Holiday hiring frenzy arrives at Macy's

CINCINNATI — Macy's Inc. joined the ranks of other retailers that have already announced plans to boost store staff during the holiday season.

The company said it plans to hire approximately 80,000 seasonal associates for its Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide for the 2012 holiday season. This is an increase of about 2.5% from last year.

"Macy's traditionally implements one of the most robust holiday hiring programs in American retailing, and that will be the case again in 2012. Hiring additional associates for holidays ensures that our customers are well-served in this busy shopping period - both on the sales floor and behind the scenes," said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy's Inc. chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Moreover, our seasonal positions help a wide range of Americans earn extra money. In many cases, these are students working to help pay tuition, retirees seeking to remain
active and individuals wanting to supplement their income."