Target stocks up on staff, raising holiday hiring 40 percent

Target to Hire More Than 100000 Extra Workers for Holiday Season Rush

The announcement is part of the company's efforts to provide an exceptional shopping experience and ensures Target's 1,816 stores will be staffed to deliver a seamless experience for guests this holiday season, whether team members are helping guests directly or fulfilling online orders.

Target is planning on hiring 100,000 employees to work over the holiday season.

Target says they will hire an additional 4,500 people for its distribution centers and fulfillment facilities.

Having the extra staff "will make shopping at Target even easier and more fun during one of the busiest times of the year", said Janna Potts, the company's chief stores officer. This comes not long after Amazon slashed prices at grocery store giant Whole Foods.

A store's hiring plans can indicate its expectations for the holiday season, which accounts for 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group. Last year, the chain added 70,000 seasonal workers.

Target will hold seasonal hiring events from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. on October 13-15 at each of its stores.

Target's 2017 holiday hiring marks a significant increase from past year, when the retailer hired 70,000 employees.

The hiring process is kicking off online and in stores.

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