March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Drives Grocers to Hire to Meet Demand

As social distancing policies take hold across the country, encouraging citizens to stay home and temporarily closing an assortment of businesses due to COVID-19 concerns, the demand for food and supplies has never been higher. Grocers and online retailers across the country have begun hiring in earnest for a variety of positions to help meet consumer stockpiling demands, restocking inventory, filling online orders and sanitizing store surfaces.

Media reports indicate in Washington state, stores like Albertsons and Safeway are hiring for about 2,000 part-time, full-time and temporary positions. Safeway is also hiring delivery drivers.

“We are opening 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the US in our fulfillment centers and delivery network to meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time, particularly those most vulnerable to being out in public,” said Amazon this week on its company blog.

H-E-B is hiring in Texas, and Kroger is hiring more than 6,000 people across its banners including Ralph’s, Dillons and Fred Meyer.

Similarly, Costco and Walmart are also seeking extra help.

Grocers have collectively reassured Americans the country’s supply chain is still healthy though panic-buying has temporarily led to barren shelves.

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