To handle heightened demand for digital gifting and sharing, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM intends to hire more than 10,000 seasonal workers throughout its upscale food and gifting brands for the 2020 holiday season. The company said that hiring has started at Harry & David, The Popcorn Factory, Cheryl’s Cookies and PersonalizationMall.com, according to a Tuesday (Sept. 8) announcement.
1-800-FLOWERS.COM said that seasonal job opportunities differ by brand, encompassing part-time and full-time positions in key divisions like customer service and gift assembly. Most of the jobs are offered across Oregon, Ohio and Illinois, with select telecommuting positions available.
The company indicated that after the holidays, seasonal workers across its brands might be considered for permanent jobs.
The Michaels Companies, Inc. also indicated that it would hire more than 16,000 seasonal workers throughout its American and Canadian retail locations and distribution centers to get ready for this year’s holiday season, according to a Tuesday (Sept. 8) announcement.
“Each holiday season, we are pleased to add additional talent to our growing team, and we look forward to safely providing another exceptional holiday shopping experience to our Maker community this year,” The Michaels Companies Executive Vice President of Stores and Real Estate Rob Koch said in the announcement.
In separate news, last Friday’s (Sept. 4) employment report brought good news to the U.S. retail industry, as almost 250,000 positions were added in August. Roughly 50 percent of those positions were in general merchandise stores like Costco Wholesale Corp. and Walmart Inc.
The industry has added back 1.7 million of the 2.4 million positions it lost at the onset of the pandemic in March and April, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The U.S. Department of Labor also reported last week that the advanced figure for seasonally adjusted initial jobless claims declined to its lowest level as of March.