Major chain stores hiring extra workers

Albertsons Grocery Store (Thinkstock) Albertsons Grocery Store (Thinkstock) Jeffrey Meehan / Pahrump Valley Times
Lines at Albertsons in Pahrump on Friday March 13th. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal
Walmart and other major retailers are increasing their workforce levels. As Americans prepare for the economic impact of COVID-19-related closings and the resulting loss of revenue, major store chains in the essential grocery and pharmacy categories offered some good news this week. Walmart, Albertsons, CVS, Walgreen’s and Family Dollar / Dollar Tree announced that they would hire nearly 265,000 combined workers across the country to offset the demands placed on them during the crisis (Kroger’s / Smith’s did not make any specific hiring announcements). In addition, employees who are already serving these companies during the pandemic are expected to receive one-time bonuses of between $ 150 and $ 500 each from their employers.
“Supermarket workers are on the front line, ensuring that Americans have access to the food and products they need during this unprecedented pandemic,” said Rodney McMullen, president and CEO of Kroger in a statement prepared on Saturday. “Our associates are working 24 hours to keep our stores open for our customers … The true heroes in this story are our associates.”
On March 19, Walmart announced that it is “hiring 150,000 new associates through the end of May to work in stores, clubs, distribution centers, and distribution centers. These roles will be temporary at first, but many will become permanent roles with the weather “. They have also reached out to companies in the hotel industry to provide a “bridge” of temporary employment for laid-off workers.
It is unclear how many of those jobs will be available in Pahrump, possibly just a handful per store, as much of the need for labor occurs in the distribution chain and at points of sale. Few actual jobs in Pahrump are listed on the hiring portals of the individual company’s website, but job seekers are encouraged to apply online, even if a specific job doesn’t seem to be available yet, according to a source not. official.
Albertsons announced Monday that it will hire 30,000 new workers across the country, it will also work in partnership with other nonessential companies to hire employees who are temporarily laid off from their jobs, and award bonuses to current employees. Although only a couple of positions on the company’s online recruitment portal appear to be located in Pahrump as of Tuesday, “there are additional job openings at Albertsons in Pahrump in addition to what is posted on the website,” said the Albertsons Southwest regional spokesperson Nancy Keane. . “We have only started the massive hiring effort.”
Keane said she could not speak to whether temporary hires at her store could turn into permanent employment or how many jobs would be available in a particular location, such as Pahrump. These issues would be decided “store by store,” he said.
All corporate store chains in Pahrump accept online applications. Most only hire through their online portals to meet social distancing, and many forego the usual delays in the hiring process.
“Walmart is also implementing a new process to dramatically accelerate the hiring of key functions, such as ATMs and warehousekeepers,” according to the March 19 corporate statement. “What is generally a two-week application cycle will be reduced to a 24-hour process … This initiative aims to help Americans work.”
CVS said in a statement prepared Monday that it would hire 50,000 more workers across the country, “embarking on the most ambitious hiring campaign in the company’s history … Roles include store associates, home delivery drivers, distribution center employees and customer / member service professionals. ”
To recruit within social distancing guidelines, “the company will use a technology-enabled hiring process that includes virtual job fairs, virtual interviews, and virtual job tests.” CVS is also partnering with other corporations to hire laid-off workers from other nonessential businesses, and is giving bonuses to employees of between $ 150 and $ 500, according to the statement.
Kroger, the parent company of Smith’s Grocery store, did not make an announcement of
recruitment. However, according to a corporate tweet on Sunday, only one distribution center in the southern US USA It had “increased shipments by 50%, deploying more than 30,000 boxes of food every hour in more than 150 stores.” Smith’s is also giving bonuses to its employees.
Dollar Tree / Family Dollar Stores announced on Friday that it will hire 25,000 new workers nationwide. “Open positions include full-time and part-time managers at the company’s more than 15,000 stores, along with flexible part-time shifts for cashiers and storekeepers,” said Gary Philbin, CEO, in a prepared statement. As of Tuesday, five local Pahrump the positions were available on the corporation’s recruitment portal.
Walgreen announced Sunday that it hopes to hire 9,500 or more new workers across the country, as well as pay bonuses of $ 150 to $ 300 to its employees. The company is also “introducing Sanvello, a new free mobile app for all team members [that] … provides peer support and clinically validated coping tools to reduce stress and anxiety,” according to its statement.
Many companies are also announcing revisions and expansions in their absence / emergency policies to allow for new concerns facing employees, such as unexpected and prolonged child care due to school closings and COVID-19 illnesses or symptoms.
Anyone looking for work can visit online recruitment portals for individual stores or their parent companies. Corporations with stores that may be hiring in Pahrump are listed below:
Albertsons: albertsonscompanies.com/careers
CVS: jobs.cvshealth.ccom
Dollar Tree: DollarTree.com/careers
Family Dollar Stores: FamilyDollar.com/careers
Smith’s: jobs.kroger.com
Walgreen: jobs.walgreens.com

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