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Sam’s Club is hiring 2,000 e-commerce workers and launching week-long deals in preparation for a surge in online holiday shopping



a sign on the side of a building: "COVID-19 has changed how our members shop and the experiences they desire," Sam's Club Chief Member Officer Tony Rogers said in a statement. Johnny Louis/Getty Images


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“COVID-19 has changed how our members shop and the experiences they desire,” Sam’s Club Chief Member Officer Tony Rogers said in a statement. Johnny Louis/Getty Images

  • Sam’s Club will hire 2,000 permanent workers to staff its fulfillment and distribution centers.
  • The Walmart-owned members-only retailer has also begun launching holiday deals. 
  • Like many retailers, Sam’s Club is overhauling its holiday timeline in order to suit the needs of members during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Sam’s Club is embarking on an e-commerce hiring spree and launching early deals ahead of the upcoming holiday season.

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Walmart’s members-only warehouse chain announced that it will be hiring 2,000 permanent, full-time workers to staff fulfillment and distribution centers and bolster its supply chain. Hundreds of those new employees will be working at the company’s newest fulfillment center in Perris, California.

Sam’s Club’s push

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Online Shopping Set to Surge This Holiday Season

Online sales have skyrocketed in the past year thanks, in part, to people purchasing goods they didn’t previously consider buying on the web prior to the pandemic, such as groceries and household essentials.

Driven by this rapid rate of adoption, CRM leader Salesforce forecasts that ecommerce’s footprint will double this holiday season, accounting for 30% of all U.S. retail sales, up from 14% last year. Total digital sales in the U.S. are forecast to reach an all-time high of $221 billion.

Despite the rise of ecommerce, the cloud-based software company anticipates overall U.S. holiday spend to be flat at an estimated $730 billion in sales.

The growth represents a long-term shift in how people shop, particularly for groceries and other essential items, which Rob Garf, vp of industry strategy and insights at Salesforce, believes is here to stay.

“Each holiday season we see new and different digital behavior created,” he

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New model predicts ‘huge surge’ in COVID-19 across US next month as cases rise in 21 states

The number of new coronavirus cases in 21 states has increased by at least 10 percent or more from last week as health officials warn of a possible surge in cases in the fall and winter, according to a CNN analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. 

New cases have risen in Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington state, Wisconsin and Wyoming, according to CNN. 


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Cases in at least 18 states are holding steady while 11 states have experienced a decrease of 10 percent or more from a week earlier, according to the analysis. 

The U.S. is continuing to report more than 40,000 new cases every

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