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Hiring sprees amid coronavirus pandemic

Friday, March 27, 2020


While many businesses are closing their doors, helping prevent the spread of the now-infamous COVID-19, many large “essential” businesses are actually thriving during this time of crisis. Grocery stores and pharmacies especially are hiring large numbers of people during the coronavirus pandemic to keep up with demand.

As worried people dash to the store to secure paper products, water and whatever else they can get their hands on, stores like Walmart, Kroger, Walgreens and Dollar General are selling out. Many household items are completely out of stock even on Amazon due to increased demand. Amazon stated in a recent blog post that there is a “dramatic increase in the rate that people are shopping online.” This has caused their well-known speedy shipping times to slow even for their Prime customers.

CVS and Dollar General announced on March 23, 2020, they would both be hiring 50,000 temporary workers to combat the increased demand for their products. Dollar General plans to have those 50,000 hired before the end of April. This would be “nearly double its normal hiring rate,” according to the chain. Walmart also recently announced they will be hiring 150,000 new temporary employees, along with 100,000 temps for Amazon. This could serve as a temporary option for those who have already lost their job due to COVID-19. “We invite individuals looking to start or grow a career, as well as for those whose job may be temporarily impacted by COVID-19, to apply for opportunities to help further our mission of Serving Others,” said Kathy Reardon, Dollar General’s senior vice president and chief people officer.

Along with new hires, Walmart is looking to join Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Target and CVS in offering bonuses to their current workers for their hard work and the hazard that now comes with working at an “essential” business.