Department store giant scales back holiday hiring
Fewer stores translates into reduced holiday hiring for Macy's this year.
Macy's plans to hire a total of 80,000 workers for the holiday rush, down from about 83,000 last year. The company has been closing underperforming stores and currently operates some 70 fewer stores than it did last year.
However, while Macy's may need less seasonal workers for its brick-and-mortar operations, that is not the case online. Its total holiday hires for the upcoming season will include 18,000 employees to fulfill online orders, up by about 3,000 from last year.
Macy's announced its plans shortly after Target said it planned to increase its holiday hiring by some 40%.
Online giant expands its fulfillment network in Michigan
Amazon is further bolstering its presence in The Wolverine State.
The online giant will open a new, 1 million sq. ft. fulfillment center in Shelby, Michigan. The building is set to open in 2018.
The warehouse will focus on picking, packing and shipping large items, like household decor, sporting equipment and gardening tools. These operations will be managed by approximately 1,000 associates, according to Amazon.
The new facility comes on the heels of Amazon’s plan to open an 855,000-sq.-ft. fulfillment center in Romulus, Michigan. The facility will use technology from the company's Amazon Robotics division to pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.
The Shelby fulfillment center brings Amazon’s warehouse count to three facilities in the state of Michigan. Amazon also operates a sortation center in the city of Livonia, and a corporate office in Detroit.
“Michigan has been a great place to do business for Amazon and we look forward to adding a new fulfillment center to better serve our customers in the region,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s VP of North American operations.
Discounter swaps out Apple devices for Android on its sales floor
Target associates are using new devices to complete their daily tasks.
After using iPod Touches for the last three years to manage stock, pull items, and handle other essential sales floor duties, Target is now putting Android devices into its associates’ hands, according to Gizmodo.
On average, Target is swapping approximately 30 iPod Touch devices in use across approximately 1,800 Target stores. However, the discounter still plans to use iPads for online order pickups, and managers will still use iPhones, the report said.
Two factors that influenced the discounter’s decision to upgrade its sales floor devices were the need for longer battery life, and Android’s flexibility to develop new apps, Gizmodo reported.
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