WORKFORCE

Target first out of the gate with holiday hiring plans

BY Marianne Wilson

The holiday hiring wars have begun.

Target Corp. is the first national retailer to announce its holiday hiring plans with the news that it plans to hire 70,000 seasonal store associates. The amount is the same as last year.

In addition, the discounter plan to hire 7,500 employees to work in its distribution and fulfillment facilities during the holiday season, which is slightly up from last year.

In a new feature this year, Target’s 1,800 stores nationwide will host dedicated hiring events in October, meeting with thousands of prospective candidates.

Target said its 7,500 distribution and fulfillment center team members will help to replenish the stores while fulfilling the “mega-high volume” of online orders the chain expects during its busiest season of the year.

As in past years, existing Target associates will get first crack at any extra holiday hours they want.

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B.Jolley says:
Sep-13-2016 04:47 pm

Not Shopping at Target!!
My vote is still no to the Target Corp. Not coming back!

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California home furnishings chain names CEO

BY Marianne Wilson

Photo: Brian Woods

Jerome’s Furniture has a new chief executive.

The San Diego-based company named Brian Woods as its CEO, effective Sept. 7.

Prior to joining Jerome’s, Woods served as president and chief merchandising officer of Haynes Furniture, where he turned the company from years of sales declines to significant top line growth and profitability improvements. Prior to that, he served as executive VP of sales for American Signature Furniture.

Woods started his career in 1992 with CompUSA in a technical services role and ultimately rose to the role of executive VP and general merchandising and marketing in 2003.

“Throughout his entire career, Brian has worked to enhance the customers' shopping experience, has been successful in highly competitive retail markets and has created brand differentiators that customers have embraced,” said Jerry Navarra, chairman of Jerome’s Furniture, which operates 13 stores.

“He is a visionary team leader who has a talent for inspiring staff at all levels to achieve aggressive goals. We’re excited to have him aboard.”

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TECHNOLOGY

Chipotle in drone test — on a college campus

BY CSA STAFF

Chipotle Mexican Grill is going to test delivering burritos by drones.

The Mexican fast-casual brand has teamed up with Project Wing, a unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc., to deliver the items to a select group of students and employees at Virginia Tech, USA Today reported.

The test will last a few weeks, the report said, with the drones delivering the food with a winch.

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