ASA and RILA partner to address critical need for retail workers

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ASA and RILA partner to address critical need for retail workers

By Marianne Wilson - 03/25/2020
Walmart pharmacist
Walmart pharmacist

The American Staffing Association and the Retail Industry Leaders Association are teaming up to address the immediate need to fill openings for workers at essential businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies that provide critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ASA is now providing an online, searchable directory to connect RILA member retailers to ASA member staffing agencies that can fill high-demand roles including  warehouse workers; store clerks for unloading, stocking, cleaning, and sanitizing; cashiers and greeters; forklift selectors and pickers; and delivery drivers. The directory is also available on the RILA COVID-19 resources for retailers website.

“Finding talent to address unprecedented demand for essential goods during this time of crisis is a top priority for select retailers,” said Brian Dodge, RILA president. “Staffing agencies are perfectly positioned to deploy temporary workers that have been displaced due to COVID-19 — especially the millions of retail workers that have been furloughed because governments have rightfully ordered their employers to close to try to stop the spread of the virus. RILA’s partnership with ASA will help retailers connect with staffing agencies so individuals who need jobs can find work in an industry that is unexpectedly seeing a surge in demand for essential goods.”

“The U.S. staffing and recruiting industry is ready to source and deploy talent wherever and whenever it is needed most during the COVID-19 pandemic,” added Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “ASA is proud to work together with RILA as part of the staffing industry’s commitment to ensuring that America has access to a skilled flexible workforce to support the uninterrupted flow of essential goods and services during this unprecedented time of challenge to our nation and our world.”