Macy's plans to hire 80,000 season workers for the upcoming holiday shopping season, an increase from last year.
The retailer, which owns Macy's and Bloomingdale's department stores, said on Monday that this will be a 2.5% increase from last year, when the company hired 78,000 workers.
Macy's (Fortune 500) said it will need the extra workers to staff its sales floors, store operations and call centers, as well as shipping centers for online orders. ,
The new hires will be in addition to Macy's year-round staff of 175,000.
Macy's is just the latest retailer to step up its hiring in anticipation of a brisk holiday shopping season.
Toys R Us said on Sept. 24 that it will hire 45,000 seasonal workers, an increase of 5,000 compared to last year. The toy retailer is also launching a free layaway program through Oct. 31 and a hot toy reservation plan. Wal-Mart (Fortune 500) cut its layaway fee from $15 to $5 to try and draw customers. ,
Retailers are preparing for Black Friday, one of the most important shopping days of the year, and a critical barometer of the consumer-driven economy.
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