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1-800-Flowers sets holiday plans

BY Marianne Wilson

1-800-Flowers Inc. is getting a jump start on what is expected to be a very competitive holiday hiring market.

The flower, gourmet food and gift delivery company said it plans to hire more than 8,000 seasonal employees for various positions across its gourmet food brands for the holiday season in a move that will nearly quadruple its nationwide workforce. 1-800-Flowers said hiring is already underway at its Harry & David, Cheryl’s Cookies and The Popcorn Factory businesses.

Seasonal positions vary by brand and include full-time and part-time roles in areas such as production, gift assembly and retail, as well as call center, distribution and fulfillment center operations, among others. The majority of the seasonal positions are available throughout Illinois, Ohio and Oregon. Seasonal associates may be considered for permanent positions once the holiday season concludes, the company said.

“As a company, we are deeply focused on providing a best-in-class experience to our customers, and we count on our seasonal associates to play an incredibly valuable role in helping us deliver smiles,” said Maureen Paradine, senior VP, human resources, 1-800-Flowers. “In this highly competitive job market, we’re offering qualified candidates some terrific incentives to join our team and to enjoy a rewarding role working as part of our family of all-star gourmet food brands.”

1-800-Flowers owns a variety of gift brands, including Harry & David, Moose Munch, The Popcorn Factory, Wolferman’s, Cheryl’s Cookies and more. In August, it acquired Shari’s Berries in a bankruptcy auction.

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