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.
More than 14,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, with the death toll reaching 210. Restaurants and other retailers have closed or reduced services to help curb the spread of the virus.
A Goldman Sachs analysis of anecdotal reports suggests weekly unemployment claims could hit a record 2.4 million this week as layoffs surge during the outbreak.
But a handful of companies are hoping to add more workers to keep up with demand for their services. Here’s a breakdown of some of the companies that have expanded hiring because of the crisis:
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The retail giant 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.
The pizza chain 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,” said Domino’s CEO Richard Allison in a statement.
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 beverage giant 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,” said PepsiCo Foods North America CEO Steven Williams in a statement.
The world’s largest retailer 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,” said Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon in a statement.
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