In another positive sign for the 2014 holiday season, Macy's (NYSE:M) said it plans to hire around 86,000 seasonal positions, an increase of 3.6 percent from the number of employees it hired in 2013.
Macy's is not the only retailer to up its holiday hiring. Earlier this month, Walmart (NYSE:WMT) said it will hire 10 percent more holiday employees–around 60,000 total–compared to last year. And Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) is adding 34 percent more seasonal workers–a total of 67,000.
Target (NYSE:TGT), which has taken a big financial hit since its credit card breach last December, is keeping its holiday hiring the same, bringing on 70,000 seasonal employees.
Macy's will hire the workers for its Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide. The retailer attributes the spike in holiday hiring in part to the growth of its e-commerce operation. "In particular, the seasonal workforce has grown in recent years in the company's network of online fulfillment centers in support of increased sales generated by the company's omnichannel business strategy," according to a Macy's press statement.
In fact, around 10,000 of the 86,000 total seasonal positions will be based in the retailer's direct-to-consumer fulfillment megacenters in Martinsburg, West Virginia; Goodyear, Arizona; Portland, Tennessee; and Cheshire, Connecticut, as well as in product-specific fulfillment centers in Sacramento, California, Stone Mountain, Georgia, Secaucus, New Jersey, and Joppa, Maryland.
In addition, around 3,000 positions will be assigned to work in the fulfillment areas of Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores that are equipped to fill and ship orders directly to customers, as well as to support the retailer's buy online pick up in-store service available in every location.
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