Krogers’ response to Covid-19

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Since the Coronavirus Pandemic has begun, some big companies have stepped up and attempted to help out their employees. One such company is Kroger, the largest grocery store chain in the United States. The generous company which I am employed by has instituted a two dollar per hour pay raise for each of their 453,000 employees nationwide. 

When asked about the raise, which is being called a Hero Bonus, Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen explained that, “Our associates have displayed the true actions of a hero, working tirelessly on the frontlines to ensure everyone has access to affordable, fresh food and essentials during this national emergency. The Hero Bonus is just one more way we continue to convey our thanks and gratitude” 

In addition to the ongoing raise, Kroger employees who were employed on March 1st or before received a $150 bonus for part-time employees and a $300 bonus for full-time employees. Unfortunately I did not receive this bonus because I started after March 1st but I am still thankful for the raise. 

Kroger has also set aside up to 5 million dollars to help employees who need help with childcare or who might be at higher risk of contracting the Coronavirus. In addition, they have instituted an Expresspay Program which allows employees to access their paycheck early. 

To combat the Coronavirus, all Kroger stores are taking certain measures to keep people safe. Glass partitions have been installed at every register to help prevent the spread of germs. All employees have been ordered to wear protective masks to keep themselves and other customers safe. One way floor decals have been installed in each aisle to help promote social distancing, and in certain stores management is limiting the number of customers allowed to shop at one time. In addition, each day one employee is required to walk around the store and wipe down pretty much every item in the store in order to promote cleanliness. I feel safer working there knowing that the company and employees are taking every step possible to keep employees and customers safe.  

Kroger is the largest grocery store chain in the United States and in 2019 saw annual revenue of 121.16 billion dollars.  In addition to their flagship Kroger locations, the store also owns 24 other grocery store chains, including Ruler Foods, Pay Less Super Markets, Ralphs, and Owen’s. The location I work at is a Ruler Foods, which is a no frills discount grocery store. In my opinion it is a great place to work and it’s made even better by the two dollar an hour raise. 

In this time of economic uncertainty, I commend Kroger for doing the right thing and showing loyalty and support to its employees. I look forward to working with them for years to come. 

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