The COVID - 19 pandemic has created many challenges among the retail industry, which has generated much uncertainty for current and new job opportunities within this market. Check out below a few updates regarding hiring, layoffs and current company updates:
As the slogon goes: “America runs on Dunkin”. Since different rules and regulations have been implemented across the country, Dunkin’ Donuts has kept 90% of their stores open. With more businesses opening, the company is currently looking to hire 250,000 employees across various locations that will provide immediate employment to team members. Dunkin’ Donuts has also announced their partnership with Southern New Hampshire University, offering online education to employees. For more information regarding Dunkin’ Donuts new positions, job opportunities can be found at their Career page.
Hiring: Save Mart
Through the demands of the pandemic, Save Mart initially hired 1,000 temporary workers with the increase of business the grocery store was receiving. Recently, the company has transitioned approximately 700 of their team members to full time positions.
Target will be increasing their minimum wage to $15.00 an hour beginning July 5th. This has been a plan for the company prior to the pandemic as for the past few years there has been a gradual increase in the hourly pay. Target had temporarily increased employees hourly pay to $15.00 until July 4th, but has now decided to make this permanent going forward. Store and distribution - center employees will also be receiving a bonus in July of $200 as a thank you for their work and dedication throughout the pandemic.
AT&T recently announced 250 stores will be closing over the next few weeks with 3,400 layoffs taking place. Through the economic effects of COVID - 19, the layoffs are associated with the change of AT&T as a company and the industry overall. With the stores having been closed, consumers turned to online shopping to make their purchases. AT&T is working to provide retail employees who have been affected by the layoffs another position within the company.
Layoffs: Bed, Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond is laying off more than 375 employees according to Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act notices filed in Florida and New Jersey. Bed Bath & Beyond announced in February that the company would cut 500 jobs, or 10% of its workforce, as part of a restructuring plan. It is unclear if the layoffs in Florida and New Jersey are included in those layoffs.
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