Macy’s Inc. announced plans to hire seasonal associates for approximately 85,000 positions at its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide during the 2015 Christmas and holiday season. The seasonal hiring plan is essentially flat to last year.

Of the 85,000 hires, 12,000 will work in direct-to-consumer fulfillment facilities supporting sales generated by the omnichannel business strategy. An additional 1,600 associates are hired to interact with customers via telephone, email and online chat, and more than 1,000 people are hired to support the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santalands and other holiday events.

Terry Lundgren, Macy’s, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer said that the company policy is to first offer their current associates the opportunity to work extra hours and then supplement with seasonal hires. Most of the seasonal positions are part-time, often with flexibility to fit the schedule of hires, and many of the positions require applicants to work evenings, weekends or overnight.

In a statement, Lundgren said, “Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s customers have come to appreciate the higher level of our staffing and service throughout the Christmas and holiday shopping season, and our associates love the employment and income-earning opportunities at this very special time of the year.”

He added, “These seasonal positions represent much-needed jobs for America, and they fill an important niche in the employment spectrum. 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. We are proud to offer them this opportunity to work in a fun, fast-paced and respectful environment.”

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