Covid-19: Morrisons and Amazon to hire thousands to combat fulfilment crisis

Morrisons and Amazon are two retailers which have announced recruitment drives in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shoppers across the world have been struggling to buy items including anti-bacterial hand gel, soap, toilet rolls and store cupboard goods including pasta and rice, as customers flocked to stores in recent weeks.

In the UK, grocers are struggling to keep products on the shelves, while shoppers are facing weeks for available online delivery slots.

In response to this, Morrisons has revealed it will hire 2,500 pickers and drivers to expand its home delivery operations, as well as a further 1,000 people to work in distribution centres.

The grocer has said it will look to make more delivery slots available to customers via Morrisons.com and Amazon Prime Now, as it uses 100 more stores to pick online orders in the coming weeks.

“We expect the days, weeks and months ahead to be very testing and we are determined to do our bit,” said Morrisons boss David Potts.

“These measures will support our very hard-working colleagues, enable us to provide more food to more people in their homes and create opportunities for people whose jobs are affected by the coronavirus.”

Morrisons has also pledge to launch a range of “simple-to-order” food parcels from next week, as well as announcing measures to protect staff including redeploying vulnerable employees and creating a colleague hardship fund.

Meanwhile, Amazon has announced it is recruiting 100,000 full and part-time positions in the US across its fulfilment centres and delivery network to meet the surge in demand. It will also increase its hourly wage by $2, and £2 in the UK, for working through the month of April, which it expects to be an incredibly busy period.

The GMB Union has been reporting that the tech giant has been enforcing “compulsory overtime” in the UK to cope with the peak in demand.