As grocers grapple with labor shortages, H-E-B President Craig Boyan outlined what he sees as top hiring concerns for grocers during a virtual session on Monday at the Food Industry Association’s Midsummer Strategic Executive Exchange.
Boyan said businesses across Texas are all trying to hire at the same time as the state lifts pandemic restrictions. Stimulus payments and childcare limitations are also deterring people from seeking jobs, he said. “Everybody's facing their own version of labor challenges and it’s across the board, but from my perspective, it’s driven by a combination of things,” he noted.
While Boyan said he expects the “labor crush” to ease in the fall after a “tough summer,” he urged companies to reframe their focus on labor as an asset, rather than as a cost.
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