Several of America's biggest retail companies and supermarkets are hiring tens of thousands to meet demands of a US economy that's battered by the novel coronavirus. The company is also looking for people to fill roles at its supply chain centers in addition to management and assistant management positions.
Dollar General plans to hire 50,000 new employees by the end of April. Some of the roles will support mobile orders made in 7-Eleven's 7Now app. Amazon said in a statement on Monday that there is "unprecedented demand" for its services - thus making the move to open 100,000 new positions in the company both necessary and a measure to boost the economy. Those interested can apply on Amazon's job site.
Still, these new jobs are an option for many workers who find themselves suddenly unemployed because of the coronavirus. The company said it anticipates most of its new roles will be temporary, but it also expects some of the new employees will receive "long-term career growth opportunities". Domino's is looking for delivery drivers, pizza makers, managers and customer service representatives to help meet demand.
Transportation and logistics hiring is up 7 percent in mid-March compared to mid-February, says Daniel Zhao, senior economist at the jobs and recruiting website Glassdoor.
PepsiCo Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) said it is planning to hire 6,000 full-time employees across the United States over the coming months.
Another major pizza chain is hiring.
Publix didn't go into any detail about which cities or states would see the bulk of the hiring but did confirm Jacksonville is among the cities where positions are available.
At a time when millions of Americans are losing jobs at restaurants, hotels and airlines because of the coronavirus pandemic, a few large companies are on a hiring spree. That accounts for new hires at warehouses of all kinds, including retail.
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. Publix is encouraging people who recently lost their jobs to apply. The jobs are temporary, but the company said many will become permanent.