Future Shop Stocks Up for the Holidays



    
    - 6,000 seasonal associates to be trained and in stores by
    November 1, 2008 -
    

    BURNABY, BC, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Another busy holiday shopping season is upon
us and in an effort to be extra prepared, Future Shop, Canada's leading
consumer electronics retailer and e-tailer, is hiring more than 6,000 seasonal
associates to help customers in its 134 stores across the country.
    "Consumer electronics has become a favourite category for gift giving in
Canada and some of the most anticipated and popular gifts of the season will
be purchased at Future Stores over the holiday season," said Sue Voigt, VP HR
and Communications, Future Shop. "We're looking for some tech savvy, high
energy people to help Canadians find the best gifts and complete their
shopping lists."
    Future Shop's hiring blitz begins well in advance of the holiday shopping
season allowing the company to properly train the thousands of seasonal
associates to support full-time Product Experts and to help customers find the
best gifts in all areas including Gaming, Home Theatre, Wireless
Communication, Computers & Networking and Digital Cameras. The seasonal
associates will receive a one-week intensive training program with customer
service and further specific job training.
    "We're planning for a big shopping season and expect some popular
categories like gaming, wireless and digital cameras to explode this year,"
added Sue Voigt. "Over twenty-five million Canadians shop at Future Shop
during the holiday season. Our hiring blitz for seasonal associates combined
with our trained, knowledgeable products experts will help our customers buy
the right gifts and make shopping easy."
    As a means for recruitment, Future Shop is trying a new approach this
year; instead of hiring outside recruiters, the retailer is looking to utilize
the knowledge and experience of trusted referral experts - their own staff.

    About Future Shop

    With 134 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. Future Shop and its more than
10,000 employees are dedicated to providing customers with expert advice about
home and entertainment technology both in-store and online. The company hosts
an online community forum for technology beginners and tech-savvy experts to
exchange ideas, reviews, tips and other consumer electronics information
(www.futureshopforums.ca).
    To help keep used electronics out of the landfills, Future Shop has an
in-store recycling program for seven types of products (see
www.futureshop.ca/green). As a proud corporate citizen, Future Shop is
committed to employee volunteerism and supporting non-profits organizations
dedicated to transforming local youth into Future Leaders (see
www.futureshop.ca/community).





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Susan Kirk, (604) 412-1226,
skirk@futureshop.com; Cheryl Grant, (604) 412-1008, chgrant@futureshop.com; In
Quebec: Thierry Lopez, (514) 905-7713, tlopez@futureshop.com

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