Target announced Wednesday it plans on employing an additional 100,000 workers for the upcoming holiday season, reports The Wall Street Journal.
The second largest general merchandise retailer in the U.S., according to its website, is hiring 30,000 more people than it did during the same time period last year. It would be a 40 percent increase in the number of temporary workers. The conglomerate is organizing hiring conferences to interview candidates in masses.
Every holiday season, businesses in the retail industry compete to find temporary employees needed for the surge in sales. The jockeying for labor seems to be increasing for major corporations, presumably due to the proliferation of online shopping.
Amazon, an e-commerce behemoth, for example, hired 120,000 supplementary workers for the end of last year, a 20% uptick from the year before that, reports TheWSJ. (RELATED: Study: Robots Actually Hurt Wages, Stoke Pay Inequality)
While growth in virtual shopping could conceivably lead to less in-store employees, the distribution, supply-chain and manufacturing processes would likely need more assistance to fulfill the demand.
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