COVID surge means staffing troubles for grocery stores

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Some US supermarkets are reducing hours and cutting services as the Omicron version of Covid-19 infects cashiers, baggers and stockers, deepening the grocery chain’s staffing challenges.

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Across the country, supermarket workers are reporting sick after contracting Covid-19 or being exposed to the virus, officials and staff said, prompting retailers to manage operations with fewer workers, while grocery stores The demand of the shopkeeper for the goods remains high. Some grocers said they were hiring new workers, using temporary employment agencies and supervising available staff to keep stores open, though some said they were under constant pressure on their employees. are concerned about.

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According to chief executive Steve Leonard Jr., seven-store supermarket chain Steve Leonard’s was getting back to normalcy before the Omicron version came to the US Northeast. In-store customer traffic was rising, curbside pickup and home-delivery orders declined, food samples returned to stores and buffets reopened, he said.

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The chain, which runs locations in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, has reached a 90% employee-vaccination rate, Leonard said. But Covid-19 cases spiked over the past month: A week before Christmas, about 30 of Steve Leonard’s 3,000 employees were in quarantine or isolation, according to the CEO. As of December 26, it was 100, and last Thursday, the company was laying off more than 200 employees for further exposure to COVID-19.

The full version of this report can be found at WSJ.com.

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