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Instead of preparing to open the door Black Friday With the booming shopping in stores ahead of Christmas, many retailers and shipping companies began to staff up in anticipation of online delivery and curbside pickup orders.
Walmart (W.M.T.)Since March, more than 500,000 workers have been deployed across stores and distribution networks to meet the growing demand for the epidemic. “More than 20,000 seasonal workers across the country will be hired at e-commerce completion centers across the country,” he said on Wednesday. Added in stores.

Other companies, including delivery, warehouses and curbside pickup workers, are gearing up for online shopping.

FedEx (FDX) It said it would hire 70,000 workers, a 27 percent increase over last year UPS (UPS) It said it would hire 100,000 seasonal workers, just like last year’s vacation workers. Floral Delivery Retailer 1-800- (FLWS) Michaels, an arts and crafts store, will add 16,000 seasonal jobs, an increase of 25% over last year, bringing bouquets to customers. That’s up 6% from last year. Michaels (What) Jobs said the network will help, in particular, to strengthen online shopping and pickup in store offerings.

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.

Shoppers have been buying more items online in the coming months as they spend more time at home and limit trips to stores. E-commerce sales in the second quarter of 2020 grew 31 percent to $ 211.5 billion. Said Last month. E-commerce accounted for 16.1 percent of U.S. retail sales in the previous quarter, up from 11.8 percent in the previous quarter.
Deloitte Predicted Compared to the previous week, e-commerce sales between November and January are expected to grow between 25 percent and 35 percent to $ 196 billion.

“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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It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

“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.

Liked by other major retailers Amazon (AMZN) And Target (T.G.T.) Vacation plans have not yet been announced.
Coles (KSS), Masi (M.) And Gap (GPS)About 200,000 holiday workers were announced last year, but no seasonal jobs have been announced yet. All three have been battling infectious diseases and have announced job cuts. J.C. Penny (J.C.P.)Challenger says it is hiring 1,700 workers this year, up from 37,000 last year, which went bankrupt in July.

Many clothing stores and department stores are cutting back instead of hiring.

Since March, 349,000 jobs have been lost in the apparel and apparel accessories sector. The retail sector has lost 570,000 jobs since March Data From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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