Macy's is hiring 86,000 seasonal workers throughout the United States. The temporary employees will work at call centers, distribution hubs and existing stores during the holiday season. The number of seasonal workers has increased more than 3 percent -- due to an expected increase in online sales.
A large portion of the workers will staff locations in the nation's largest cities. As reported by ABC News, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New Jersey, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., will offer same-day delivery for orders placed at Macys.com. Bloomingdale's, which is owned by Macy's, will offer the same service to customers in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose.
Cleveland.com reports that 10,000 seasonal employees will be hired to work in specialty fulfillment centers and fulfillment "megacenters" in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Around 3,000 temporary workers will be hired to work at other fulfillment centers throughout the nations. Macy's is also hiring more than 1,000 seasonal workers to staff customer service centers in Arizona, Florida, Missouri and Ohio. Around 850 temporary workers will assist with special holiday promotions, including seven Santaland locations and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Chairman and chief executive Terry J. Lundgren said the seasonal workers will allow Macy's and Bloomingdale's provide "customers with a consistently high level of care and attentions." Additionally, Lundgren said the temporary positions will provide "much-needed" jobs for America."
Although a majority of the positions will be part-time, Lundgren said seasonal employees could work into full-time positions.
"We have many examples of associates who started with us in temporary seasonal positions and stayed to enjoy a long and fulfilling career with our company... Seasonal employment is often an opportunity to get to know potential future employees and to identify talent that we can recruit as needs arise."Macy's will begin hiring seasonal workers before the end of October. Prospective employees can fill out an application in-store or online.
R.H. Macy & Co. began as a dry goods store in 1858. Although the first-day sales were less than $12, the first-year sales exceeded $80,000. By 1924, Macy's was declared the "largest store in the world."
Macy's went on to become the first retailer to promote a female employee to an executive position. They are also well known for their creativity and innovation in advertising.
In addition to Macy's, several other employers will be hiring a large number of seasonal workers. UPS and Fed Ex will hire more than 70,000 temporary workers this holiday season. Wal-Mart is expected to hire 60,000 seasonal employees and Kohl's will hire nearly 70,000.