Are you ready for the holiday shopping season?

Retail experts predict consumers will be filling their shopping carts—both in-store and online—earlier and more than ever before this holiday season. Don’t get caught short-staffed.

Expect the Unexpected

It is expected to be a busy season ahead for retailers, manufacturers, and warehousing and distribution centers—with consumers shopping more online and starting earlier than ever this year. And while you can’t predict everything that might come your way during the busiest season of the year, you can be prepared if you have the right staff.

The first step to staying calm and being successful is having a staffing strategy that works. Plan ahead now and you can avoid these holiday hurdles:

Tough Competition

Your business isn’t the only one looking for workers during the holiday season. Others in the retail, manufacturing and logistics industries are also eager to find and hire talent this time of year. Meanwhile, out-of-stock items, inventory issues or negative customer service interactions could drive shoppers away. Having the right staff on hand can mean the difference between fulfilling all of your orders or forcing shoppers to turn elsewhere so they get the positive experience they’ve come to expect.

Last-Minute Demands

Workers might call in sick when their shift is due to start in a couple hours. Or you’ll learn one night that a truck full of goods is arriving first thing in the morning. No matter what happens, your business needs workers quickly so that operations continue to run smoothly. With convenient access to workers available at a moment’s notice, your business can ensure that you have the staff you need whenever you need them.

PeopleReady is your surefire way to survive—and succeed in—all of your holiday prep. With our nationwide footprint and our trained recruiting experts, we’re ready to help with all of your on-demand staffing needs. And with our mobile app JobStack, you can request temporary staff from anywhere at any time, all from your phone. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Request your holiday staff today!

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PeopleReady specializes in quick and reliable on-demand labor and highly skilled workers. PeopleReady supports a wide range of blue-collar industries, including construction, manufacturing and logistics, waste and recycling, and hospitality. Leveraging its game-changing JobStack platform and 600-plus branch offices across all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, PeopleReady served approximately 98,000 businesses and put more than 490,000 people to work in 2020.