Walmart Plans on Hiring 150,000 Workers as Demand Surges

Darnell Taylor
March 27, 2020

GE Healthcare needs additional manufacturing employees to build medical ventilators, which have been in high demand and short supply during the coronavirus pandemic. Additional buy-side heavyweights are taking care of their own, like UNFI, who is echoing the latest moves of industry leaders with full-time and part-time direct labor associates and drivers receiving a Temporary State of Emergency Bonus of $2 per hour on top of their regular wages and overtime hours for time worked through March 31, the company stated in a press release.

Target is also hiring (apply now) but says it also plans to speed up hiring for its Shipt delivery service as people opt to have good delivered instead of shopping in store. We know millions of Americans who are usually employed at this time are temporarily out of work, and at the same time we're now seeing strong demand in our stores.

Here's a list of who's hiring right now.

Walmart like grocery stores in the Garden State have been swamped during the past two weeks with customers stocking up with supplies. The company is looking for part- and full-time delivery drivers, pizza cookers, customer service representatives, managers and licensed truck drivers for its supply chain centers and stores.

Dollar General plans to hire 50,000 new employees by the end of April.

Also on a coronavirus-related hiring-spree, 7-Eleven expects to bring on 20,000 new store employees. Walmart will even let applicants apply and start work on the same day. "We're looking for people who see Walmart as a chance to earn some extra money and perform a vital service to their community". Instacart shoppers, who fill grocery orders for customers, are independent contractors who get paid per delivery.

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"We're hiring more people than we have ever before", said Yvonne Trupiano, chief human resources officer for SpartanNash Co., which operates Dan's and Econofoods grocery chains in the Midwest. To meet this demand, Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ) is hiring both full-time and part-time employees.

"We also know many people have been economically impacted as jobs in areas like hospitality, restaurants, and travel are lost or furloughed as part of this crisis", the company said in a statement on its website. "We want to reward our associates for their hard work and recognize them for the work that is in front of us".

Dollar General said it would almost double its normal hiring rate by adding up to 50,000 employees by the end of April.

The hiring push comes as the companies are managing a surge in demand for food and other household products that have taxed their stores and warehouses.

While the new roles will be temporary at first, the company says that many will "convert to permanent roles over time". This compensation covers over 90,000 frontline employees. The company is also providing "enhanced benefits" to its US-based workers and increasing its compensation for its current USA frontline employees amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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