Kroger recruits 23,000 additional workers

Following summer and fall hiring campaigns, The Kroger Co. aims to add 23,000 associates across operations at a hybrid employment event this weekend.

Kroger said Wednesday that its spring hiring eventscheduled from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, will offer on-site and online interviews nationwide for open positions in all departments, including retail, e-commerce, manufacturing, supply chain. supply, merchandising, logistics, corporate, pharmacy and healthcare roles.

Latest jobs push comes after Cincinnati-based Kroger held hiring events last october add 20,000 associates and last june add 10,000 workers.

“After our successful hiring event in the fall, we look forward to opening our doors again – virtually and in person – to welcome new members to our organization,” said Tim Massa, senior vice president and director human resources at Kroger. statement. “Hosting a hybrid event allows us to reach and interact with more candidates in the way that best suits them while showing them the many new and uplifting career opportunities available at our company.”

According to Kroger, job openings include store managers, customer service managers, fulfillment center associates, e-commerce specialists, digital marketing managers, software engineers, data architects, drivers -delivery workers, warehouse workers, machine operators, category and purchasing managers, financial analysts, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, project managers and administrative assistants.

Kroger’s continued investment in expanding the online grocery service — including through its partnership with automation specialist Ocado — has been a job generator. The facilities announced or commissioned so far this year represent more than 1,800 new jobs.

Last week, the supermarket giant said it planned to hire more than 200 associates, including drivers and associates in areas such as logistics and human resources, to help support the launching Kroger Delivery in South Florida this summer. Kroger currently provides online grocery delivery to the Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville areas through a 375,000 square foot Ocado automated customer order fulfillment center (CFC) in Groveland, Florida, and facilities ” hub” in Tampa and Jacksonville. The company has announced its intention to build two small CFCs in South Florida which will join its live e-commerce operations in Central Florida.

Other upcoming Ocado facilities – including spokes in Austin and San Antonio, TX; Birmingham, Alabama; Oklahoma City; and Louisville, Ky., and a new CFC in the Cleveland area — and a CFC that opened in Forest Park, Georgia, in February will create more than 1,600 jobs.

“For our more than 450,000 associates, we strive to create a culture of opportunity and take our role as a leading employer in the United States seriously. Kroger has provided an incredible number of people with their first job, a fresh start and a lifelong career,” Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen said in a conference call last month on results for the 2021 financial year. “As we continue to operate in a challenging labor market, we are committed to attracting and retaining the right talent across the organization so that we can continue to serve our customers. We are investing more in our associates than ever before by expanding our industry-leading benefits – including continuing education and tuition reimbursement, training and development, health and wellness – as well as continued investment in wages. This allows us to navigate today’s working conditions while continuing to provide the United States with the freshest foods at affordable prices in our seamless ecosystem.

Kroger said Wednesday it has invested an additional $1.2 billion in hourly wages and associate training over the past four years, including more than $450 million in 2021. That brought the average hourly wage to $17 and the average total compensation (including benefits) at plus-less than $22 an hour, according to the company.

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