Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Target is hiring more than 100K holiday workers

Target is hiring more than 100K holiday workers

Prices at the retail giant are decreasing and the red-vested workforce is increasing by 100,000 this holiday season.

Discount-store operator Target Corp. The Seattle company acquired Whole Foods over the summer, not only putting it in direct competition with the grocery operations of Target and Walmart, but also providing hundreds of new locations from which to deliver goods to customers. Target is hiring more than 100,000 temporary workers for the holidays - a sharp increase over a year ago. It would be a 40 percent increase in the number of temporary workers. The retailer said that, based on the success of last year's seasonal hiring events, it will host similar programs at all of its 1,816 stores nationwide on Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15.

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While growth in virtual shopping could conceivably lead to less in-store employees, the distribution, supply-chain and manufacturing processes would likely need more assistance to fulfill the demand.

The temporary workers get a few benefits, including a 10% discount at the store and online, and 20% for fruits, vegetables and other "wellness" products.

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The events will take place from 10 6 p.m. each day for the 100,000 store positions, with the potential for eligible applicants to interview on-the-spot and receive a conditional job offer during the weekend events.

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