The holiday season usually brings joy to retailers as many flock to buy gifts in the brick and mortar locations or online.
As many states in the U.S. have allowed physical stores to do business maintaining safe distancing, major retailers are seeing this as a good opportunity to capitalize, especially during the holiday season.
On September 24, Target (TGT) - Get Report announced that it will double its staff for contactless services and hire more seasonal team members than last year.
“The success of our business strategy rests on the strength of our team and their ability to adjust quickly to the needs of our guests and their changing shopping patterns,” said Mellissa Kremer, Target's Chief Human Resources Officer, in a statement. “Throughout the year, the team has successfully balanced strong demand in our stores with surging digital volume. Knowing that the holiday season will be unlike any other, we’re building in even more flexibility to make sure Target remains a safe and convenient place to work and shop, while investing in our team’s industry-leading pay and benefits.”
On September 23, another retail giant Walmart (WMT) - Get Report said that it is hiring more than 20,000 seasonal associates in its e-commerce fulfillment centers across the country.
“The holidays are always a special time, and this year, we think the season will mean even more to our customers. As more of them turn to online shopping, we want to ensure we’re staffed and ready to help deliver that special gift to their loved ones while continuing to fulfill our customer’s everyday needs,” Greg Smith, executive vice president for supply chain for Walmart U.S., said, in a statement. “We’re also proud to be able to continue to provide employment opportunities across the country when it’s needed most.”
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