Grocers, Delivery Companies Hiring 700,000+ Workers in Response to COVID-19
In the midst of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, consumers headed to their local grocery stores in droves to stock up. When supplies ran out, they ordered goods online or eschewed groceries altogether and opted for take out.
As the country adapts to a new way of life, many grocers, retailers and delivery companies have seen a surge in demand even as countless other businesses have shuttered or slashed their workforce.
Service industry workers are now on the frontlines, ensuring the rest of the country gets their medicine, their groceries, their rush-ordered bidets and, yes, their large pepperoni pizzas with stuffed crust.
We wrangled several recruitment announcements from major employers and tallied more than 747,000 new openings available across the nation. Here’s who’s hiring.
Albertsons: 30,000 Openings
Through a partnership with 17 other service-industry employers, Albertsons is hiring 30,000 part-time workers who were laid off or furloughed from BJ’s Restaurants, Hilton, Marriott International, MGM Resorts and several other companies in the service industry.
The employer-partners will send out special applications for eligible furloughed or laid off workers, according to the announcement.
Albertsons spokesperson Teena Massingill told The Penny Hoarder the following positions are in high demand:
- Grocery associates
- Grocery delivery drivers
- Personal shopper (for grocery delivery and curbside pickup)
- Warehouse workers
- Customer service representatives (in Deer Valley, Arizona)
Additional positions, for any applicant, are available through the company’s career portal and at local Albertsons-owned stores. The grocer operates in 35 states and owns 20 brands including Acme, Lucky and Safeway markets.
Amazon: 100,000 Openings
Last week, The Penny Hoarder reported on Amazon’s plans to hire 100,000 part-time and full-time workers across the company’s distribution centers and delivery networks. The e-commerce giant also invested $350 million to temporarily increase the base pay of workers by $2 an hour in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
With the additional investment, Amazon’s company-wide minimum wage will reach $17 an hour through the end of April. New positions are available at Whole Foods stores, at Prime Now and distribution-center warehouses, in cargo centers for air shipping and through the Amazon Flex delivery app.
No resume or previous work experience is required, and applicants can start working in as soon as one week, according to Amazon’s new application portal.
The pharmacy, retail store and health-care company CVS released several steps it’s taking to invest in its workforce amid COVID-19, including bonus pay, additional sick leave and 50,000 new jobs.
The company announced it’s granting $150 to $500 bonuses to workers “on the frontlines” and rewarding hourly employees with an extra 24 hours of paid sick leave, in addition to the two weeks of paid time off for those who contract the coronavirus.
Among the 50,000 new positions are “store associates, home delivery drivers, distribution center employees and member/customer service professionals,” the press release stated. “The company will utilize a technology-enabled hiring process that includes virtual job fairs, virtual interviews and virtual job tryouts. Many roles will be filled by existing CVS Health clients who have had to furlough workers, including Hilton and Marriott.”
Applicants can visit CVS’s jobs portal for job openings, instructions for the virtual job tryout and other virtual recruiting opportunities.
Dollar Tree and Family Dollar: 25,000 Openings
Dollar Tree Inc., which also owns Family Dollar, is filling part- and full-time openings across all of its stores and distribution centers.
According to the the hiring announcement, the company is recruiting:
- Store managers
- Order fillers
- Equipment operators
- Warehouse workers
Dollar Tree Inc. operates more than 15,000 stores and 24 distribution centers in 48 states and five Canadian provinces.
Domino’s: 10,000 Openings
Global pizza delivery chain Domino’s is recruiting 10,000 workers at store-front and supply-chain locations.
Open in-store positions include:
- Delivery drivers
- Pizza makers
- Customer service reps
- Managers and assistant managers
Class A CDL driver positions are also available at supply chain centers.
“While many local, state, and federal rules are closing dine-in restaurants, the opportunity to keep feeding our neighbors through delivery and carryout means that a small sense of normalcy is still available to everyone,” said Richard Allison, Domino’s chief executive officer, in the announcement.
Domino’s has restaurants in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. Applicants can find local jobs at jobs.dominos.com.
Instacart: 300,000 Openings
Over the next three months, the grocery-delivery service Instacart plans to add 300,000 independent contractors to its workforce.
The company said it’s seen an 150% increase in orders since the outbreak of COVID-19.
“As more people look for immediate, flexible earnings opportunities during this time, we hope that Instacart can be an additional source of income.” Instacart founder Apoorva Mehta said in an announcement.
