Many large companies are seeking to hire nearly half a million workers amid the coronavirus pandemic as household essentials, drugs, food, takeout and other basic are in high demand due to quarantines and lockdowns mandated around the country, reports The Wall Street Journal.
The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has infected more than 372,000 people worldwide and killed more than 16,000, per Johns Hopkins University. In the U.S., 42,400 people have been infected and 579 people have died.
At least seven states have issued stay home orders, and many companies have urged workers to either work remotely or stay home. Not in the retail industry.
Walmart, Amazon, CVS Health and Papa John’s Pizza are among several of the companies looking to bring on new employees, and quickly.
Walmart last week announced plans to hire 150,000 workers for its stores, clubs, distribution centers and warehouses, while Amazon said it planned to hire 100,000 additional warehouse and delivery workers. 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.
“These roles will be temporary at first, but many will convert to permanent roles over time,” Walmart said in an announcement. “We’ve reached out to industry groups representing restaurants and hospitality to facilitate temporary roles that can be a bridge for their employees during this difficult time.”
Walmart, Amazon and Target also plan pay raises for some, or all, employees.