Wal-Mart to employ more cash registers this holiday season


September 25, 2014 | By RetailME Bureau

Wal-Mart will staff more cash registers than ever this holiday season in a bid to address a big, chronic customer complaint of long waits in checkout lines. The world’s largest retailer will also hire 60,000 more season workers, or 10% more, for the Than ksgiving-Christmas period, becoming the latest company to ramp up hiring ahead of what will surely be another busy and competitive holiday season.

“We are committed to making sure our customers can find the products they want for Christmas at low prices and can get through the checkout lanes quickly,” says Gisel Ruiz, COO of Walmart US.

Wal-Mart’s move comes as the retailer has gone through seven straight quarters of declining customer visits to its US stores and not seen an increase in comparable sales for any fiscal quarter since 2012.

According to Duncan Mac Naughton, Wal-Mart’s chief merchandising officer, the possibility of shorter queues off the table will attract more people into stores. Wal-Mart supercenters typically have about 30 traditional checkout lanes — giving it more than 100,000 across the US.

Retailers are projected to hire more than 800,000 seasonal workers for the upcoming holiday season, the most the industry has hired since 1999, as retailers gear up for their busiest season that could benefit from continued employment gains and increased consumer spending, according to a report by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

Comments

comments

Previous Article Next Article

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE /


Almarai, Carrefour, Emirates have the most loyal customers

UAE-based Carrefour will become the first retailer in the region to offer new levels 

Continue Reading

February 22, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau

The Organic Farmers’ Market is back in Bay Avenue for its 12th 

Continue Reading

February 17, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau

UAE-based  Lulu Group recently inaugurated its first-ever all-female staff store in Jeddah, 

Continue Reading

February 15, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau
Jones the grocer

Jones the Grocer, the gourmet grocer and cheese retailer launches the Jones 

Continue Reading

February 1, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau

UAE-based Al Maya Supermarkets is hosting a two-week food festival at select 

Continue Reading

January 17, 2021 | By Lawrence Pinto

Locally-owned supermarket Spinneys has launched its ‘Power of Plants’ initiative in the 

Continue Reading

January 17, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau
Cookit

Carrefour UAE has launched “Cookit Yourself” — a curated recipe box created 

Continue Reading

January 5, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau
Al Islami Plant-Based Burger

UAE-based Al Islami Foods, one of the largest frozen food companies in 

Continue Reading

January 3, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau
Marks & Spencer's plant-based range

Marks & Spencer’s plant-based range now offers over 25 vegan products including meat-free 

Continue Reading

December 23, 2020 | By RetailME Bureau

World’s largest fully integrated online brand in fresh fish and meat e-commerce 

Continue Reading

December 14, 2020 | By RetailME Bureau
Koita

Homegrown, organic and plant milk company, Koita has announced its expansion into 

Continue Reading

December 9, 2020 | By RetailME Bureau
Middle East's vegan revolution

Today’s on-demand streaming services are ripe with docu-series and explainer videos on 

Continue Reading

December 3, 2020 | By Shruthi Nair




Download Images RetailME Magazine