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The American Staffing Association (ASA) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) are set to partner to offer a solution to retail workforce scarcity during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The outbreak has resulted in a shortage of workers at essential businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies that provide critical services.

This partnership will help retailers connect with staffing agencies so individuals who need jobs can find work in an industry.

RILA president Brian Dodge said: “Finding talent to address unprecedented demand for essential goods during this time of crisis is a top priority for select retailers.

“Staffing agencies are perfectly positioned to deploy temporary workers that have been displaced due to Covid-19, especially the millions of retail workers that have been furloughed because governments have rightfully ordered their employers to close to try to stop the spread of the virus.”

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ASA has also created an online searchable directory where RILA member retailers can connect to ASA member staffing agencies to fill various posts, including warehouse workers; store clerks; stocking, cleaning, and sanitising; cashiers; greeters and more.

ASA president and CEO Richard Wahlquist said: “The US staffing and recruiting industry is ready to source and deploy talent wherever and whenever it is needed most during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“”ASA is proud to work together with RILA as part of the staffing industry’s commitment to ensuring that America has access to a skilled flexible workforce to support the uninterrupted flow of essential goods and services during this unprecedented time of challenge to our nation and our world.”