The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:00 am

More stores offering jobs to help meet high demand

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Add CVS and Dollar General to the retailers ramping up employment amid frenzied shopping due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Those two retail chains, which have multiple Fort Wayne-area locations, said Monday they will each add 50,000 jobs.

And Walmart, which announced this month it would add 150,000 jobs nationwide, said Monday it immediately needs to hire for its distribution centers in Garrett, Greenfield and Plainfield. Garrett is north of Fort Wayne. New employees there would be among 2,000 Walmart says it needs to hire in Indiana.

The hiring surge is also including some delivery services, such as Papa John's. The pizza maker announced Monday it will hire up to 20,000 people to help keep up with carryout orders.

Through Memorial Day, Walmart workers will be entitled to a $2 an hour pay increase for all hourly associates in its e-commerce fulfillment centers. In addition, fulfillment center employees can earn a $250 referral bonus for new hires. The new employees will also receive a $250 referral bonus.

Dollar General's plan to add 50,000 by the end of April would double its normal hiring, a news release said. The retailer has more than 16,300 stores in 45 states, and approximately 75% of the American population is within 5 miles of a Dollar General, it said. Other Dollar General operations include 17 traditional distribution centers.

Customers are relying on Dollar General “now more than ever to provide an affordable, convenient retail option,” said Kathy Reardon, a Dollar General senior vice president. In Monday's statement about hiring plans, Reardon noted that the current environment represents “unprecedented times.”

CVS said it will give bonuses ranging from $150 to $500 to employees who are required to be at CVS facilities to help patients and customers during the coronavirus outbreak.

“Our colleagues have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to providing essential goods and services at a time when they're needed most,” CVS President and CEO Larry J. Merlo said in a statement. “As they continue to be there for the individuals and families we serve, we're taking extra steps to provide some peace of mind and help them navigate these uncertain times.”

CVS called its plan “the most ambitious hiring drive in the company's history,” as it works to add full-time, part-time and temporary help.

Jobs include store associates, home delivery drivers, distribution center employees and member/customer service professionals.

The company will use 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.

Walmart is using its website to help get jobs filled.

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