Walmart says shoppers aren’t going to start acting radically different when the holiday shopping season begins.
The world’s largest retailer expects the habits shoppers have developed during the pandemic to define the 2020 holiday shopping season, and it’s planning accordingly.
Walmart is hiring 20,000 seasonal workers for its e-commerce fulfillment centers to meet online shopping demand.
Known for its 24-hour, 7 days a week schedule, Walmart stopped keeping stores open overnight after the pandemic started to give employees time to clean and sanitize stores and stock shelves. That’s going to continue throughout the holidays, including Black Friday.
The number of new hires is a big departure for how the company has handled its busiest time of the year. While some Walmart stores hire extra temporary workers for Christmas season, the company generally pays workers overtime instead. The last time it hired a large number of seasonal workers was in 2015.