Future Shop expanding workforce by 30 per cent this holiday season

Future Shop expanding workforce by 30 per cent this holiday season 
Tech-forward retailer hiring 3,000 in-store employees and bulking up IT 
department to support increase in online shopping 
Announcement Highlights: 
1. Future Shop hiring 3,000 Canadians for the holiday season
  2. Online sales have increased by more than 50 per cent in the past 
 year, leading to increased head count in IT department to support 
 ecommerce
  3. Future Shop's "National Hiring Week" takes place the week of 
 October 22 with positions starting in November and running through 
 early January 
BURNABY, BC, Oct. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - With consumer electronics consistently 
topping the holiday wish lists of Canadians, Future Shop, Canada's largest 
consumer electronics retailer and e-tailer, is making it easy for gift givers 
to get the expert advice and service they need this shopping season. By adding 
3,000 tech-forward seasonal associates to its present workforce of 10,000 and 
increasing the headcount in its IT department by 30 per cent to support 
ecommerce, Future Shop is ensuring consumers get the best shopping experience 
possible, regardless of the medium they choose. 
With Canada's internet economy expected to grow by 7.4 per cent a year through 
2016(1), Future Shop is ensuring it has the people-power to support its online 
sales, which have increased more than 50 per cent in the past year. 
"Given Future Shop's tech-savvy consumer base, more and more customers are 
turning to Futureshop.ca for a fast, convenient method of shopping," said 
Chris Taylor, Vice President of Human Resources, Future Shop. "For those who 
prefer to research online and shop in-store or go through the entire process 
with a Product Expert by their side, there will be 30 per cent more employees 
available to help them at the store level this season." 
Positions available for seasonal hiring include sales associates in all 
departments - including appliances, cellular and entertainment, as well as 
additional positions in merchandising and customer service. While hiring 
began on October 8, Future Shop will be hosting its "National Hiring Week" 
during the week of October 22 with positions starting in November and running 
through early January. Successful candidates will receive immediate benefits 
such as staff discounts on purchase and commission for some roles. 
To find tech-savvy and educated teams of associates to help shoppers find 
holidays' tech-forward gifts, Future Shop's recruitment plans go beyond 
traditional job postings by turning to social media channels such as Facebook, 
LinkedIn and Twitter. 
For more information on how to apply for a seasonal position with Future Shop, 
visitwww.futureshop.ca/careers. 
About Future Shop
With 149 stores across the country and the nation's premier web store 
(www.futureshop.ca), Burnaby, BC-based Future Shop is Canada's largest 
retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics. The company employs more than 
10,000 technology enthusiasts, has enabled its website, Futureshop.ca, to 
deliver unparalleled content about the products it sells. Futureshop.ca also 
hosts an online community forum and tech blog called Tech Yeah for technology 
beginners and tech-savvy experts to exchange ideas, reviews, tips and other 
consumer electronics information (www.futureshop.ca/techyeah). As a proud 
corporate citizen, Future Shop has developed solutions to recycle used 
electronics and is committed to employee volunteerism and supporting 
non-profit organizations dedicated to transforming local youth into Future 
Leaders (see www.futureshop.ca/futuregeneration). 
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(1) Boston Consulting Group, The Connected World: The Digital Manifesto: How 
Companies and Countries can Win in the Digital Economy, January 2012 
Media contact: Elliott Chun, Communications Manager │Future Shop 
│echun@futureshop.com │604.412.1764 Press room:www.futureshop.ca/media 
Facebook:www.facebook.com/FutureShop Twitter:www.twitter.com/FutureShopNews 
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