DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS) has announced its intention to hire 8,600 seasonal associates for the upcoming holiday season. The recruitment process will kick off with the sixth-annual “National Signing Day” on October 3rd and will encompass positions at DICK’S Sporting Goods, Public Lands, DICK’S House of Sport, and Going, Going, Gone! stores.
This initiative underscores the vital role of seasonal team members in creating a delightful holiday shopping experience for customers. Having an informed and friendly team is crucial for delivering an exceptional in-store experience, particularly for highly sought-after brands and styles.
The company is actively seeking individuals who are deeply committed to providing outstanding customer service, share a belief in the transformative power of sports, and possess a genuine passion for assisting, educating, outfitting, and inspiring athletes with the industry’s leading sports and outdoor brands. Team members can expect competitive compensation, the option of DailyPay, and a substantial associate discount of up to 25%.
Consistent with past practice, DICK’S Sporting Goods will close all of its stores and distribution centers on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2023, to allow team members to spend the holiday with their families. Customers will still be able to shop online on Thanksgiving Day, and stores will reopen on Black Friday.
The holiday season represents a significant portion of annual revenues for retailers and is a critical period for their success. Therefore, retailers must address any logistical or inventory challenges and implement strategies to provide a seamless shopping experience, whether in-store or online. With these considerations in mind, retailers are unveiling their holiday season hiring plans to meet any increased demand.
According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, U.S. retail sales, excluding automotive, are expected to rise by 3.7% year-over-year during the traditional holiday period. In-store retail sales are projected to increase by 2.9%, while e-commerce sales are anticipated to grow by 6.7%. Retailers are taking a proactive approach and offering customer-centric services to seize every opportunity during the season.
Shares of DICK’S Sporting Goods have declined by 22.6% in the past six months, compared to the industry’s decline of 19.6%.
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