The most visible sign of the coronavirus crisis might be the empty shelves in many American grocery stores. The “panic buying” that began in February has resulted in rationing of disinfectants, personal care products such as hand sanitizer and toilet paper, and nonperishable food items like rice and canned soup. The need to keep shelves filled during the COVID-19 pandemic means that experienced grocery selectors are required to keep products moving to supermarkets, big box stores, and other grocery outlets.
A number of grocery stores and distributors have seen an uptick in hiring; in early May, Cincinnati-based Kroger announced that they had hired over 100,000 workers in eight weeks, with positions open for still more workers. Both traditional supermarkets and web-based delivery services (e.g., Amazon, Instacart) are taking on workers to meet the demand of consumers. To meet the needs of their clients, distribution centers are also putting out the call for both wet and dry selectors for their grocery warehouses. There does not seem to be an endpoint for this demand for workers.
STS of NYS is currently supporting grocery distributers with their staffing needs. With our experience in staffing and working through emergency situation, we are uniquely positioned to handle your staffing needs. Please contact us for a free consultation on how we may help your business through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
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Michael Jennings, VP Operations STS of NYS.