- While the coronaviurs has forced some jobs to (temporarily) shut their doors, other business are still holding strong.
- Walmart, for example, has seen an unprecedented uptick and—as such—has vowed to hire 150,000 new employees.
- Here are some of the businesses currently looking for help, including Amazon, Dollar Tree, and 7-Eleven.
Walmart is hoping to provide financial relief to those affected by coronavirus-related layoffs and closures. On Friday, the mega retailer and employer announced plans to hire 150,000 new employees by the end of May.
"We know millions of Americans who are usually employed at this time are temporarily out of work," Doug McMillon, the president and CEO of Walmart, said in a press release. "We're looking for people who see Walmart as a chance to earn some extra money and perform a vital service to their community," especially since demand is up in many of the store's locations.
That said, the new positions will be temporary.
"These roles will be temporary at first," the press release read. "But many will convert to permanent roles over time."
The company also plans to expedite the application process from two weeks to 24 hours.
Walmart isn't the only company hiring. Dollar Tree has plans to hire 25,000 full- and part-time employees. 7-Eleven hopes to take on 20,000 new employees. Kroger, Meijer, and Safeway are all looking for shelf stockers and delivery staff; and last week, Amazon announced plans to hire more than 100,000 individuals.
"We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year," Amazon said in a blog post on Monday.
We believe our role serving customers and the community during this time is an important one. Here is a roundup of how we’re addressing COVID-19 and supporting those directly and indirectly impacted. https://t.co/JgdeudxkYS— Amazon (@amazon) March 16, 2020
The new roles will be in fulfillment and delivery, and existing employees will see a $2 per hour raise.
Walmart is offering a similar initiative to current staff. The company will be giving cash bonuses to all full- and part-time staff, and they are working to expedite quarterly bonuses.
Our associates are our heroes. To say thank you, we're providing nearly $550M through special bonuses and advanced quarterly bonus payouts to hourly store, club and supply chain associates. We're also hiring! We plan to add 150,000 jobs. Read more here: https://t.co/Xdw0F8TkwR pic.twitter.com/TCYyibpDDU— Walmart Inc. (@WalmartInc) March 20, 2020
“Walmart associates have gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving our customers during these unprecedented times,” McMillon said. “We want to reward our associates for their hard work and recognize them for the work that is in front of us.”
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