Retailers hiring seasonal staff

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The holiday shopping season is right around the corner, which means retailers are looking to increase their seasonal staff.

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and also one of the busiest.
That's why retailers have begun hiring seasonal staff to help with the holiday shopping season.
Target in Rapid City started hiring people in early October.
The executive team leader says Target even increased its hiring needs just for the holiday season.

Target Executive Team Leader Logistics, Lee Bauer, says, "We're actually expecting higher sales and we took on some new parts of the business to compete with Amazon too, which is more dot com related, so we're actually hiring about 80 people this holiday season, versus 70 or 60 in years past."

Bauer says they want to make sure everyone is trained and ready to go by Black Friday.
And the training depends on the position.

Bauer says, "There's areas like Starbucks and electronics that take additional training, there's other areas that only take two to three weeks, but typically two to four weeks, depending on the department."

According to the National Retail Federation, this year will be a busy holiday shopping season, as its anticipated that people plan to spend an average of about $967 this year, which is up 3.4 percent from last year.
The NRF says most people, about 60 percent, wait until November to start their holiday shopping.
And Bauer says they're ready for the rush of people that hold off for Black Friday.
That's why he says they like to open their doors on Thanksgiving, to kick off the holiday shopping season a little early.

Bauer says, "6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. We are closing at midnight this year and then we'll re-open on actual Black Friday at 6 a.m. for continued shopping."