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Walmart Set to Not Hire Holiday Workers this Year

21 September, 2017, 22:38 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Walmart will rely on permanent workers, not seasonal employees, for holidays

Though they're not hiring new employees for traditional roles, Walmart will have more holiday helpers this year. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company also has a far bigger US workforce to draw on, with about 1.5 million workers.

Walmart says it employed the same strategy of more hours for existing employees during the holidays past year and "we heard great feedback from our customers and associates", according to Judith McKenna, chief operating officer of Walmart U.S.

"As we head into our busiest time of the year, we know associates are ready to deliver", she said in a statement.

Meanwhile, in a news release with the headline " 'Tis the season to hire at Toys R Us", the retailer, now going through bankruptcy proceedings, said Thursday it is hiring part-time positions at stores and distribution centers nationwide. A check of the site Thursday showed seasonal jobs available in Tacoma and Olympia. And, while Macy's is hiring 4% fewer this year, that still means it will temporarily employ some 80,000 seasonal associates for positions at its Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide.

"Our associates make the holidays come to life in our stores, and we are thankful for everything they do to help our customers have the best possible shopping experience".

Walmart's holiday hiring strategy is in stark contrast to plans laid out by other retailers so far this year.

Last week, Target said it would hire 100,000 temporary holiday workers, up from the 70,000 it has hired in each of the last four years.

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