Macy’s to hire 76,000 workers for holiday season

Shoppers are seen outside Macy’s in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York, New York, United States, March 30, 2021. REUTERS / Caitlin Ochs / File Photo

Sept. 21 (Reuters) – Macy’s Inc (MN) on Tuesday announced plans to hire approximately 76,000 full and part-time workers at its stores, call centers and warehouses ahead of this year’s holiday season, indicating a return to pre-pandemic hiring levels.

Pressure from the department store chain to hire more workers comes amid a major labor crisis in the United States that has prompted retailers to raise wages to attract workers during crucial buying period the end of the year.

Earlier this month, Walmart Inc (WMT.N) announced plans to hire 20,000 workers in its supply chain division before the holiday season, which begins a day after Thanksgiving and continues until in early January. Read more

Retailers’ seasonal hiring plans also often state their sales expectations for the holidays. Last month, Macy’s raised its sales forecast for the full year as it benefits shoppers who splurge on perfumes, shoes and dresses as they return to post-lockdown social events. Read more

Last year, Macy’s reduced its seasonal hires to 25,000 as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on its business. The company hired 80,000 workers in 2019.

Macy’s said about 48,000 of the new roles this year were specifically for the holiday season, while the rest were for permanent positions beyond the holidays. Around 21,200 roles are intended for its distribution centers.

The company said it will host a national recruiting event on Thursday.

Uday Sampath report in Bangalore; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi

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