Target plans to hire 100,000 team members, including 1,500 in the Boston area and 3,000 across MA, for the holiday season.
Target's plan to tackle the busiest time of the year means hiring 100,000 team members for its 1,816 stores, plus 4,500 extra workers for distribution centers and fulfillment facilities.
Target previous year hired 70,000 in-store workers for the holiday period, hiring cautiously along with others such as Macy's Inc M.N. , as most retailers planned for subdued sales amid growing competition from Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O . Shares have traded down almost 20% since the start of 2017.
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The retailer has been making preparations to boost its online business and take on Amazon and other online rivals, which offer the same products at lower prices and have made shopping more convenient.
The announcement ensures that Target's 1,816 stores will be staffed this holiday season, whether team members are helping guests directly or fulfilling online orders.
It is also extending Restock, its next-day home delivery service, to more markets ahead of the holidays.
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