US-based fashion retailer Macy’s has announced to employ 80,000 temporary employees for the upcoming holiday season, as it expects huge sales.
Notably, during last year’s sales, the retailer announced to hire the similar amount of workforce but ended up hiring 87,000 employees to cater to the excessive demand that came in stores. The retailer claimed that it will employ 23,500 seasonal workers, which is 5,500 more than the previous year, at its online fulfilment centers across the country.
The remaining workers will be hired at its call centres, shop floors at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s and will also aid the company’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
Reportedly, Macy’s has been investing to enhance its online retail presence in a bid to counter the market share that has been taken by e-commerce giants such as Amazon Inc. The investment is yielding positive results, as its online business recorded double-digit growth in the second quarter, with sales via its mobile app increasing up to 50 per cent in the first half of its fiscal year from a year earlier.
John Harper, Chief Stores Officer, Macy’s was quoted as saying, “Seasonal colleagues play an especially important role in the Macy’s holiday shopping experience, whether in a store, a fulfilment or distribution center or in a call centre.”
The hiring at Macy’s for the temporary jobs will begin next month and the majority of these employees will be eligible for the company’s goal-oriented incentive model to earn bonuses based on their respective performances.