Pilot Flying J seeking to hire another 10,000 and more business news

The Pilot Flying J Travel Center on Watt Road on Interstate 40/75 is shown on Nov. 4, 2011, in Knoxville. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Pilot Flying J seeking to hire another 10,000

Pilot Flying J is seeking to hire 10,000 new employees during a Hiring Day event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Tuesday more than 670 participating Pilot Flying J travel centers.

Pilot said it is trying to fill both full- and part-time jobs in retail, food service and facilities. The Knoxville-based chain of truck stops, which is one of the nation's largest privately held businesses, also is recruiting corporate job applicants for jobs is in technology, finance, human resources, recruiting, marketing and guest services at the Knoxville Sales and Support Center headquarters, offices in Dallas and Houston, and a new IT center of excellence in Atlanta.

"Since 1958, we've fueled millions of journeys and we look forward to having more great people join us as we gear up for another busy summer and keep innovating to prepare for the future of travel," said Paul Shore, chief people officer of Pilot Company. "We're offering better opportunities, better perks and better benefits with a stable and growing company that invests in its team members to help them learn and grow. Nearly three out of four leadership promotions come from within our company."

OSHA warns Amazon about its warehouses

U.S. regulators are calling on Amazon to improve its procedures dealing with severe weather like hurricanes and tornadoes that could threaten workers at its warehouses dotted across the country.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday sent a "Hazard Alert Letter" to the Seattle-based e-commerce giant on Tuesday following the agency's investigation into the deadly collapse of a company warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois in December. Six people died and another was critically injured in the tornado strike.

The investigation raised concerns about the potential risk to employees during severe weather emergencies," according to the letter sent to Amazon that OSHA made public.

The agency said its inspection found that, while the company's severe weather procedures had met minimal federal safety guidelines for storm sheltering, the company still needed to further protect its workers and contract employees. The letter requires Amazon to review its severe weather emergency procedures but the company won't face any fines or penalties.

In interviews with Amazon and contract workers, OSHA officials found some employees couldn't recall ever participating in severe weather drills, or the location of the facility's shelter. Kelly Nantel, an Amazon spokesperson, however, said employees receive emergency response training, which is "reinforced throughout the year."

"OSHA's investigation did not find any violations or causes for citations, but we're constantly looking to innovate and improve our safety measures and have already begun conducting additional safety and emergency preparedness drills at our sites and will carefully consider any OSHA recommendation that we have not already," Nantel said.

Alphabet revenues slow in 1st quarter

SAN RAMON, Calif. - Google's corporate parent on Tuesday posted its slowest quarterly revenue growth since 2020, the latest sign that the huge gains enjoyed by technology companies during the pandemic are fading into the rear-view mirror.

For most companies, the numbers announced by Alphabet Inc. would be a cause for celebration. But tech companies are sized up differently, with investors typically measuring them by how much growth they deliver each quarter compared to the previous year.

Alphabet began this year with growth trends shifting dramatically downward. That already contributed to a 20% decline in its stock price since it peaked at about $3,030 in early February before a widespread sell-off in tech stocks. The shares shed another 6% in extended trading Tuesday after the latest quarterly numbers came out.

The concerns about slowing growth have become an even bigger worry amid rising interest rates aimed at tamping down the highest inflation rates in more than 40 years. Higher borrowing costs, coupled with the economic upheaval caused by the war between Russia and Ukraine, are more likely to cool off the U.S. economy and create on even bigger drag on growth.

Alphabet's revenue during the January-March period totaled $68 billion, a 23% increase from the same time last year. That was the first time since 2020 that the company has reported as year-over-year revenue gain of less than 30%. The figure fell about $40 million below the average estimate among analysts polled by FactSet Research

The first-quarter profit drooped 8% from last year to $16.4 billion, or $24.62 per share. That was also below the average analyst projection of $25.47 per share, according to FactSet.

- Compiled by Dave Flessner