Kohl’s to hire 2500 workers for San Bernardino fulfillment center

With the holidays fast approaching, Kohl’s is looking to fill more than 2,500 seasonal positions at its fulfillment center in San Bernardino, along with additional in-store jobs throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Interested candidates can text “Apply” to 24508, or visit Kohlscareers.com/DC. Job seekers can use Kohl’s store locator to find their local Kohl’s store and visit KohlsCareers.com/OurJobs for information on available jobs.

The company offers a number of perks to its distribution workers, including access to a free on-site health center, over-the-phone hiring, weekly paychecks and a 15% discount on store merchandise.

Impacts of COVID-19

Like other brick-and-mortar retailers, Kohl’s has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wisconsin-based company posted net income of $47 million for the three-month period ended Aug. 1 — an 80% drop from the same period a year earlier. Results for the first six months of fiscal 2020 were worse, with a net loss of $494 million — down 263% from the same period in 2019.

Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer, recently spoke to the challenges the company has faced.

“Our organization continues to navigate through a period of extraordinary change and uncertainty presented by the COVID-19 crisis,” he said.

Still, Gass said Kohl’s made “significant progress” in rebuilding its business during the second quarter.

“We reopened all of our stores with new safety and operating procedures, accelerated digital growth and showed great discipline in managing inventory and bringing expenses meaningfully lower,” he said.

Kohl’s has whittled down its executive staffing. In February, the company announced it was laying off 250 corporate employees in an effort to streamline management, speed decision making and reduce costs. Additional cuts were announced more recently.

Those moves were designed to boost efficiency and improve its competitiveness following a disappointing 2019. Kohl’s operates more than 1,100 stores in 49 states with annual sales of about $19 billion.

A changing retail environment

Retailers are increasingly adapting to changing consumer habits with an omnichannel approach that embraces both online and in-store buying. E-commerce retailers like Amazon, Warby Parker, Birchbox, Casper and Wayfair are opening stores in an effort to give consumers the blended experience they want.

It’s estimated that once-online-only brands will open 850 brick-and-mortar stores over the next five years.

But e-commerce continues to play an increasingly bigger role in retail sales.

Target plans to use its nearly 1,900 stores to fill online orders this holiday season, as more and more customers buy their products online during the pandemic. The retail chain plans to hire about the same number of seasonal workers as last year’s 130,000, and it will double the workforce that prepares web purchases picked up at the store.

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