Morrisons is creating an extra 3,500 jobs to expand its home delivery service as part of a slew of new measures introduced during the coronavirus outbreak.
The measures for colleagues, communities and vulnerable people follow only a week after the retailer introduced immediate payments for its smaller suppliers.
The new measures include a colleague hardship fund, supporting colleagues in financial distress as a direct result of the outbreak. The Bradford-headquartered retailer aims to support and assist colleagues who are sick with Covid-19 or who are affected in some way by the virus.
It will also implement measures to help protect colleagues, such as issuing hand sanities to checkouts at all stores, redeploying colleagues who are vulnerable to the virus, where possible, and asking customers to pay by card or smartphone to reduce cash handling.
Crucially, the retailer is expanding its home delivery service with new ways of delivering groceries and proving more slots for customers. This includes the launch of a new range of food parcels, launching a customer call centre for orders.
To support this major role out, the retailer is recruiting some 3,500 pickers and drivers with a further 1,000 sought to work in it distribution centres.
“We expect the days, weeks and months ahead to be very testing and we are determined to do our bit,” said Morrisons CEO David Potts.
“These measures will support our very hard-working colleagues, enable us to provide more food to more people in their homes and create opportunities for people whose jobs are affected by the coronavirus.”