Retailers across the industry are doubling down on the resources available to keep the grocery supply chain strong and shelves well-stocked during this time of unprecedented demand. Amazon, Kroger, Costco, and more are adding thousands of employees to their ranks, implementing a mass hiring spree strategy as one solution to curb spiking grocery demand.
On the online grocery front, Amazon announced on its site it will be opening 100,000 new roles to keep up with online grocery orders. As COVID-19 continues to keep consumers indoors, the e-tail behemoth is looking to support those consumers relying on delivery services.
On the brick-and-mortar front, local grocers and retail behemoths are hiring more associates. According to CNBC, this has meant Kroger has hired upwards of 2,000 people, with 10,000 openings in total.
Costco is also bolstering its warehouses with new hires, reported news source abc10. A spokesperson for the club store assured the source that Costco's "focus is to have merchandise available for our members at low warehouse prices" and to continue to "provide a safe shopping environment" during this time.
The news source also reported Raley’s is hiring in several Northern California cities for its e-cart division. The grocer is encouraging people whose employment has been affected by COVID-19 to apply.
Another element of retailers' current strategy is adjusting store hours. This includes opening earlier to help accommodate the elderly as well as closing earlier to sanitize the stores and allow employees to get home to take care of their families. Already, Albertsons, Safeway, Loblaw, GIANT, and more have made this move.
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