Sales are expected to go up during the next holiday season, so the giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is already thinking of hiring about 60,000 seasonal workers. The number is very similar to the one recorded last year, according to representatives of the company.
The new workers will not be paid less than $9 an hour and the company said that extra-hours will be available for the permanent employees of the stores. Department managers positions will also be available to aid the customers to pick up online orders.
Experts from the global outplacement firm Challenger Gray and Christmas Inc. say that holiday hiring is expected to be lower this year, compared with 2014, mainly because of the job growth that occurred earlier in 2015 and because the shopping habits are constantly changing.
Wal-Mart is not the only company that aims to hire a few thousands of workers this year. Target Corp. also said they are planning to employ about 70,000 people for the holiday rush, while Toys “R” Us hope to hire more than 40,000 people.
These companies have boosted their sales a lot over the past few years, so they had to add many other warehouses and distribution centers all over the country to ensure orders reach buyers as fast as possible.
Logistics companies and employment agencies are already complaining of the fact that they cannot find enough warehouse workers to stock holiday inventory. Fulfillment centers where orders will be packed and afterwards shipped are also short-staffed.
Shopper Trak, which is a data firm, announced that this year, the holiday rush will boost sales by 2.4 percent compared to 2014. This is great news for the economy, given that last year’s sales were the best since 2011. In 2014, sales went up by 4 percent compared to 2013.
“Several trends indicate a successful November and December, including the rise of the educated consumer—who visits the store less but buys more—and the lengthening of the shopping season,” said the revenue chief of ShopperTrak Kevin Kearns.
This year has been great for consumers, especially due to the lower gas prices all over the United States and to the lower unemployment rate. Consumer satisfaction is constantly on the rise, which means economy is looking better by the year.
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