Entries in Holiday Hiring Season (8)


Amazon to Hire More than 50K Workers for Holiday Shopping Season

Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- In preparation for the holiday shopping season, is ramping up its workforce at its fulfillment centers across the U.S.

“In addition to the thousands of people we’ve hired for full-time jobs this year, we’re proud to be adding more than 50,000 seasonal jobs this holiday,” Dave Clark, vice president, Global Customer Fulfillment, said in a statement Tuesday.  “We’re hiring at our sites across the U.S. for talented individuals to help us deliver a great experience for our customers this holiday season."

Clark says many of these temporary workers may stay with Amazon past the holidays.

"Temporary associates play a critical role in meeting increased customer demand during the holiday season, and we expect thousands of temporary associates will stay on in full-time positions,” he said.

The Seattle-based online retailer says it has more than 20,000 employees across its 40 U.S. fulfillment centers.

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Holiday Hiring Begins: Where the Jobs Are

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The holiday season is approaching and retailers across the nation have already begun announcing plans to add staffers to the payroll this year.  According to retail trade association National Retail Federation, retailers will add 585,000 to 625,000 hires.

“This is the most optimistic forecast NRF has released since the recession.  In spite of the uncertainties that exist in our economy and among consumers, we believe we’ll see solid holiday sales growth this year,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in a statement.

One company adding to its payroll is Target, which will be one of the largest seasonal employers this year.  The retail giant will hire 80,000 to 90,000 seasonal employees this year, which is down from 90,000 employees in 2011, according to Biz Journals

According to the Wall Street Journal, Target’s figures are down this year because the Minneapolis-based company hired 30 percent of its seasonal staff from the previous holiday season for year-round positions.”

The NRF expects consumers to increase spending 4.1 percent at retailers this holiday season.

In preparation for shoppers, Macy’s is hiring 80,000 seasonal associates for the 2012 holiday season. 

In addition to offering its current employees more hours, Walmart plans to hire 50,000 seasonal associates. 

In September, Kohl’s department store announced plans to add 52,700 season employees this year, up 10 percent from 2011. 

Toys “R” Us' staff of seasonal employees is up by 5,000 this year.  The toys store will add 45,000 employees at stores and distribution centers for the 2012 holiday season.

But it’s not just the nationwide retailers that are hiring seasonal employees.  Regional retailer Meijer Inc., which has more than 200 stores, has plans to hire 12,000 employees as it prepares for the upcoming holiday season.

According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement consultant firm, seasonal hiring is expected to be up compared with last year but remains below pre-recession levels.

“Recent consumer confidence readings have been relatively weak and unemployment remains stubbornly high.  The mixed picture is likely to compel retail employers to proceed cautiously when it comes to hiring extra workers for the holiday season,” said John A. Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas in a statement.

“Look for many to start at last year’s levels and hire additional workers only if strong sales early in the season warrant it,” he said.

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Toys R Us to Hire 45,000 Workers for Holiday Shopping Season

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the end of the year approaches, retailers are revving up for the holiday shopping season.  And for some, that means adding on to payrolls to help deal with the influx of customers.

Toys R Us is the latest big chain to announce its plans for 2012.  The number one toy retailer is hiring 45,000 seasonal workers to staff its pop-up stores and make sure all the toys are on the shelves in time to meet demand.

The additional employees marks a 13 percent increase from the number of temporary workers the Wayne, N.J.-based company hired last year.

And there's hope the seasonal jobs could turn into permanent ones for some workers.

“With substantial growth opportunities available, these seasonal jobs have the potential to become full-time positions for high-performing employees,” Toys R Us said in a statement Tuesday.  “Last year, approximately 15 percent of the holiday workforce retained positions with Toys R Us after the season ended.”

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Wal-Mart to Hire More Than 50,000 Seasonal Workers

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Wal-Mart is getting into the spirit of the season by hiring thousands of temporary workers for the holidays. The big-box retailer says it will offer more hours to current employees, and bring in more than 50,000 new workers nation-wide to better serve its customers.

Wal-Mart currently employs about 1.4 million people throughout its more than 4,000 chains across the U.S.

Both Kohl’s and Target, two of the company’s largest competitors, also announced thousands of new seasonal hires in preparation for the impending holiday rush.

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Strong Holiday Shopping Numbers May Result in More Hiring

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the holiday shopping season already in full swing, retailers are looking to add more employees to their work forces as the demand from shoppers continues to remain strong, a new survey finds.

As employment expert John Challenger with the jobs firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas notes, "Stronger than expected sales on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday resulted in a strong jump in hiring in November and that could push on into December."

Many retailers wait until they see how crowded their stores are and "then they add workers to accommodate those needs," he explains.

Last month, Challenger says retail hiring rose 27 percent compared to the same time last year.

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Best Buy Plans to Hire Fewer Seasonal Workers This Year

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- After Toys 'R Us and Macy's sent word of aggressive hiring plans for this holiday season, Best Buy announced Tuesday it's going the opposite way.

The consumer electronics chain says it will hire 15,000 seasonal workers -- half the number it hired last year.

The drop in positions may be more of a statement about Best Buy than about the overall economy: the company was recently advised to rethink its business model after it cut its earnings forecast.

Best Buy also says it will add more than 3,000 employees at its phone support and distribution centers to provide customer support and manage inventory.

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Macy's to Hire 78,000 Workers for 2011 Holiday Shopping Season

Ben Hider/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- The economy may be down but at least one department store chain is planning for a robust 2011 holiday shopping season.

Macy's announced Monday that it plans to 78,000 people to work the holidays on sales floors, in call centers and at shipping hubs.  The latest plans marks a 4 percent increase in seasonal hiring from last year's 75,000 workers.

"We always hire aggressively during the holidays to ensure our customers are well-served in this important shopping period.  We expect additional hiring this year given the continued sales growth in our business -- both in-store and online," said Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren.

Macy's will begin hiring for store sales positions next month.  Hiring in distribution centers and store receiving has already begun.

Most of the positions will be part-time, however, the department store notes that some employees hired for the holidays may be offered year-round work depending on their skill and performance levels.

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Holiday Hiring Season on Track to Be One of Strongest in Years

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The job outlook for this holiday season is seeing its strongest start in four years, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

The latest jobs report showed a net gain of 150,900 retail jobs in October, three times greater than the number of retail positions added in the same month last year and nearly four times greater than those added in 2008.  The last time similar numbers were posted was back in 2006, when retail payrolls expanded by 150,600.

“This is a good sign that retailers feel more optimistic this year.  Even if November and December hiring remains flat from a year ago, seasonal job growth will top 600,000 for the first time since 2007,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

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