Macy’s Inc. is set to boost its in-store holiday workforce, amid a generally upbeat mood coming out of this year’s Black Friday weekend.
The retailer said Friday it’s looking to fill an additional 7,000 seasonal positions, mostly part-time, at stores nationally for the holidays. That follows September’s announcement the retailer sought to fill 80,000 holiday positions nationally this year.
The total, if all positions are filled this year, would be up from the 83,000 seasonal workers the company hired last year. The 2016 figure is roughly on par with the company’s hiring for the 2015 season.
“Macy’s has had a great start to this holiday season with high customer volume across our business. Due to the strong traffic in our stores, we are adding associates in our stores across the country to ensure that customers continue to receive the high level of service they have come to expect from us,” said Macy’s chief stores officer John Harper. “We are excited to be further expanding our seasonal workforce. Seasonal workers play an important role in the Macy’s holiday shopping experience and, in addition to a competitive hourly income, they will experience a flexible working environment and benefit from a merchandise discount.”
WWD reported Monday a momentum over the Black Friday weekend, boosted by nice weather in some parts of the country, that had many retailers hitting targets for the weekend and feeling good about the start to the holidays.
Many retailers revealed their holiday hiring plans in September. JCPenney said it would add more than 40,000 to its ranks. Target Corp. said that same month it looked to fill about 100,000 seasonal positions nationally. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said its U.S. holiday hiring plan opted out of hiring more workers and instead would offer additional hours to its existing workforce.