The Kroger Co. is embarking on a hiring blitz.
The country’s largest supermarket chain will hold its first-ever hybrid hiring event, which will include virtual and in-store interviews, on June 10. Kroger is looking to hire 10,000 employees to support its retail, e-commerce, pharmacy, manufacturing and logistics operation.
The company noted that the hiring event is open to all, including veterans, high school and college students, retirees and people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Kroger said it made an $800 million incremental investment in employee pay and training during the last three years, which has raised its average national wage to more than $15.50 per hour. This year, Kroger plans to invest an additional $350 million more, which it expects will increase the average associate wage to $16 per hour.
"The Kroger Family of Companies is one of the largest employers in the country and our longstanding culture of opportunity has created an environment where many people, whether it be an intern, stocker, or pharmacy technician, come for a job and stay for a career," said Tim Massa, Kroger's senior VP and chief people officer. "To continue advancing our inclusive culture where associates feel valued and can feed their future, we are embracing greater collaboration, technology, and innovation to attract, identify, and develop talent to help us deliver on our business goals, focusing on uplifting and rewarding associate and customer experiences and being consistently in-stock, fresh, and friendly."