Kroger hires 20,000 associates ahead of holiday rush
Kroger is looking to fill 20,000 positions across the country in an effort to prepare for the holiday season even as widespread labor shortages continue.
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To achieve this, the nation’s largest grocery chain is hosting a hybrid hiring event on October 13 where it will attempt to fill roles in retail, e-commerce, manufacturing, supply chain, merchandising, logistics, business, pharmacy and healthcare.
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The move will help the company, which serves more than 11 million customers every day across dozens of brands, prepare for the upcoming season “where customers plan to return to bigger family reunions and celebrations.” Tim Massa, senior vice president and director of human resources at Kroger. , noted.
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However, in order to attract candidates amid a widespread labor shortage, the company said it offers a “culture of opportunity and career with a competitive focus, salary and benefits and flexible hours, “continued Massa.
The company says it is investing an additional $ 350 million in 2021 in its associates. This includes increasing the average hourly wage to over $ 16 across the country, “and when paired with benefits, total compensation is over $ 21 an hour,” Kroger said.
The company isn’t alone in its mad rush to hire massive numbers of workers ahead of what should be a busy holiday season.
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In recent weeks, big companies like Amazon, Target and Walmart have also announced hiring plans.
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As Amazon looks to hire an additional 125,000 employees nationwide, Target and Walmart are looking to increase their workforce by 100,000 and 150,000, respectively.
Kroger’s hiring event will feature virtual and in-person interviews that will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST.