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Grocer Turns to Gig Economy for Extra Staffing

Regional grocery store company Meijer Inc. is tapping into the power of the gig economy to augment its workforce.

Meijer has started using an app called Hyer to source temporary staffing for its 246 retail stores and its brand distribution company Serv-U-Success. Hyer has a network of individual gig workers who are interested in taking on general labor, delivery, or merchandising tasks on a flexible schedule. Hyer manages the background check process and provides payment processing and insurance coverage.

“There are many responsibilities at the store level that can be fulfilled quickly and easily by individuals looking for flexible work arrangements,” said Mike Graham, senior vice president of supply chain & manufacturing at Meijer. “Hyer allows us to secure labor on demand through a large, independent workforce that is ready and qualified.”

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer is a family-owned grocery chain with more than 245 supercenters and stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.

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