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Instacart, the on-demand service that Walmart Inc.'s Sam's Club division uses to deliver online grocery orders to customers, plans to hire 300,000 independent contractors across North America over the next three months to meet growing demand.

The extra staffing will help mitigate longer-than-usual wait times for deliveries, Instacart founder and Chief Executive Officer Apoorva Mehta said Monday in a letter to employees. Instacart serves other retailers besides Bentonville-based Sam's Club, including Kroger, Aldi, Costco, CVS Pharmacy, Albertsons and Sprouts.

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Mehta said the past few weeks, as the coronavirus' spread has kept more people at home, were the busiest in Instacart's history. The added jobs, he said, will help the San Francisco-based company meet the continued high demand it expects in the coming months while aiding the newly unemployed.

"As more people look for immediate, flexible earnings opportunities during this time, we hope that Instacart can be an additional source of income for those looking to earn while also delivering for the communities in which they live," Mehta added.

Business on 03/25/2020

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