The Kroger family of companies received a substantial increase in applications following the company’s hybrid hiring event earlier this month.
The world’s largest supermarket chain, which operates dozens of retail brands, announced that its June 10 hiring event resulted in “a 37% increase in the flow of candidates,” according to the results of the first Kroger’s quarter.
Kroger’s hiring event was the first of its kind for the company and involved virtual and in-store interviews that took place nationwide.
KROGER HIRES 10,000 WORKERS AT THE START OF THE EMPLOYMENT EVENT
In a press release for the one-day event, the company initially said it was looking to expand its retail team with 10,000 store associates, who would work in e-commerce, drugstore, drugstore, and retail operations. manufacturing and logistics.
A spokesperson for Kroger told FOX Business that more than 5,000 people have been offered positions with the company as a result of the event. Kroger is also reaching out to other candidates for other positions, as the company’s goal is to hire 10,000 new workers.
KROGER SEES SIGNS THAT INFLATION IS STARTING TO RESUME
In addition to being on track to meet its hiring goal, Kroger’s first quarter results indicate the company is on track to increase its average hourly wage to $ 16 an hour, which follows of an investment of 350 million dollars that the company made in 2021.
The quarterly release also claims the channel will push further wage increases by the end of the year.
“On track to raise the average hourly wage for the Kroger family of companies to $ 16 an hour and with full benefits will approach $ 21 by the end of 2021,” the results show.
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Kroger’s nationwide recruiting efforts come at a time when retailers and restaurants are struggling to find workers despite the decline of the coronavirus pandemic.
When COVID-19 first hit, Kroger and many other companies offered hourly bonuses to frontline workers who performed essential tasks. However, in a matter of months, these essential workers saw their additional wages drop, something against which several grocery unions have notably fought.
Kroger operates several supermarket chains in 35 states, including Ralphs, Mariano’s, Fry’s, Smith’s, King Soopers and Harris Teeter, with nearly 2,800 stores and 465,000 employees.
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The United Food and Commerce Workers released a statement last month criticizing large grocery chains and big box stores for updating coronavirus face mask policies to follow updated guidelines. CDC day. The health agency said fully immunized Americans no longer had to wear masks or social distancing in most public places, as long as it didn’t conflict with federal mandates.
With only 146 million Americans fully vaccinated for COVID-19 so far, critics fear that the optional wearing of masks and social distancing could further the spread of the respiratory virus. However, current data from the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard shows that the number of daily cases is declining.
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At the same time, American consumers appear to be going to stores more than they did last year and this is creating problems for retailers trying to meet growing demand, reports the Associated Press.