Toys ‘R’ Us to double work force for holidays
Wayne, N.J. Toys “R” Us plans to hire approximately 45,000 seasonal employees to staff its Toys “R” Us and Toys “R” Us Express pop-up stores in the United States this holiday season, essentially doubling its domestic work force.
This number is greater than the total workforce the company hired during each of the last three holiday shopping seasons due to the addition of 600 new Toys “R” Us Express stores. In previous holiday seasons, the company has hired approximately 35,000 toy-trained employees to help gift-givers find the right toy for the children on their lists this Christmas.
Of the 45,000 total hired, 35,000 employees will staff the company’s 587 traditional Toys “R” Us stores, while the company will continue to fill 10,000 positions at approximately 600 Toys “R” Us Express stores in malls and other shopping centers. Seasonal workers will also be hired in the company’s nine distribution centers across the country.
Target announces literacy initiatives
MINNEAPOLIS – Target announced its plans to donate more than $500 million by the end of 2015 to support education, doubling its support to-date, for a total of more than $1 billion. The financial commitment is part of Target’s new reading initiative, Target Read With Me, aimed at helping more U.S. children read proficiently by the end of third grade, the company reported.
"Target’s ties to education run deep, but we are compelled to do more to address the education crisis in the United States and put more kids on the path to graduation so they are ready for college, a career and life. The time to act is now, and it starts by reading with a child," said Laysha Ward, president of community relations, Target. "Our reading pledge is the first of many steps Target will take to ensure our kids are globally competitive. We need every parent and caring adult to join us in creating a movement that will chart a new course in education and help our children succeed."
Target said it will encourage parents, caring adults and its more than 350,000 team members to take action by visiting Target.com/reading, where they can pledge to commit to a regular reading schedule with a child. The pledge also can be accessed via mobile Web browsing or by texting "READ" to TARGET (827438).
In addition, Target said it will donate 1 million books to mark the beginning of its Target Read With Me initiative and up to an additional 1 million books once 1 million reading pledges have been received.
Target also announced plans to launch a reading center of excellence that will have a physical and virtual presence. The physical center will be located in Target’s headquarters market of Minneapolis-St. Paul, where nearly half of third-grade students do not read at a proficient level, according to the company. The center will serve to support and share innovative solutions and best practices in reading, Target reported. The virtual aspect of Target’s reading center will ensure kids, parents and caring adults have access to interactive tools and reading resources, regardless of their location.