• With the holiday season just around the corner, several companies are gearing up and have started hiring staff. Department store chain Macy’s said it will open more than 41,000 temporary vacancies

Department store chain Macy’s said it is planning to hire more than 41,000 full- and part-time workers to cover the holiday shopping season.

The company said hiring for the positions will take place at Macy’s Bloomingdale’s and Bluemercury store locations.

The number of openings Macy’s opened is in contrast to last year. In that period, it planned to hire 76,000 part-time and full-time workers for the holiday season. Of that total, approximately 48,000 of the positions were designated for the season and the rest were permanent.

The chain’s recent announcement is not out of tune with other recent events. Dick’s Sporting Goods, the sporting goods retailer, also announced the hiring of up to 9,000 seasonal associates, down 1,000 from last year.

For its part, the Target department store chain announced last week the hiring of 100,000 temporary workers, -30,000 less than last year-, who will be incorporated after existing employees establish their vacation shifts. Starting wages range from $15 to $24 an hour.

Walmart, one of Target’s direct competitors, also offered 40,000 jobs for the season leading up to the holidays. The number of offers was much lower compared to what it offered in 2021, with 110,000 seats.

Earlier this month, Macy’s CFO Adrian Mitchell said the company expects holiday shopping to start earlier than normal.

Like Macy’s, several companies are aiming to announce their promotions well before Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday, which has caused a positive response from consumers.

Amazon, the online sales platform, is preparing a new event similar to Prime Day, called “Prime Early Access Sale”, which will take place on October 11 and 12 and will feature “hundreds of thousands” of Christmas offers.

The forecasts of some consultants point to Christmas sales growing with respect to the previous year due to the increase in prices than to the volume of sales. The reaction observed in the consumer today is to make their portfolio yield as much as possible, due to the rise in prices due to inflation in various consumer items.

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