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Retailers Announce Seasonal Hiring Plans for Holidays

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As September rolls along, the likes of Macy’s, Kohl’s and UPS are already gearing up for the holidays by hiring more workers.

In addition to hiring an estimated 83,000 seasonal associates, Macy’s is launching its first national holiday hiring day, which will take place on Sept. 30. Potential candidates may visit all Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Macy’s Backstage stores between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and apply online for scheduled interviews.

“However our customers connect with us—in stores, online and mobile, or over the phone—Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s shoppers have come to appreciate the higher level of our staffing and service throughout the Christmas and holiday season, and our associates love the merchandise discount and income-earning opportunities at this special time of the year,” Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren said.

Increasing staffing will allow Macy’s to better serve its consumers during this busy time of year and also transition temporary workers to full-time positions for next year. A majority of seasonal positions will be filled at Macy’s fulfillment centers (15,000) and at Macy’s events, including the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Kohl’s is also boosting its fleet with over 69,000 hires this holiday season. For its 1,166 U.S. stores, the retailer projects that it will employ an average of 50 seasonal associates for each location. Approximately 9,500 seasonal positions will also be filled at Kohl’s distribution centers across the country to accommodate the company’s heavy digital sales from November to January.

“We want to ensure we provide the excellent service and easy experience Kohl’s consumers expect, whether shopping in stores or online,” Kohl’s chief administrative officer Richard Schepp said. “By building a winning team of associates, we know we will help our customers continue to enjoy Kohl’s incredible savings and amazing product throughout the holiday season and beyond.”

UPS is also preparing to handle the upcoming holiday season package flow with the help of 95,000 seasonal employees. To assist with the increased package volume from November to January, UPS is hiring ackage handlers, drivers and driver helpers, many of which may continue onto full-time employment with the company. Over 37 percent of the people UPS hired for the holidays last year transitioned to a permanent position after peak time.

“We’re ready to kick off our annual holiday hiring process, and need lots of great people for various positions on all shifts across the country,” said Myron Gray, president of U.S. operations. “UPS delivers the holidays, and we also deliver some of the best temporary jobs in the country for tens of thousands of Americans.”

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