Wal-Mart holiday hiring lags retail rivals

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Wal-Mart is planning to ramp up its holiday hiring, but not at the same pace as other companies with big seasonal needs.

Wal-Mart said Thursday that it will add 60,000 seasonal workers. That’s a 10% hike compared to last year, but rival Kohl’s is hiring 34% more this year.

Kohl’s said Wednesday that it will hire at least 67,000 temporary workers.

Delivery companies, used by online merchants to get packages to customers, also have Wal-Mart’s hiring expectations beat.

UPS said earlier this week that it will nearly double its holiday workforce to as many as 95,000 jobs, including more than 550 jobs in Okahoma City.

FedEx is adding 25% more workers than it did last year, expecting to hire about 50,000 in total.

Wal-Mart said that its current employees who are interested in working additional hours will be given priority for holiday jobs.


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