Target is about to increase its labor force by 450 to help get goods to guests faster.
The retailer said Monday it will add the increased staff to its distribution center in DeKalb, Georgia, in April and May.
Earlier this year, Target had said it would turn the facility into an upstream distribution center, adding new equipment and product lines to improve speed to market. Once the DeKalb expansion is complete, the center will get goods to one-third of Target’s more than U.S. 1,800 stores.
“We look forward to serving stores across the Midwest from our expanded upstream distribution center,” Target’s senior vice president of distribution, Carson Landsgard, said in a statement. “This expansion is a great investment in the local community and in Target’s work to create an enhanced shopping experience for guests.”
Target has been committed to improving the guest experience, and in looking at what’s in store for the business in 2016, company CEO Brian Cornell said it will be all about staying guest-centric.
Traffic at Target has been up for the last five quarters in a row, and as Cornell said, “Our focus in 2016 and beyond is on providing a seamless, reliable and enjoyable guest experience each and every time.”
Most of the 450 new jobs will be made up of equipment operations, packaging and shipping positions.
According to the Daily Chronicle, the DeKalb City Council promised $2.8 million in tax breaks, grants and other fee waivers back in 2004, totaling $6.8 million to help secure the 1.5 million-square-foot distribution center, which originally went up in 2006.