Target plans to hire about 100000 workers for holiday season


Wednesday's announcement is part of Target's efforts to provide an exceptional shopping experience and ensure that its 1,816 stores will be staffed to deliver a seamless experience for consumers.

Target announced Wednesday it plans on employing an additional 100,000 workers for the upcoming holiday season, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Last month, Target Corp. said online sales jumped 32 percent in its second quarter as it made improvements to its website and offered faster delivery.

Last week, Target said last week that it would slash prices on cereal, paper towels and thousands of other items.

Seasonal hiring plans give a glimpse into retailers' holiday sales expectations as the companies make almost a third of their annual sales during the period, which starts a day after Thanksgiving and continues into early January.

Target's 2017 holiday hiring marks a significant increase from past year, when the retailer hired 70,000 employees.

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Wal-Mart has been spending more on paying higher wages and acquiring online retailer and so is unlikely to boost seasonal hiring to the same extent as Target, he said.

Employees who already work at Target can increase their hours during the holiday season.

Moody's O'Shea, however, said he expects retailers looking to cut costs to hire more temporary workers during the holiday season.

Target's plan to tackle the busiest time of the year means hiring 100,000 team members for its 1,816 stores, plus 4,500 extra workers for distribution centers and fulfillment facilities.

In 2016, Target brought on 77,500 temporary workers. Last year, the chain added 70,000 seasonal workers.