Tech-forward retailer hiring 3,000 in-store employees and bulking up IT
department to support increase in online shopping
Future Shop hiring 3,000 Canadians for the holiday season
Online sales have increased by more than 50 per cent in the past year,
leading to increased head count in IT department to support ecommerce
Future Shop's "National Hiring Week" takes place the week of October 22
with positions starting in November and running through early January
BURNABY, BC, Oct. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - With consumer electronics consistently topping the holiday wish lists of
Canadians, Future Shop, Canada's largest consumer electronics retailer and e-tailer, is making
it easy for gift givers to get the expert advice and service they need
this shopping season. By adding 3,000 tech-forward seasonal associates
to its present workforce of 10,000 and increasing the headcount in its
IT department by 30 per cent to support ecommerce, Future Shop is
ensuring consumers get the best shopping experience possible,
regardless of the medium they choose.
With Canada's internet economy expected to grow by 7.4 per cent a year
through 20161, Future Shop is ensuring it has the people-power to support its online
sales, which have increased more than 50 per cent in the past year.
"Given Future Shop's tech-savvy consumer base, more and more customers
are turning to Futureshop.ca for a fast, convenient method of
shopping," said Chris Taylor, Vice President of Human Resources, Future
Shop. "For those who prefer to research online and shop in-store or go
through the entire process with a Product Expert by their side, there
will be 30 per cent more employees available to help them at the store
level this season."
Positions available for seasonal hiring include sales associates in all
departments - including appliances, cellular and entertainment, as well
as additional positions in merchandising and customer service. While
hiring began on October 8, Future Shop will be hosting its "National
Hiring Week" during the week of October 22 with positions starting in
November and running through early January. Successful candidates will
receive immediate benefits such as staff discounts on purchase and
commission for some roles.
To find tech-savvy and educated teams of associates to help shoppers
find holidays' tech-forward gifts, Future Shop's recruitment plans go
beyond traditional job postings by turning to social media channels
such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
For more information on how to apply for a seasonal position with Future
Shop, visit www.futureshop.ca/careers.
About Future Shop
With 149 stores across the country and the nation's premier web store (www.futureshop.ca), Burnaby, BC-based Future Shop is Canada's largest retailer and
e-tailer of consumer electronics. The company employs more than 10,000
technology enthusiasts, has enabled its website, Futureshop.ca, to
deliver unparalleled content about the products it sells. Futureshop.ca
also hosts an online community forum and tech blog called Tech Yeah for
technology beginners and tech-savvy experts to exchange ideas, reviews,
tips and other consumer electronics information (www.futureshop.ca/techyeah). As a proud corporate citizen, Future Shop has developed solutions to
recycle used electronics and is committed to employee volunteerism and
supporting non-profit organizations dedicated to transforming local
youth into Future Leaders (see www.futureshop.ca/futuregeneration).
1 Boston Consulting Group, The Connected World: The Digital Manifesto:
How Companies and Countries can Win in the Digital Economy, January
SOURCE: Future Shop
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