Walmart U.S. to hire more temporary holiday workers

Also moving 35,000 workers from temporary to part-time status
By Jessica Wohl
||Last Updated: 09/23/2013

(Reuters) — Wal-Mart Stores said on Monday it plans to hire 55,000 temporary staff to work at its Walmart U.S. stores during the holiday season, up roughly 10 per cent from 2012, as it gears up for a competitive winter.

Consumers remained cautious amid a slow economic recovery. Also, more shopping online has been drawing sales from traditional stores.

On Monday, consulting firm Deloitte said it expected sales to rise four per cent to 4.5 per cent for the November-to-January period, versus 4.5 per cent growth a year earlier. It expects a 12.5 per cent to 13 per cent increase in non-store sales, the bulk of which are done online.

Last week, research firm ShopperTrak said it saw U.S. holiday sales growing at a slower pace than in recent years and that shoppers would likely go to stores less often.

In addition to the 55,000 seasonal workers, Walmart U.S. also said it would move more than 35,000 employees from temporary to part-time status, and another 35,000 from part-time to full-time.

This year, the retailer has been pushing to give part-time staff the chance to sign up for extra shifts and hiring temporary workers to fill the shifts that part-time and full-time workers do not take.

In September 2012, Walmart U.S. announced plans to hire more than 50,000 temporary workers for that holiday season. It did not disclose how many it ultimately ended up hiring.

Last week, Target said it planned to hire about 70,000 seasonal workers, down from the year before, while offering its year-round staff the chance to work more hours. Kohl's Corp said it planned to hire more than 50,000 workers, up slightly from a year earlier.

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