Also, just like online shopping is more than just Cyber Monday, holiday shopping is about more than just money spent.
It's also about jobs.
Like shipping giants FedEx and UPS, which hire 55,000 seasonal workers to help with the holiday rush. Lands' End, a unit of Sears Holdings, expects to add 1,000 temporary workers to staff an extra shift at its distribution centers during this busy season. Instead of fulfilling orders from 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the massive Dodgeville, Wisc., distribution facility, workers will go until midnight.
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The seven miles of conveyor belts were pretty much full of orders by 6:30 a.m., and that makes everyone happy, which seems like more of a pattern this holiday retail season. Shoppers are spending. Consumers are getting deals. People are getting jobs. Companies are making money. And it looks like the U.S. economy benefits from all of that.
-By Brian Shactman, CNBC reporter; Follow Brian Shactman @bshactman.
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