Target bumps up holiday hiring by 40% this year

Target plans to hire 100,000 workers for the 2017 holidays up 40% from last year

Target plans to hire 100,000 workers for the 2017 holidays up 40% from last year

( TGT ) said it plans to hire approximately 100,000 team members across the country for the upcoming holiday season.

Target past year hired 70,000 in-store workers for the holiday period, hiring cautiously along with others such as Macy's Inc M.N. , as most retailers planned for subdued sales amid growing competition from Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O .

Target will also hire 4,500 team members at the company's distribution and fulfillment centers to replenish products to stores and fulfill digital sales throughout the season.

The Minneapolis-based retailer will hold hiring events October 13 to 15 at every store for the holiday push.

Seasonal employees will get a 10% discount on all Target merchandise and a 20% "wellness discount" on fruits, vegetables, Simply Balanced foods and athletic gear. Shares have traded down almost 20% since the start of 2017.

Target said last month it will roll out ship-from-store facility to more stores ahead of the holiday season, allowing more than 1,400 stores to ship products directly to customers.

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