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Macy’s to hire 85,000 seasonal workers to support holiday shopping

Macy’s said it plans to hire about 85,000 seasonal workers at its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide. Additional positions will help assist with special events like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
Macy’s said it plans to hire about 85,000 seasonal workers at its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide. Additional positions will help assist with special events like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Getty Images

In preparation for the busy holiday shopping season, Macy’s said it plans to hire about 85,000 seasonal workers at its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide.

The department store chain said it first offers its current employees extra hours during the holidays, then supplements its workforce with seasonal jobs, most of which are part-time. Many positions require work during the evenings, weekends or overnight, Macy’s said.

In some cases, seasonal workers may be offered year-round positions based on their skills and performance over the holidays, the company added.

“Especially at the holidays, we employ students working during break to help pay tuition, retirees seeking to remain active and individuals from many walks of life wanting to supplement their income,” Macy’s Chief Executive Office Terry Lundgren said in a statement this week.

Other retailers with a major presence that recently announced seasonal hiring plans include Belk, Toys ‘R’ Us and Kohl’s.

Macy’s operates three stores in Charlotte-area malls: SouthPark, Northlake and Carolina Place, according to its website.

Those interested can apply online at www.macysJOBS.com and www.bloomingdalesJOBS.com, and they will receive an emailed response, Macy’s said. Hiring for store sales positions will begin in mid-October.

Macy’s said its seasonal hiring plans include the following:

▪ About 12,000 seasonal hires will be in Macy’s direct-to-consumer fulfillment facilities in Goodyear, Ariz.; Cheshire, Conn.; Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Tenn.; and Martinsburg, W.Va. They will also be in product-specific fulfillment centers in Sacramento, Calif.; Stone Mountain, Ga.; Secaucus, N.J.; and Joppa, Md.

▪ About 1,600 positions will be at customer service centers in Mason, Ohio; Clearwater, Fla.; Tempe, Ariz.; and St. Louis.

▪ More than 1,000 people will be hired across the U.S. to support the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santalands and other holiday events.

Earlier this month, in an effort to cut costs, Macy’s said it will close 35 to 40 stores in early 2016, or as much as 5 percent of its namesake department stores. The chain said it hasn’t selected all of the stores that will be closed yet.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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