Major retailers and shipping services are beginning seasonal hiring sprees ahead of this year’s holiday season. However, in preparation for demand, some companies are staffing for the season similarly to 2021, while others are reducing their efforts. Retailers are approaching holiday hiring cautiously as inflation has largely hampered the industry’s success in 2022.
Amazon is looking to hire 150,000 employees throughout the U.S. in full-time, seasonal, and part-time roles across its operations network.
A diverse range of roles—from packing and picking to sorting and shipping—are available to applicants from all backgrounds and experience levels. Employees can earn, on average, more than $19 per hour based on position and location in the U.S. Sign-on bonuses ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 are available in select locations, Amazon added.
While there are jobs available across the country, the states with the greatest number of available positions include: California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington. Interested candidates can see all the regions with open positions at http://www.amazon.com/apply.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Goods is aiming to hire thousands of seasonal employees this year as it gears up for the 2022 holiday season.
The sporting goods retail giant has announced its plan to hire up to 9,000 seasonal associates throughout the country, starting on Sept. 28 with “National Signing Day,” an annual recruiting effort event that is now in its fifth year. This number is down from last year’s hiring event, which sought to hire a record 10,000 seasonal employees — the largest number of seasonal associates in its history.
The company added that these positions are available in its entire portfolio of stores — Dick’s Sporting Goods, Public Lands, Field & Stream and Going, Going, Gone! — stores across the country.
JCPenney is hosting a national hiring event on Wednesday, Oct. 12 through Saturday, Oct. 15, with a goal to fill nearly 22,000 positions this holiday season.
JCPenney said it offers all hourly associates in all stores an additional premium pay for hours worked on Saturday and Sunday during peak holiday weekends, and Black Friday. The retailer noted that it’s closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day and is flexible with shifts to support work-life balance. Additionally, all associates will receive an employee-discount of up to 25% off.
In addition to the incentives listed above, JCPenney said it also offers personal wellness days, unlimited referral bonuses, an inclusive team environment, associate recognition and in-home daycare concierges services.
Kohl’s also announced its staffing goals for 2022 and plans to hire about 90,000 seasonal employees for the holiday season this year, on par with its goals from last year.
The Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based retailer said it offers its associates flexible scheduling, weekly paychecks, and an immediate 15% merchandise employee discount, along with occasional associate shop special events with an increase to 35% off.
Kohl’s will also host two national hiring events on Sept. 15-17 and Oct. 13-15 at all stores, distribution centers and e-commerce fulfillment centers where candidates can receive a job offer on the same day as their interview.
Macy’s said it plans to hire more than 41,000 full- and part-time seasonal positions at its Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Bluemercury stores, supply chain locations and call centers this season.
To incentivize potential applicants, Macy’s is touting the opportunity for seasonal workers to transition into permanent roles in the company. It estimates that in 2021, more than 10,300 holiday staff members made the move into permanent positions, which come with an average base pay above $17 an hour and average total pay of $20 an hour, according to the retailer.
Target said it plans to hire up to 100,000 seasonal employees, on par with its goals for last year. In 2021, Target said it planned to hire an additional 100,000 seasonal and 30,000 supply chain employees for the holiday season.
“The holidays are a treasured time when our guests come together with family and friends to celebrate the joy of the season, and we’re here to make that as easy as possible for them to enjoy,” said Christina Hennington, EVP and chief growth officer at Target. “That’s why we’re rolling out deals earlier than ever and ensuring our team is ready to help our guests shop when and how they want.
Walmart plans to hire fewer workers than last year for its 2022 holiday season.
The big-box retailer on Wednesday announced a goal to hire 40,000 new associates — both seasonal and full-time — in roles across stores, delivery, customer service and truck driving. In April, Walmart rolled out a truck driver training program and said drivers can now make up to $110,000 in their first year with the company, with the chance to earn even more over time.