Sam’s Club is gearing up for the holidays by hiring 2,000 additional workers to accommodate the expected holiday rush.
These new full-time employees will be spread throughout the country and be allowed to stay after the holidays. New employees will also work at Sam’s Club fulfillment centers for online orders. Employees in these fulfillment centers will receive a $2 per hour boost, according to a statement from Sam’s Club.
To compete with Amazon and Target, over 100 Sam’s Clubs will fulfill and ship internet orders to customers, while 500 remaining locations will continue offering pickup for items ordered online. Orders mailed directly to customers are expected to count for a fifth of all online orders, reports the New York Post.
Although Sam’s Club is known for selling items in bulk quantities, the chain will offer smaller food item packages for shoppers who will not host large meals this holiday season.
Sam’s Club’s three shopping events – “November Savings Event,” “10 Days of Thanks-Savings”, and “December Savings Event”- have all been extended by a few days, according to Fox Business.
In late July, retailers Sam’s Club and their parent company, Walmart, announced that they would be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year as a means of preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Covid-19 has changed how our members shop and the experiences they desire,” said Chief Member Officer Tony Rogers, in a statement. “We’re listening and evolving our approach to meet their needs. Our members are in for something special this season with the great surprises we have planned.”
Sam’s Club, which caters to small businesses, such as restaurants and corner stores, has been quite profitable during the coronavirus pandemic. According to Fortune, the company saw overall sales grow by roughly 17 percent, online sales grow by over 35 percent, and membership income boosted 7.8 percent in the third quarter.