Walmart Announces Massive Hiring Amid Coronavirus Demands

Daniel Fowler
March 26, 2020

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 jobs are in the company's fulfillment centers and delivery network.

Walmart plans to add 150,000 new staffers to warehouses and stores, promising to get some people into new jobs in a matter of hours. Some of the roles will support mobile orders made in 7-Eleven's 7Now app.

In particular, Domino's is recruiting 1,000 new employees to work at more than 100 stores in the Chicago metro area. To apply, visit amazon.com/jobsnow.

Still, these new jobs are an option for many workers who find themselves suddenly unemployed because of the coronavirus. These roles will be temporary at first, but many will convert to permanent roles over time.

As more people remain inside their homes, the demand for pizza delivery has seen a spike. Papa John's said it plans to hire 20,00 new employees.

CVS says it plans to use virtual job fairs, virtual interviews and virtual job tryouts during its hiring process. Kieran Murphy, GE Healthcare's president and CEO, said the company also needs to increase its manufacturing capacity and output of CT scan machines, "ultrasound devices, mobile X-ray systems, patient monitors and ventilators", which are critical to diagnosing and treating Covid-19 patients.

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Williams was asked about reports of some long-term care homes not enforcing social distancing between long-term care residents. In an update Tuesday morning, officials reported 85 new confirmed cases of the virus, the highest number reported in one day.

Pizza Hut is hiring more than 30,000 new employees nationwide.

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.

"You can imagine that there's an terrible lot of people who have lost their normal livelihoods and are desperate to generate some income to support their families", says Ruth Milkman, professor of sociology and labor studies at the City University of NY.

Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) is looking to hire 100,000 full-time and part-time employees for its fulfillment centers and delivery services.

"Now more than ever, restaurants have an important role in feeding families and those looking for safe, fast, and reliable food from brands they can trust", the company said in a statement.

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