Here’s a silver lining for people whose jobs might have been affected by the coronavirus crisis: another company has announced that it’s hiring — big time. This time it’s Instacart, and they’ve said they’re adding 300,000 ‘shoppers’ to the platform over the course of the next month.
The move comes in response to the big increase in demand for Instacart’s services.
The platform is an online service that delivers you groceries from local stores. Its ‘shoppers’ are workers who go into grocery stores, pick out items that customers have requested, and then deliver them.
In a blog post, Instacart Founder and CEO Apoorva Mehta wrote: “Today, we have more shoppers on the Instacart platform than ever before. Given the continued customer demand we expect over the coming months, we’ll be bringing on an additional 300,000 full-service shoppers to support cities nationwide. As more people look for immediate, flexible earnings opportunities during this time, we hope that Instacart can be an additional source of income for those looking to earn while also delivering for the communities in which they live.”
As reported by The Spoon, Instacart’s order volume has grown by more than 150% year-on-year in the past few weeks. The average customer basket size has also increased by 15%.
The additional 300,000 workers will effectively double the size of Instacart’s shopper workforce.
Amazon, Kroger and Walmart are among the other food service companies looking to hire more workers at the moment.
It’s currently estimated that anywhere between five and seven million service and kitchen jobs could be lost as a result of covid-19 destroying the restaurant industry - so these new jobs are welcome news.
Do you work in food service? Has your job been affected by the covid-19 crisis?