individuals to support its stores and distribution centers nationwide.
“Whether you are home unexpectedly or are just starting your career, we have a broad range of positions to fit your needs and availability,” Betty Click, Dollar Tree’s chief human resources officer, said in a statement.
The positions include full- and part-time managers at more than 15,000 locations. There are also flexible part-time shifts for cashiers and stockers. Positions in the company’s distribution centers include order fillers, equipment operators and warehouse associates, Dollar Tree said.
Domino’s will be hiring 10,000 employees nationwide.
“Our corporate and franchise stores want to make sure they’re not only feeding people, but also providing an opportunity to those looking for work at this time, especially those in the heavily-impacted restaurant industry,” CEO Ritch Allison said in a statement.
General Electric Healthcare
The company plans to hire additional manufacturing employees to produce more medical equipment, including ventilators, in order to meet the demand created by the coronavirus pandemic.
Instacart announced Monday that it will hire an additional 300,000 full-service shoppers across the United States during the next 3 months to meet customer demand for online grocery delivery and pickup because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Today, we have more shoppers on the Instacart platform than ever before. Given the continued customer demand we expect over the coming months, we’ll be bringing on an additional 300,000 full-service shoppers to support cities nationwide,” the company said in a statement. “As more people look for immediate, flexible earnings opportunities during this time, we hope that Instacart can be an additional source of income for those looking to earn while also delivering for the communities in which they live.”
The global discount supermarket chain is hiring up to 1,000 temporary employees across its stores and distribution centers in the U.S. for a minimum of two months.
New hires without health insurance will be eligible for medical benefits covering testing and treatment related to COVID-19 at no cost, the company announced.
“Every day, our number one priority is the health and safety of our customers and our team, and that is our primary focus during this public health emergency,” Lidl US Chairman Roman Heini said. “The new positions announced today will help us better meet the unprecedented needs of our customers. We are working hard to serve them and protect the health of our employees who are playing a critical role.”
A spokesperson from Lowe’s confirmed to FOX Business that the company will be hiring 30,000 positions that will be a mix of full-time, part-time, overnight and seasonal roles for displace workers seeking short-term opportunities. The home improvement retailer is also offering special one-time bonuses of $300 for full-time workers and $150 for part-time workers.
The Kroger family of companies is looking to add 10,000 workers in stores, manufacturing plants and distribution centers nationwide, a Kroger spokesperson told FOX Business.
Candidates may apply via on the company’s website and could be placed for employment within several days of applying, the company said in an emailed statement.
Papa John’s is looking to hire up to 20,000 new restaurant team members.
PepsiCo will hire 6,000 new, full-time, full-benefit frontline employees throughout the United States in the coming months, the company announced.
“With COVID-19 reshaping the way we run our business and live our lives, it’s important that we acknowledge the people keeping us steady during turbulent times, notably the heroic work of the millions of doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals around the world,” PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta said in a statement. “At the same time, there is important work being done in other sectors, including our own, to help maintain the supply of foods and beverages.”
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