Amazon, Publix, Walmart Hiring Thousands In Florida Amid Coronavirus Shopping Surge

Walmart the world's largest retailer which employs 1.5 million people in the US has struggled to keep store shelves stocked and fulfil online orders amid virus-fuelled panic buying

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Several of America's biggest retail companies and supermarkets are hiring tens of thousands to meet demands of a USA economy that's battered by the novel coronavirus. In addition to Inland Empire stores, the company confirmed all if its IE fulfillment and distribution centers are hiring.

Walmart also plans to provide a special cash bonus for hourly associates for their hard work and dedication to serving customers.

Some of the new roles are for delivery workers to help the company meet a spike in mobile orders received through its delivery app. The jobs will be temporary but many will convert to permanent roles.

In particular, Domino's is recruiting 1,000 new employees to work at more than 100 stores in the Chicago metro area. Those interested can apply on Amazon's job site.

A Google search indicated there were there were more than 50 jobs open in Jacksonville at the time of this story's publication.

Many retailers are shut down, but consumers continue to flock to pharmacies, grocery stores and take-out restaurants. Apply online or text "jobs" to 240240.

PepsiCo Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) said it is planning to hire 6,000 full-time employees across the USA over the coming months.

CVS says it plans to use virtual job fairs, virtual interviews and virtual job tryouts during its hiring process.

Publix didn't go into any detail about which cities or states would see the bulk of the hiring but did confirm Jacksonville is among the cities where positions are available. The company is also implementing a new process to expedite hiring for key roles, such as cashiers and stockers.

Pizza Hut is recruiting more than 30,000 employees across the nation and says its new drivers can start working in as little as five hours upon hiring. The jobs would be in its stores and distribution centers.

"You can imagine that there's an bad lot of people who have lost their normal livelihoods and are desperate to generate some income to support their families", says Ruth Milkman, professor of sociology and labor studies at the City University of NY.

Walmart, Amazon, CVS Health and Papa John's Pizza are among several of the companies looking to bring on new employees, and quickly.

More than 100 Jacksonville jobs showed up in an Amazon job search on Google.

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