Walmart is growing its workforce and expediting the hiring process to keep up with surging consumer demand during the coronavirus outbreak. It also announced $550 million in bonuses to reward workers.

The private employer, which is the nation’s largest has announced it will be taking on 150,000 new staff members until the end of May to work in stores, clubs, distribution centres and fulfilment centres. Although the roles will be temporary to begin with, many will convert to permanent roles in time.

The discount giant is also implementing a new process to dramatically expedite hiring for key roles such as cashiers and stockers. What is usually a two-week application cycle will be reduced to a 24-hour process.

“We know millions of Americans who are usually employed at this time are temporarily out of work, and at the same time we’re currently seeing strong demand in our stores,” said Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Walmart. “We’re looking for people who see Walmart as a chance to earn some extra money and perform a vital service to their community.”