Major Retailers - Walmart, Amazon - Looking to Hire Up to 500,000 Workers

Marco Green
March 26, 2020

Walmart also plans to provide a special cash bonus for hourly associates for their hard work and dedication to serving customers. And the companies that are hiring are specifically targeting them.

Walmart joined Kroger in awarding bonuses, which total almost $550 million for hourly associates, according to a press release.

With heightened demand for household items and thousands of people without jobs amid coronavirus-related business closures, discount retailers like Walmart and Dollar General are hiring as well as Amazon and Target, which is ramping up Shipt hiring. The company also is adding a time for seniors to shop.

"We are hiring in all [subsidiaries] across the 34 states (DC) we operate", the spokesperson said via email, declining to provide further details. These roles will be temporary at first, but many will convert to permanent roles over time. Papa John's said it plans to hire 20,00 new employees. This compensation covers over 90,000 frontline employees.

"We couldn't be prouder of our PepsiCo team for the role they play in restocking pantries and refrigerators", he said.

The convenience store chain expects to hire 20,000 new employees. CVS and Dollar General want to bring on 50,000 workers while Dollar General, Albertsons, Dollar Tree, Papa John's, 7-Eleven, Kroger and Domino's Pizza have plans to bring on 10,000 or more. 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. In addition to Inland Empire stores, the company confirmed all if its IE fulfillment and distribution centers are hiring. "Our corporate and franchise stores want to make sure they're not only feeding people, but also providing opportunity to those looking for work at this time, especially those in the heavily impacted restaurant industry". In this scenario, retailers, ecommerce companies and fast food chains are struggling to meet the needs of customers and are looking to hire more people to tackle this situation. That accounts for new hires at warehouses of all kinds, including retail.

More than 100 Jacksonville jobs showed up in an Amazon job search on Google.

Some of the new roles are for delivery workers to help the company meet a spike in mobile orders received through its delivery app.

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