Coronavirus Sparks Hiring Spree for almost 500,000 Jobs at Big Retailers

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And that means a new hiring push at supermarkets such as Kroger and Albertsons, pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens, convenience and discount stores like Dollar General and 7-Eleven, and retail giants like Amazon and Walmart. Some of the roles will support mobile orders made in 7-Eleven's 7Now app. The company is looking for cashiers and stockers at its retail stores, and fillers and equipment operators at its distribution centers. To apply, vist 7-Eleven's career's page.

The company plans to hire 100,000 people nationwide for full-time and part-time roles in Amazon's delivery network and at its fulfillment centers. For more information, visit jobs.cvshealth.com. Last week, the e-commerce giant said it planned to hire an additional 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in the USA and raise pay for all employees in fulfillment centers, transportation, stores and deliveries in the US and Canada by $2 an hour through April.

The new positions are temporary, but Walmart said, "Many will convert to permanent roles over time".

"We are proud to serve as one of America's essential retailers, and we believe our customers are relying on us now more than ever to provide an affordable, convenient retail option", Dollar General senior vice president and chief people officer Kathy Reardon said.

Instacart is looking to hire hundreds of thousands of workers to meet surging demand for grocery deliveries as millions of people are urged to stay home.

Making 150,000 new positions available to the public, Walmart's additional hiring is a part of its plan to stimulate the economy during the impact of Covid-19.

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CVS says it plans to use virtual job fairs, virtual interviews and virtual job tryouts during its hiring process. The company said it is looking to hire around 1,000 employees across more than 100 stores in Greater Chicago for various positions. The pizza chain, which is part of the Yum Brands Inc., is also speeding up the training process, according to MarketWatch, with the goal of getting drivers trained and on the road in five hours.

And last, but certainly not least, cult grocery icon Trader Joe's has started a bonus pool for its employees-a "special bonus pool" that will be divided equally among store employees based on their hours worked during a sales period, a memo disclosed, obtained by Business Insider.

Local Harris Teeter stores just posted a slew of new jobs online for all levels of employment.

Albertsons Companies, which owns Shaw's and Star Market, chose to partner with companies who have had to furlough, or cut the hours of their employees, in a quest to fill 30,000 new jobs, according to a news release. "We hope people who've been laid off will come work with us until they're able to go back to the jobs they had".

Walmart, Amazon, CVS Health and Papa John's Pizza are among several of the companies looking to bring on new employees, and quickly.

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