As many retailers close stores due to concerns over the coronavirus, some are hiring associates by the thousands, and speeding up the hiring process dramatically.
Grocery chain Save A Lot, for example, advertised “Apply Today, Start Tomorrow.” Walmart is implementing a new process to expedite hiring for key roles, such as cashiers and stockers, reducing what is usually a two-week application cycle to a 24-hour process.
RIS often talks about how important is to have technology that allows for retailer to be able to rapidly scale workforce management solutions, training and more. While normally this is needed for rapid expansion or holiday hiring sprees, as retailers face an unprecedented retail environment, they are also up against this well-known challenge as well.
Below are the retailers boosting their hiring efforts during this challenging time. RIS will update this list as needed.
7‑Eleven expects as many as 20,000 new store employees to be hired by 7‑Eleven, Inc. or by independent 7‑Eleven franchised business owners in the near future. 7‑Eleven also anticipates the store employee position would meet a surge in mobile orders through its 7NOW delivery app. Applicants for corporate and franchised stores may apply at careers.7‑Eleven.com or inquire at their local store.
Ace Hardware Stores
Ace Hardware and its independent retailers plan to hire more than 30,000 people collectively to further support the communities they serve when they need it most. Full-time, part-time and seasonal positions are available at Ace Hardware's Retail Support Centers (RSCs) and more than 4,300 locally owned stores across the U.S. Interested applicants can visit storejobs.acehardware.com or text AceStoreJobs to 242424 for more information.
Amazon is opening 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the U.S. in its fulfillment centers and delivery network to meet the surge in demand. In addition to the new roles, it’s boosting pay, adding an additional $2 per hour to employee salaries in the U.S., through April up from $15 or more.
CVS plans to immediately fill 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary roles across the country. Roles include store associates, home delivery drivers, distribution center employees and member/customer service professionals. 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.
Dollar Tree plans to hire 25,000 full- and part-time associates at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores and distribution centers across the U.S. The open positions include full- and part-time managers, along with flexible part-time shifts for cashiers and stockers. Positions in Dollar Tree's 24 distribution centers include order fillers, equipment operators, and warehouse associates.
“We are committed to serving our communities by providing customers with critical essentials, especially during times of uncertainty,” stated CEO Gary Philbin. “Our teams at the stores, distribution centers, and store support center have been dedicated and focused on maintaining safe and healthy environments for our associates and customers, while providing essential products at great values to the neighborhoods where we also live, work, and shop.”