Sam’s Club plans to hire 2,000 workers as it prepares for an extended holiday shopping season transformed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Walmart-owned wholesale chain will station the full-time staffers in its distribution and fulfillment centers across the country, including a new facility that opened outside Los Angeles last month ahead of the holiday rush.
The jobs will be permanent, and new hires working in fulfillment centers will get a $2-an-hour boost to their wages during the holiday season, Sam’s Club said Thursday.
The hiring spree is part of the big-box retailer’s revamped holiday strategy, which will include a greater emphasis on online shopping amid the COVID-19 crisis.
In a first for the holidays, more than 100 Sam’s Club stores will fulfill internet orders and ship them directly to customers, which the chain expects to account for a fifth of all online orders. And all 597 locations will continue offering the option to order items online and pick them up at the store.
“COVID-19 has changed how our members shop and the experiences they desire,” Tony Rogers, Sam’s Club’s chief member officer, said in a statement. “We’re listening and evolving our approach to meet their needs.”
Sam’s Club is also joining retail giants such as Amazon and Target in getting a jump on holiday promotions. It started an October sales event on Sunday and plans to offer deals on a greater number of days in November and December.
In another adjustment, the chain known for selling in bulk will offer smaller packages of food items for shoppers who are scaling back their big holiday meals amid the pandemic.
But customers won’t be able to snap any last-minute items on Thanksgiving Day, when Sam’s Club and parent company Walmart will close all their stores this year.
Walmart shares were up 0.3 percent at $141.40 as of 10:26 a.m. Thursday.