Macy’s to boost hol­i­day hir­ing

Los Angeles Times - - Business - An­drea Chang

The depart­ment store gi­ant plans to em­ploy 65,000 sea­sonal work­ers, a slight in­crease from pre­vi­ous years.

An­tic­i­pat­ing solid sales growth for the rest of the year, depart­ment store gi­ant Macy’s Inc. said Thurs­day that it planned to hire 65,000 hol­i­day work­ers, a slight in­crease from pre­vi­ous years.

The mostly part-time po­si­tions will be in the com­pany’s stores and also in its dis­tri­bu­tion, on­line fulfillment and call cen­ters na­tion­wide. In some cases, tem­po­rary sea­sonal work­ers are of­fered per­ma­nent po­si­tions based on their skills and per­for­mance over the hol­i­day sea­son, the com­pany said.

The in­creased hir­ing lev­els re­flect the com­pany’s ex­pec­ta­tions for sales at stores open at least a year to in­crease 3% to 3.5% in the sec­ond half of fis­cal 2010, which ends in Jan­uary.

“It is vi­tally im­por­tant that our cus­tomers are wellserved dur­ing the busiest shop­ping time of the year,” Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Terry J. Lund­gren said. “Many of our sea­sonal hires are stu­dents on break, stay-at-home par­ents, in­di­vid­u­als in ca­reer tran­si­tions or those with ex­tra time they would like to use pro­duc­tively.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the po­si­tions are now be­ing ac­cepted on­line, with hir­ing for store sales po­si­tions to be­gin early next month, the Cincin­nati com­pany said.

Macy’s op­er­ates about 850 depart­ment stores un­der the Macy’s and Bloom­ing­dale’s names.

In its an­nual hol­i­day hir­ing fore­cast re­leased this week, out­place­ment firm Chal­lenger, Gray & Christ­mas Inc. said sales gains in re­cent months could lead to in­creased hol­i­day hir­ing by the nation’s re­tail­ers this year. But it added that the num­ber of sea­sonal work­ers added to re­tail pay­rolls from Oc­to­ber through De­cem­ber was still likely to fall short of pre-re­ces­sion lev­els.

“There is still a lot of doubt about the sus­tain­abil­ity of this econ­omy,” said John A. Chal­lenger, CEO of Chal­lenger, Gray & Christ­mas. “Re­tail­ers do not want to be caught with too many work­ers at a time when many of the fun­da­men­tals needed for strong con­sumer spend­ing re­main a lit­tle shaky.”

an­drea.chang@latimes.com

Lawrence K. Ho

IN THE BAG: Shop­pers come out of Macy’s at the West­field Cen­tury City mall in June. The depart­ment store gi­ant pre­dicts sales at stores open at least a year will in­crease 3% to 3.5% in the sec­ond half of fis­cal 2010.

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