Though Amazon has continued to grow as if nothing were happening around them, Walmart has been growing its online sales at a furious pace, and they are certainly going to try and improve their digital sales market share from the 2.7% they managed a year ago.
Amazon.com Inc said it would hire 120,000 workers in the United States this holiday season, same as a year ago, joining a list of US retailers cautious about their hiring plans amid an improving job market.
The temporary positions are available in 33 states, including Nevada, California, New Jersey and Missouri, according to the company.
Amazon on Thursday said the seasonal jobs will be spread out over more than 75 fulfillment centers countrywide to help pick, pack and ship holiday orders.
It's also an opportunity to get a full-time gig.
As a result, several USA retailers, including Macy's Inc and Kohl's Corp, have been focusing on their online businesses and have ramped up hiring seasonal workers to man their distribution centres that support online operations.
Some of them have one-day hiring fairs coming up very soon for holiday positions.
Walmart's e-commerce offering is far more robust this year, with online-ordering-in-store-pickups now active at over 1,000 locations, and the newly launched Mobile Express Returns program in place in time for the holidays.
Target also plans to beef up its workforce with 100,000 holiday workers and Macy's is hiring 80,000.
This forecast includes online shopping, which is expected to accelerate its pace of growth to 11-15 percent to about $140 billion.