Target to Hire Up to 90K Holiday Workers

Target to Hire Up to 90K Holiday Workers

The retail giant has already begun hiring seasonal workers at distribution centers and intends to begin hiring temporary store workers next month.

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation intends to hire between 80,000 and 90,000 seasonal employees nationwide this holiday season—a modest decline from last year’s holiday hiring.

Company spokeswoman Jessica Stevens told Twin Cities Business via e-mail on Wednesday that Target in July began hiring seasonal warehouse workers. Target will begin hiring in October for temporary store employees, including floor salespeople and cashiers.

The company will continue to add seasonal employees through December, Stevens said. Existing Target employees may also take on additional hours or work in different areas during the busy holiday season.

The company declined to break out how many seasonal employees will be added at Twin Cities-area Target stores.

Target’s planned seasonal hiring is down modestly from last year, when the company added 92,000 holiday workers, according to Stevens, who pointed out that the dip can be attributed, in part, to retention: Roughly 30 percent of the seasonal employees whom Target hired last year remained with the company in year-round positions.

But it might also reflect Target’s more cautious approach to the holiday season this year. A couple of weeks ago, Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan reportedly said at a Goldman Sachs conference that Target could forgo some sales this holiday season if industry discounting gets too deep.

“We aren’t interested in driving sales at all costs,” Mulligan said, according to a report by Reuters.

Mulligan said Target will focus on offering value in categories that are important to its core customers who will continue shopping at its stores after the holidays, Reuters reported.

Target also hopes that new products—including a limited holiday collection developed with luxury retailer Neiman Marcus—will help lure holiday shoppers.

While Target is cutting back a bit on holiday hiring, another retailer, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based Kohl’s Department Stores, said Tuesday that it plans to hire more than 52,700 seasonal workers. That’s up 10 percent from last year. The company said it plans to hire an average of 41 people per store at its 1,146 stores in 49 states, as well roughly 5,700 seasonal positions at distribution centers. Kohl’s has 26 Minnesota stores, according to its website.

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