Macy's to Hire 80,000 Holiday Workers


Macy's Inc. (NYSE: M) has announced that it plans to hire approximately 80,000 seasonal associates for its Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores for the 2012 holiday season. That would be an increase of about 2.5% over the retailer's 2011 holiday hires.

The company's seasonal associates serve customers on the selling floor, work in store operations positions, interact with customers via the telephone in call centers, and staff the distribution and fulfillment centers. Most of the positions are part-time, and in some cases, temporary associates are offered full-time year-round positions based on their skills and performance during the holiday season.

Terry J. Lundgren, Macy's chairman, president and chief executive officer, said:

Macy's traditionally implements one of the most robust holiday hiring programs in American retailing, and that will be the case again in 2012. Hiring additional associates for holidays ensures that our customers are well-served in this busy shopping period - both on the sales floor and behind the scenes.

Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) already has announced it will add 80,000 to 90,000 seasonal workers, down slightly from last year. Kohl's Corp. (NYSE: KSS) will hire about 52,000 seasonal workers, up about 10% from last year. Breaking with its past practice of keeping mum on the subject, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) said it plans to hire about 50,000 seasonal workers. Toys"R"Us plans to add 45,000 temporary jobs for the holidays.

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