The San Francisco-based startup said Thursday that it had quickly surpassed last month’s goal to add 300,000 workers, an aggressive target that even
For the next recruitment spree, Instacart will focus on six areas with the highest demand: California, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Toronto and Washington, D.C. The company aims to bring back its offering of same-day or even one-hour delivery. Currently, deliveries can take a week or two, a time frame that has frustrated customers and bedeviled the company since the coronavirus pandemic hit.
The rapid expansion has brought many challenges. Some Instacart workers have staged walkouts or spoken out saying the company hasn’t done enough to minimize their risk of being exposed to the virus.
Instacart said Thursday it’s taking additional steps to protect and compensate workers. It’s adding a new software tool to evaluate whether a worker is exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Part-time employees and members of Instacart’s gig workforce who are diagnosed or ordered into quarantine are eligible for sick pay from the company. The company declined to say how many people are eligible.
Workers began receiving Covid-19 bonuses last month. The amount varies from $2 to $4 per order depending on the region, demand and other factors.
Instacart expects to recruit workers from other gig companies, like
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