Retailers hiring due to coronavirus demand

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to shut down, impacting millions of workers. But some companies are looking to hire as consumer demand swells.

Amazon said it plans to hire 100,000 workers during the pandemic to assist with online deliveries across the country. The company is also temporarily raising minimum pay to $17 an hour.

CVS Health said it's hiring 50,000 workers for full-time, part-time and temporary positions. Available jobs include in-store positions, home delivery drivers and distribution workers.

Dollar General said it plans to hire up to 50,000 workers by the end of April because of a "heightened demand" for household essentials. Although most of the positions will be temporary, Dollar General said it "anticipates providing long-term career growth opportunities to some of these new employees."

Domino's Pizza is planning to hire as many as 10,000 workers, including delivery experts, pizza makers and customer service representatives. "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," Domino's CEO Richard Allison said in a statement.

Instacart says it's seeking to hire 300,000 workers across North America because of increased demand from consumers looking to avoid grocery stores. The company says it plans to bring on the "full-service shoppers" over the next three months.

In an interview with CNBC, Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen said the grocer has hired 2,000 people because of coronavirus demand and has 10,000 job openings at warehouses, plants and stores

The home improvement chain says it's hiring 30,000 workers, along with providing bonuses to current employees on the front lines. "We're spending less time thinking about the revenue and less time thinking of anything other than can we give our associates the support that they need, can we be a good corporate citizen," said Lowe's CEO Marvin Ellison.

Papa John's says it's planning to hire 20,000 workers across the country immediately in response to increased demand. "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 statement.

Pepsi said it plans to hire 6,000 new, full-time, full-benefit frontline employees across the U.S. in the coming months. "Our frontline employees – the people you see stocking your favorite bags of chips or canisters of oats, the people driving those products there and the ones originally making them in plants across the country – are the backbone of PepsiCo Foods and we appreciate their heroic efforts,"  PepsiCo Foods North America CEO Steven Williams said in a statement.

Publix said it plans to hire thousands of associates by the end of March to work at stores and distribution centers.

Walgreens is looking to fill 9,500 full-time, part-time and temporary jobs at its stores. Roles include customer service associates, pharmacy technicians and shift leads. Walgreens operates more than 9,200 stores nationwide.

Walmart says it plans to hire 150,000 new employees through the end of May. Walmart says the jobs are temporary but many would convert to permanent roles. “We know millions of Americans who are usually employed at this time are temporarily out of work, and at the same time we’re currently seeing strong demand in our stores,” Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement.


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