Retailers Boost Canadian Christmas Hiring
Some Canadian retailers are gearing up for the Christmas holiday shopping as they do every season by hiring more workers, reports CBC News.
This year, however, the expectations for high store sales is not as great as years past. Part of the shift is related to an increase in online shopping from year to year.
Best Buy Canada is planning to hire 1,500 part time employees to meet the brick and mortar demand this season which is 25 percent less than last year’s 2,000. The electronics giant has already hired nearly 550 workers to boost its online presence and to handle shipping needs.
Another electronics retailer Future Shop will hire as many as 3,000 part time employees to staff its Canadian shops. Last year it hired 4,000 temporary workers.
“We’ve got a 50 per cent increase in online traffic this year and online sales, so we’ve adjusted a little bit of that for our in-store experience,” said Chris Taylor, vice-president of human resources at Future Shop in Burnaby, B.C. speaking to CBC.
Like Best Buy the Canadian retailer has added close to 550 seasonal employees to meet its online shopping expectations. The retailer has seen a 50 percent increase in online traffic this year.
Both retailers will have the new hires in place in their stores from early November until the middle of January. Each company expects some of the temporary employees will remain and move into regular full time positions.