Walmart, Target, UPS are already hiring seasonal workers ahead of holiday

Walmart, Target, UPS are already hiring seasonal workers ahead of holiday

Several companies including Walmart, Target and UPS have already announced plans to increase their seasonal staff in order to prepare for another busy holiday filled with online and in-person shopping.

The holiday season, though set against an uncertain economic environment, is expected to be busy and retailers are trying to prepare early because of some deals kicking off in October.

Many companies have trimmed down their hiring plans this year but they promised to give current staff a chance to take on extra shifts in order to boost earning potential.

Companies hiring and what they are offering for their current and new employees are some of the best of them.

The flower company is looking for more than 8,000 seasonal and year-round associates across the nation, but the majority of the roles will be in Illinois, Ohio, and Oregon.

According to the company, new hires will fill roles within production, gift assembly, distribution and operational support. There will be remote contact center positions available.

The company said it's offering robust incentives and perks such as competitive wages, flexible schedules and an employee discount.

It didn't say what that wage was.

A total of 15,000 people are currently seeking positions in its stores and distribution centers in North America.

Michaels' Chief Operating Officer Joe Venezia told FOX Business that the company deliberately decreased the number of seasonal hires this year in order to increase the number of hours available for seasonal employees.

The company said it offers a competitive wage, which varies by location. Many of its locations have exceeded the minimum wage, but the company wouldn't say what that figure is.

The company said that the employees will get a 30% discount and flexible hours.

The Minneapolis-based retailer plans to hire up to 100,000 seasonal workers that will benefit from its new wage range, starting between $15 and $24 an hour.

Target wants to fill positions at stores and supply chain facilities nationwide. According to the retailer, employees will be responsible for same-day fulfillment, packing and shipping orders.

Before filling shifts with new hires, Target plans to work with current team members to provide their desired hours and schedules throughout the holidays. More than 100,000 employees are being hired by the company, according to the announcement.

UPS is looking for full and part-time seasonal delivery, CDL drivers, package handlers and driver helpers, and that it is trying to fill these positions quickly.

The application process should be streamlined, and it should take no longer than 25 minutes. 80% of seasonal positions don't require an interview, according to UPS.

According to UPS, nearly 35,000 seasonal employees earned permanent positions last year, and there will be permanent positions available in some areas for early applicants.

The positions will include seasonal store associates, customer care associates and full-time, permanent truck drivers.

According to a blog post by Maren Waggoner, senior vice president of field people at Walmart U.S., the company plans to give additional hours to current store associates first before filling shifts with part-time workers and new hires.

Walmart said its average hourly wage is more than $17 and it offers a range of benefits, including its Live Better U program, which covers 100% of the cost of college tuition and books.