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Target ups holiday hiring for stores by 20%

BY Marianne Wilson

Target Corp. isn’t taking any chances for the upcoming holiday season.

The discounter plans to hire approximately 120,000 seasonal associates to work in its 1,839 stores across the U.S., which is a 20% increase over last year. It will also offer current store associates the chance to work extra hours.

In addition, Target plans to hire 7,500 seasonal associates for its distribution and fulfillment centers to replenish product to stores and fulfill online orders. The chain revealed its holiday hiring plans the day after Macy’s announced it will hire 80,000 seasonal workers as it looks to a “strong and successful” holiday shopping season.

“Coming off a strong second quarter, we’re anticipating a busy holiday season and want to make sure we have the right teams in place across all of our stores and distribution and fulfillment centers to deliver an exceptional experience for our guests,” stated Janna Potts, Target’s chief stores officer.

Target noted that, as of Sept. 16, it will offer a minimum hourly wage starting at $12 an hour to all associates, including seasonal hires. And new this year, the chain will award one hourly team member in each of its stores and distribution centers the chance to donate $500 to the local community organization of their choice — along with a $500 Target GiftCard for themselves.

Target will host its third annual seasonal hiring events on Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. local time at every Target store.

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