retailers such as Macy's Inc, Target Corp and Kohl's Corp have
said they plan to hire fewer temporary workers or to keep
seasonal employment levels little changed this holiday season.
More than 14,000 seasonal positions were transitioned to
regular, full-time roles after the holidays last year, and the
company expects to increase that number this year, Amazon said
The U.S. National Retail Federation earlier this month forecast
a 3.6 percent rise in holiday sales this year, with online sales
expected to climb 7 percent to 10 percent.
U.S. brick-and-mortar retailers' biggest challenge in recent
years has been tackling the growth of online retailers,
specially Amazon, which offer the same products at lower prices
and have made shopping more convenient.
They are also keeping sales expectations and inventories low -
and hiring light - ahead of the holiday season to avoid a repeat
of last year, when unusually warm weather hit sales and piled up
(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik and Abhijith Ganapavaram in
Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)
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