Sep 17, 2020
Sony Reveals When PS5 Pre-Orders Will Start
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The PlayStation 5 Showcase just announced the highly anticipated pre-order information for the PS5. Sony took to twitter to announce that “PS5 pre-orders will be available starting as early as tomorrow at select retailers.”
PS5 pre-orders will be available starting as early as tomorrow at select retailers.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 16, 2020
This is great news for PlayStation fans, as they will be able to get their hands on the console soon.
Also Read: Sony Finally Announces PlayStation 5 Price
Interestingly, the pre-orders for the Xbox Series X and S are scheduled to go live next week, September 22. But PlayStation was also already taking pre-orders for the console on a first-come-first-serve basis, although it was only available for US customers.
Interestingly, recent reports have suggested that PlayStation had to cut down on its production for the PlayStation 5. Even though Sony later confirmed that the reports were not true, it hints at the demand that Sony expects to garner with the PS5.
An industry insider recently revealed that Sony has booked around 60 Delta flights to supply the PlayStation 5 to the US. Usually, such cargo is shipped via the sea route. But given the obvious restrictions, due to the global pandemic, Sony is opting for a faster albeit more expensive option.
Also Read: Sony Announces Release Date for the Next-Gen PS5
Apart from the pre-order information, Sony also revealed some other interesting information regarding the same. Along with other game announcements, God Of War: Ragnarok was also announced for 2021. There were also big announcements made like Devil May Cry 5, Demon Souls and more.
All the major PlayStation announcements have now been made. This puts the ball back in Microsoft’s court. They had the upper hand when they had announced their Series X and S details last week. But Sony’s announcement regarding PS5 will definitely force them to rethink their strategy altogether.
Even though their focus is on Game Pass and xCloud, they still need to focus on console sales. Considering the Xbox One couldn’t match the sales numbers for the PlayStation 4, it is imperative that Microsoft focuses on the sales even more.
Although Microsoft has a seemingly more powerful console, it still doesn’t change the fact that Sony now has the upper hand in terms of price. The Showcase definitely propelled the PS5 ahead of the Series X and has possibly won them the ‘console war’.Akshay Patel
I love to play games of all kinds. You can usually find me casually teaming up with my squad to play the most random games ever. Oh, and I also manage to write about those sometimes
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Walmart, Target, and Kohls are slated to hire an estimated 240,000 employees this holiday season — many of which will be dedicated to fulfilling online orders
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- National retailers like Walmart, Target, and Kohl's are betting big on e-commerce this holiday season.
- Those three companies alone plan to hire an estimated 240,000 seasonal workers.
- Consumers in the US have increasingly come to rely on e-commerce during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Walmart, Target, and Kohl's plan to hire a combined 240,000 seasonal workers for this year's expected holiday rush.
Initiating a hiring spree to help tackle the holiday bustle is a common practice for retailers. But this year, Walmart, Target, and Kohl's emphasized expanding their workforce for the specific task of bolstering e-commerce fulfillment.
Online shopping has surged during the coronavirus pandemic, and it's clear that major retailers believe that the trend will carry on through at least the remainder of the year. The hiring spree — which will encompass e-commerce-related roles in both distribution centers and stores — also demonstrates how retailers are increasingly relying on completing online purchases by leveraging their fleets of brick-and-mortar locations to fend off online-centric competitors like Amazon.
Walmart has hired around 500,000 new workers since the coronavirus pandemic began in March in the US. Earlier this month, the retail giant announced it would hire 20,000 seasonal e-commerce warehouse workers.
In a statement sent to Business Insider, Walmart Supply Chain Executive Vice President Greg Smith said the company wants to "ensure we're staffed and ready to help deliver that special gift to their loved ones while continuing to fulfill our customer's everyday needs."
Walmart's 20,000 open e-commerce warehouse jobs start at an hourly wage of $15.75, and the company said it will schedule shifts "as quickly as 48 hours from applying" for certain workers. After January 1, 2021, Walmart said that some seasonal workers will be converted to permanent employees.
Meanwhile, Target said it expects seasonal hiring for the holidays to be on par with 2019, according to a company press release.
"These important roles include processing freight to stores and fulfilling Target.com orders, including receiving, packing and loading, to make sure products reach our guests quickly," the statement said.
Target last year sought to hire 130,000 seasonal employees for the holidays. Of those jobs, 8,000 were set to be dedicated to the retailer's 39 distribution and fulfillment centers.
Target CEO Brian Cornell told CNBC that twice as many seasonal hires will be tasked with fulfillment center roles or in-store tasks like fulfilling curbside and in-store pickup during the holidays in 2020.
"Certainly, we continue to see the guests gravitate towards the ease and convenience and contact-free ways to shop through our digital channels," Cornell said.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Kohl's also anticipates that its seasonal hiring spree will resemble its push from last year. In 2019, the company hired around 90,000 seasonal workers.
"We know customers will be shopping online more than ever this year and we're staffing accordingly to support increased digital fulfillment efforts," said Marc Chini, Kohl's chief people officer, in a press release.
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