Other companies, including delivery, warehouses and curbside pickup workers, are gearing up for online shopping.
The overall hiring forecast for this holiday season is “uncertain”, but “it is clear that the proportion of online sales will reach record highs, which could lead to a permanent change in the future of vacation hiring,” said Challenger, Gray & Christmas Vice President at Senior Andy Challenger & Placement.
“E-commerce has the potential to be a huge success because consumers are clearly more likely to shop online than brick and mortar stores,” said Daniel Bachmann, Deloitte’s U.S. economic forecaster, in a research report last week.
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“Traditional retailers are committed to taking on holiday goals, which reflects the precarious business environment they face with high unemployment, declining government incentives and consumer spending practices,” Challenger said.
Retailers added 702,000 jobs last holiday. An increase of 12% over the previous year. The transportation and warehousing sector created 295,000 jobs. An increase of 14% over the previous year.
Many clothing stores and department stores are cutting back instead of hiring.
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