With Black Friday 2013 sales ads soon to be leaked somewhere, major retailers are already gearing up for the busy holiday season. That includes both Walmart and Toys R Us who will reportedly hire a combined 100,000 employees between them to deal with the holiday shopping frenzy.
It was reported by CNBC on Sept. 25 that Toys R Us has plans to add 45,000 employees for stores and distribution centers, which is about the same as the number of workers they hired during the 2012 holiday season. In-store hiring will reportedly begin this week. Meanwhile, Walmart is looking to add 55,000 new employees as "seasonal associates," which is up 10% from last season. The retail giant also is planning to create 35,000 part time associates out of their current "temporary" staff. They'll create an additional 35,000 associates who are full time, transitioning them from part time.
Other retailers are also planning ahead of the holidays, just like in years past. Target is among the biggest hirer for the holiday season. The retailer will reportedly hire 70,000 new seasonal workers, which is down from the 88,000 they added just last year. Among online retailers, eBay will add 800 jobs at the Eau Claire, Wis. fulfillment center and then another 2,000 at its Louisville, Ky. center.
The sales and deals will last for a shorter window of opportunity for shoppers this season, according to Trefis.com. This year's shopping season will last just four weeks compared to five in 2012. Due to the shorter shopping period, retailers are under the assumption that sales figures will be weaker, so they're hiring less or about the same as last year.
As of this report, there have not been any Black Friday sales or deals ads leaked for the 2013 shopping season, but in years past, these arrived around October or early November. Among them are usually Walmart, Target, Best Buy and other top stores, as consumers gear up for the busy holiday shopping time, trying to find the best deal. Walmart will list Black Friday specials here on their website as they arrive.