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08/16/2021

Aldi ramps up for the holidays

The discounter with an assortment that's 90% own brands announced it will be hiring thousands for the holiday season, raising wages for store staff, warehouse.
Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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Aldi U.S., a chain of more than 90% exclusive brands, has been growing at a rapid pace, operating more than 2,100 stores and 25 warehouses across the country.

In a recent profile, the company said it aims to be at 2,500 stores by the end of next year. 

Looking to support its growth, the chain announced it would be hiring more than 20,000 new store and warehouse employees to prepare for the busy holiday season. Additionally, Batavia, Ill.-based Aldi has increased wages for store and warehouse employees, setting a new average at $15 and $19 per hour, respectively, based on market and position. 

Aldi employees are also eligible for a range of benefits, including health care and retirement plans, financial wellness and employee assistance programs, and paid time off. 

The holiday positions looking to be filled include store associate, cashier, stocker and warehouse associate. Aldi will host a National Hiring Week from Sept. 20-24, during which stores and warehouses will have interview events to fill available positions.  

“As an award-winning employer, we know the importance of investing in our people,” said Dave Rinaldo, co-president, Aldi U.S. “Employees come to Aldi for the competitive pay and opportunity to work for a growing national brand. They stay for the career potential and satisfaction they feel knowing their work makes a difference in the communities they serve.”  

Aldi said its team members take pride in working at the grocery discount store, which is why the company has been named a National Top Workplace by Energage from 2017-2021 and has been honored by Forbes as one of America’s Best Large Employers six times since 2015. 

Aldi also recently received a 2021 “Great Place to Work” certification, which is based on an employee survey about company culture and confirms the company’s commitment to a positive employee experience. 

The chain carries a strong base of loyal shoppers, too, recently choosing their favorite exclusive private brand items offered at its stores.