CHICAGO, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Dick's Sporting Goods
said on Thursday it will hire up to 9,000 workers to cover the
holiday season in its stores, 1,000 more than last year,
expecting a jump in online orders amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Retailers have struggled this year, with mall traffic
declining across the United States as stores in states such as
California continue to operate under severe restrictions to
combat the spread of COVID-19.
The number of people visiting Dick's outlets fell by nearly
54% in May, data firm Placer.ai showed, around when many Dick's
stores were temporarily shut closed. While this has since
improved, traffic is still about 9% lower than last year, the
Pennsylvania-based Dick's expects in-store foot traffic to
improve from earlier this year, with demand for products such as
kayaks, golf clubs and bicycles up as many people turn to
Still, online sales are surging: second-quarter e-commerce
sales nearly tripled, it said recently.
Ship-from-store orders accounted for three-quarters of all
online orders in the quarter, Dick's said.
The "vast majority" of new holiday season hires will work in
stores, fulfilling curbside pick-up and ship-to-store orders or
working at cash registers.
Only about 250 of the new workers will be sent to
distribution centers, Dick's Chief People Officer Julie
Lodge-Jarrett told Reuters.
As part of its hiring pitch, Dick's plans to pay workers 15%
more at least than the minimum wage of each state through the
end of the year, also offering them discounts on Dicks's goods
of up to 25%.
"In the vast majority of the states we already pay above
minimum wage, even for our entry level position," Lodge-Jarrett
The company said it would kick off most of its hiring
nationwide on Oct. 14.
(Reporting by Richa Naidu; editing by Kenneth Maxwell and Jason