There is some good news for workers as retail giant Myer rehires 2000 staff to help manage booming online sales.
Internet sales rose by 800 percent during a Saturday-only sales event over Easter, with no signs of slowing down.
Some good news for workers
Like many major retailers, Myer shut up shop when the coronavirus pandemic forced the country into lockdown.
The shutdown forced Myer to stand down 10,000 workers.
However, it did not anticipate a huge spike in online sales.
A number of different lines are proving popular. For example:
- beauty products rose 7000 percent,
- menswear rose 160 percent,
- and children’s wear jumped 140 percent.
Rise in sales allows rehiring
Geoff Ikin from Myer tells news.com.au the rise in online sales revenue has allowed the retailer to rehire some of its workforce.
“Our motivated and experienced team have been able to respond quickly to ensure that we remain competitive and highly connected to our customers.
“The success of our online business is testament to their hard work and ability to overcome new challenges.
“With our continued focus on online, it has allowed us to bring back more than 2000 team members into our workforce to assist with our online fulfilment during this very busy time.”
Furthermore, Myer has reduced its free delivery threshold to $49, in addition to relaxing its returns policy.
Ikin says the decision is aimed at giving customers “peace of mind with any purchase they make over this coming period.”
New jobs is good news
Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from My Private Union says he is encouraged by the employment opportunity.
“Any new jobs are good news during this current coronavirus crisis,” he said.
“The retail sector is one of the hardest hit as a result of the lockdown, so I am pleased there is a chance for some Myer staff to get back to work.”