Walmart Canada is hiring 10,000 people to meet increased demand
While many Canadians continue to struggle with unemployment amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Walmart Canada is one of the few companies actually looking to hire new employees.
The company sent out a letter from president and CEO Horacio Barbeito today informing Canadians that they're looking to hire 10,000 new workers in order to meet increased demand during these unprecedented times.
Email update from Walmart Canada. They are looking to hire 10,000 in Canada. pic.twitter.com/6AvlTeMZSh— Amanda (@Caseykins421) March 20, 2020
"Walmart Canada is hiring," he wrote. "We want to immediately hire 10,000 more Associates in our stores and distribution centres. There's a lot of work and we need you!"
The letter also ensures Canadians that Walmart will remain open throughout the pandemic, as they sell essential goods such as food and medicine.
It also indicates that the company is dedicating specific hours to seniors, the disabled and those with vulnerable health conditions — as many other grocery stores have also decided to do.
The letter notes Walmart is doing its best to keep shelves stocked despite the high demand, and that some stores are limiting quantities per customer to ensure there are enough products for everyone.
Finally @WalmartCanada 👏🏻 I don’t eat meat but this is good!! pic.twitter.com/5ryUzWq3wq— Leah Holiove (@Leah_Holiove) March 20, 2020
The company has also made changes to its delivery service, and now allows grocery home deliveries to be left at the door in order to help residents self-isolate.
As can be expected, Barbeito said the demand for pick up and delivery is extremely high.
And in addition to making changes to accommodate customers amid growing demand, Walmart Canada is also making several charitable contributions to help those in need.
The company announced that it will be immediately donating $1 million to charities in need, including $500,000 to Food Banks Canada and $500,000 to the Canadian Red Cross.
The Walmart Foundation has also committed to investing $1 million "for meeting immediate needs in Canada in the coming days."
And for Walmart employees, Barbeito says in addition to the already announced measures to help store associates, they'll be offering access to live online physician care for all 90,000+ employees and accelerating their store associate annual bonus payments.
"I've been overwhelmed with the stories I'm hearing across the country. About Joel, an Associate in our Calgary distribution centre, who processed 3,200 cases in one shift – a massive amount! – to ensure that our products got to customers like you. About Associates who’ve worked entire shifts then volunteered to deliver supplies to local food banks. And Associates who are helping deliver food to seniors stuck in their homes,"Barbeito said.
"That's just our Walmart Canada team – so many people are making huge efforts to respond to this crisis."
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