Americans will spend more this holiday season than ever before, and companies are already bulking up their ranks in preparation.
The National Retail Federation predicts retail spending will rise 3.6% in November and December to a record $655.8 billion. There won’t be any more temporary positions than last year–NRF says employers will bring on between 640,000 and 690,000 workers this holiday season; unchanged from 2015’s 675,300. Online shopping is likely to blame — as consumers flock to the websites of their favorite brands to spend their holiday dollars, brick-and-mortar stores can get away with hiring less seasonal workers.
Some companies still rely on holiday help to meet in-store demand, though. From driving delivery trucks to answering customer phone calls, here are the openings most likely to give you a few extra hours this holiday season.
Toys “R” Us
Toys “R” Us hasn’t disclosed the total number of seasonal employees it’s hiring this year, but the retail chain says it will add at least 10,900 workers in its biggest markets. The jobs include sales, stock crew, cashiers, and warehouse staff.
The company is doing the most hiring in big cities like New York City (more than 4,500), Los Angeles (more than 2,700), Philadelphia (more than 1,500), Chicago (more than 1,200), and Washington, D.C. (more than 1,000.)
Last year, the company hired 40,000 seasonal employees, down from 45,000 in 2014. About 15% to 20% of Toys “R” Us seasonal workers are expected to get permanent positions.
Radial, which provides ecommerce services for corporate customers like DSW, GameStop and Shoe Carnival, is hiring 20,000 seasonal employees for its call center customer service and freight fulfillment. The holiday hires are nearly three times the 7,000 permanent staff the company formerly known as eBay Enterprise currently employs.
The jobs are located across the country, in everywhere from Brunswick, Georgia to Mccarran, Nevada. Seasonal work began rolling out in September, as Radial’s distribution centers started to take in inventory for the holidays. The hiring will continue throughout October, and some of the contracts will lead to full-time roles, a spokeswoman told Internet Retailer.
JCPenney is one of the few retailers hiring more seasonal help compared to last year. The 114-year-old company will add 40,000 employees for the 2016 holidays; 38,000 in retail and 2,000 to man online orders. Last year, the retailer hired 30,000 workers total. The chain plans to give many of its seasonal hires permanent positions after the holidays, the Dallas Morning News reports.
FedEx expects to add more than 50,000 seasonal workers across the country, executive VP T. Michael Glenn said on a recent earnings call–on par with the last two years.
Like others on this list, the drivers, package handlers and support staff that make up FedEx’s temporary workforce will have an opportunity for full-time work at the end of the holidays. Last year, the company experienced 15% sales growth during the holiday season, Glenn said on the call.
Kohls will hire more than 69,000 seasonal associates—the same number as 2015—for the holiday season, the company announced in September.
Most of the temporary workers will stock merchandise, assist customers on the sales floor, and help fill online store orders from Kohls.com. Others will be added to the store’s e-commerce fulfillment centers and credit operations.
Apply quickly: most of the open jobs will be filled by mid-November, according to the company.
Target, which is suffering from weak sales, is hiring 70,000 in-store workers in preparation for the holiday season; unchanged for the fourth straight year. The company does, however, plan to hire 7,500 workers for its distribution and fulfillment centers, which is 1,000 more than last year.
Over the 2015 Black Friday weekend alone, Target employees served more than 446 million customers, and fulfilled more than 1 million online orders and “ship from store” orders, according to a company statement.
Macy’s, which operates both its namesake and the Bloomingdale’s chains, has faced a sharp decline for six straight quarters. In August, the company announced it would close 100 locations by 2017, or about 14% of its stores. Not surprisingly, Macy’s is hiring less seasonal help this year. The company will bring on about 83,000 holiday workers for the 2016 holidays; a 2% dip from last year.
UPS will add 95,000 workers for the 2016 holiday season, the same number it brought on the last two years.
The full and part-time temporary openings will largely go to package handlers, drivers, and driver-helpers. “Up to 37%” of those hired seasonally last year now have permanent jobs at UPS, according to a September statement.
Amazon is set to hire more than 120,000 temporary workers in the U.S. this holiday season — up 20% from last year. That’s more than any other retailer.
As of this writing, the Amazon jobs site shows openings in 25 states–the bulk of which are in fulfillment centers across the country. Those positions pay between $10 and $12 an hour, and span from a few weeks to several months.