NATIONWIDE – As stores begin recruiting seasonal workers, Target says it is planning on hiring seasonal workers as usual, but those seasonal workers will see job duty changes compared to previous years as a direct result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

What You Need To Know

  • Seasonal workers will help fulfill online orders

  • More staff in stores to help clean, sanitize

  • Staff will be help enforce social distancing

According to the company, there will be a big push to allocate workers towards helping curbside and contactless delivery. The number of employees working in those departments will be doubled compared to previous years.

Additionally, front-of-store workers will, “…focus on safety and cleaning, greeting and directing guests to help with their holiday shopping.”

That includes disinfecting carts and monitoring the flow of customers so everyone is able to maintain proper social distancing.

“The success of our business strategy rests on the strength of our team and their ability to adjust quickly to the needs of our guests and their changing shopping patterns,” said Melissa Kremer, Target’s chief human resources officer, in a written statement. “Throughout the year, the team has successfully balanced strong demand in our stores with surging digital volume. Knowing that the holiday season will be unlike any other, we’re building in even more flexibility to make sure Target remains a safe and convenient place to work and shop, while investing in our team’s industry-leading pay and benefits.”

The company also says it anticipates seasonal hiring to match 2019 numbers, which CNBC reports to be about 130,000 seasonal workers.