Essential businesses hiring thousands during the coronavirus pandemic

Across the nation retailers are closing their doors in order to protect their customers and employees against the spread of the coronavirus. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the Coronavirus will claim around 3 million jobs by this summer. However, “essential businesses” like grocery stores and convenience stores are looking for new employees to help with the large demands brought on by the virus. Kroger, Walmart, CVS and Dominos have expedited their hiring process in order to ensure that they can provide the necessary services for their customers during the pandemic.

Walmart announced that they will be adding 150,000 new temporary employees by the end of May. Their previous two-week application process is now a 24-hour cycle in order to hire new staff as quickly as possible. In addition to adding new staff, Walmart plans to provide its current employees with a cash bonus. Full-time hourly employees will receive $300 and their part-time employees will receive $150.

“Our supply chain associates have been so vital to Walmart’s ability to serve customers and communities during this time, and I am so proud of every one of them,” said Greg Smith, Walmart’s head of supply chain.

Kroger announced that they have already provided more than 23,500 new jobs nationwide since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grocery store also plans to add an additional 20,000 workers within the next few weeks. They also have changed their hiring process from two-weeks, to making new hires in an average of 72 hours. Kroger is working with companies that the pandemic has had the greatest impact on like restaurants, hotels and food service distributors to hire their employers that had to be laid off.  

“Kroger’s top priority continues to be uplifting our associates and serving our communities, whether that’s by ensuring customers always can find food and products on our shelves or by providing a nearly immediate job opportunity to help an unemployed person to begin working again,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s senior vice president and chief people officer.

Kroger and Walmart are stressing the safety of their new employees and the precautions they are taking to ensure the sanitization of the work environment.