OPERATIONS

Meijer to hire 12,000 holiday associates

BY Staff Writer

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Regional grocer Meijer said Tuesday it will hire 12,000 new employees in preparation for the 2012 holiday shopping season. Most positions will be part-time.

According to Janet Emerson, executive VP of operations for Meijer, “Our goal is to deliver the best customer experience and the lowest prices, and as we continue to grow it’s so important that we have the right levels of staff and the right people in those roles."

Part-time seasonal associates may also be considered to fill ongoing part-time and full-time needs, according to Meijer. The company is preparing to open six new stores in 2013, including the first Meijer in Detroit.

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Toys ‘R’ Us announces holiday price-match guarantee

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Wayne, N.J. — Toys “R” Us on Tuesday said it will offer a price-match guarantee on all items in its namesake and Babies “R” Us stores this holiday season.

Beginning immediately and continuing through Christmas Eve, the company said it will match competitors’ in-store pricing on identical items, any time a customer presents a local competitor’s current print advertisement showing the item available for less.

In addition, the retailer said that if a customer finds an item sold in Toys “R” Us or Babies “R” Us stores available for less on Toysrus.com or Babiesrus.com, the company will match the online price.

The announcement follows previously unveiled holiday programs such as free layaway and “hot toy reservations.”

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Shop.org: Online sales expected to grow 12% over last year

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Washington, D.C. — Shop.org’s holiday 2012 online sales forecast, released Tuesday, expects sales to grow 12% over last holiday season to as much as $96 billion. Last year, according to the Dept. of Commerce, e-commerce sales grew 15% during the months of November and December.

“Online retail has been a bright spot for years and we don’t expect that trend to change anytime soon, especially with the growth in mobile,” said Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation, of which Shop.org is a division. “Aside from the convenience, shoppers look to the holiday season to take advantage of retailers’ increased digital offerings. In addition to enhancing the site experience, retailers have spent the year investing in optimizing their mobile and social platforms, just what holiday shoppers are looking for.”

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