While the National Retail Federation projects less temporary workers this holiday season than last, the number will still reach upwards of 500,000 people. Major retailers such as Amazon, Macy’s, and Target plan to hire between 80,000 and 120,000 workers alone. And with their prediction that holiday sales will increase 4% over last year, it's evident there is a huge need for more to help fill the gap.
A National Retail Federation survey estimates that about $83.6 billion will be spent on back-to-school needs, a more than a 10 percent increase from last year. Despite the retail industry’s general shift from in-store to online, many parents and students visit brick-and-mortar stores - with school-issued supply lists in hand - to choose and purchase new school gear. This uptick in traffic means retailers need more workers, including stockers, picker-packers, and cashiers.