The hiring initiative comes after the company implemented changes to curb the spread of the coronavirus among its gig workers, who are considered independent contractors. Last week, Instacart rolled out the “Leave It At My Door” feature for contact-less deliveries and also said it would pay two weeks of sick leave if its gig workers are diagnosed with COVID-19.
Under normal circumstances, two people may work on grocery orders. One shops. One delivers. The announcement said the new gigs will be “full-service,” implying new workers will have to shop and deliver.
Grocery gig workers can choose their own schedule after signing up online. Orders, schedules, pay and more are channeled through a smartphone app.
Instacart is available in roughly 5,500 cities in North America.
Kroger: 10,000 Openings
Regional grocery chain Kroger confirmed to The Penny Hoarder that it plans on hiring 10,000 new associates nationwide across its retail stores, manufacturing plants and distribution centers.
“Candidates may apply via jobs.kroger.com and could be placed for employment within several days of applying. Kroger’s average hourly wage is $15 an hour. And with comprehensive benefits factored in, our average hourly rate is over $20,” a Kroger spokeswoman said.
On March 21, the company announced new sick leave policies. Workers who are told to quarantine or self-isolate or are diagnosed with COVID-19 by a medical professional have access to 14 days of paid time off.
The Kroger Co. comprises 30 brands, including Baker’s, City Market, Fred Meyer, Owen’s and other food stores. Stores are located primarily in the Midwest and the South.
Papa Johns: 20,000 Openings
National pizza chain Papa John’s is “hiring big time,” as CEO Rob Lynch said in an interview with CNBC, where he also announced contactless deliveries.
The specifics: 20,000 new corporate, distribution, restaurant and transportation jobs are available immediately.
“We are in the unique position — as a restaurant that specializes in delivery and carryout — to help our communities through this crisis,” said Marvin Boakye, Papa John’s chief people and diversity officer, in a news release.
These jobs are hot. According to the announcement, “applicants can expect to have an interview and potentially start the same day. To learn more or apply, visit https://jobs.papajohns.com or text JOBS to 47272.”
The new hiring initiative would more than double its current workforce. At the end of 2019, Papa John’s employed approximately 16,500 workers across more than 5,000 locations.
Pizza Hut: 30,000 Openings
Pizza Hut is serving up 30,000 jobs nationwide, and they’re permanent, according to a company announcement. The new positions include cooks, shift leaders, restaurant managers and virtual call center agents.
Hiring and training is fast-tracked to get new hires on the road as soon as possible.
Jobs are available at jobs.pizzahut.com. Pizza Hut operates more than 7,400 stores in all 50 states.
Publix: ‘At Least 2,000’ Openings
Southern grocer Publix is recruiting workers for its grocery stores and distribution centers in seven states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Maria Brous, Publix’s media relations director, said the company plans to hire “at least 2,000” new workers by the end of March.
“The company has never had a layoff and has a strong culture of promotion from within, community involvement and environmental sustainability,” an announcement stated. Publix “encourages submissions from people in service, manufacturing, warehousing and other industries who have recently found themselves unexpectedly without work.”
Available positions are listed at www.publix.jobs.
Walmart: 150,000 Openings
In a press release outlining bonuses for all current U.S. hourly workers, Walmart dropped the news of its massive hiring initiative.
By the end of May, the company plans to hire 150,000 new part- and full-time workers at stores, distribution hubs and fulfillment centers. A “dramatically” expedited hiring process is in place to speed up recruitment for stockers and cashiers.
“What is usually a two-week application cycle will be reduced to a 24-hour process,” the release stated.
Walmart is also one of several major employers that granted paid sick leave for all hourly workers who are isolating or recovering from COVID-19. The hiring announcement expanded on those initial changes to include leave for workers who are “uncomfortable coming to work right now and choose to stay home.”
Applications are available at careers.walmart.com. Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, operates in all 50 states.
7-Eleven: 20,000 Openings
All corporate-owned and franchised 7-Eleven locations are beefing up staff.
7‑Eleven President and Chief Executive Officer Joe DePinto said in a press release that the company is preparing for a surge in delivery orders through 7NOW, the company’s delivery app. Store workers are tasked with delivering grocery staples, beer and other convenience supplies.
Its 20,000 new positions are available at careers.7-eleven.com. Applicants can apply online or at one of the company’s 8,500 convenience stores.