"Honestly, we don't even think about that. We can't," she said. "We just keep doing what we are doing and try to be as profitable as we can."
Target Stores, Best Buy, and other retailers say "the season" has hit and they are doing their part to pump industry employment during the holidays.
Target's "hiring process is already underway in some markets. And we will be continuing to hire up through Thanksgiving," said spokeswoman Molly Snyder. "Last year we hired more than 92,000 seasonal team members and we do expect that this year that number will be slightly higher."
Toys R Us already has its online Christmas ads for Lalaloopsy Dolls, Lego Ninjago sets, guitar-jamming Elmos and other critters. It's also in the midst of a hiring monsoon after opening a new distribution center in Nevada and beefing up online and store service. The company said Wednesday that it will hire more than 40,000 people this holiday season.
"We are hiring seasonal employees for the holiday season, and the number is in line with previous years," said Meghan Kennedy, Toys R Us spokeswoman.
Officials at electronics retail-behemoth Best Buy insisted that holiday hiring and inventory stockpiling are proceeding full steam ahead.
Best Buy has made it a point to avoid "making any material reductions in our store labor," Best Buy Executive Vice President Michael Vitelli recently told Wall Street analysts. The big-box retailer has ramped up staffing in gaming, computers, tablets and cell phones.
"All of the places where we're seeing the growth, that's where we're putting our labor," Vitelli said.
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