Instacart is looking to hire hundreds of thousands of
workers to meet surging demand for grocery deliveries as millions of people are
urged to stay home to limit the spread of coronavirus.
The on-demand grocery startup said Monday that it seeks to
hire 300,000 "full-service shoppers," who are treated as independent
contractors, in North America over the next three months due to increased
demand spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. That would more than double its
current workforce of full-service shoppers.
"The last few weeks have been the busiest in
Instacart's history and our teams are working around the clock to reliably and
safely serve all members of our community," said Instacart founder and CEO
Apoorva Mehta in a statement.
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