Target ups holiday hiring by 40%

Target to Hire More Than 100000 Extra Workers for Holiday Season Rush

NEW YORK (AP) - Target is hiring 100,000 people to work during the hectic holiday shopping season, up 40 percent from a year ago.

( TGT ) is gearing up for the upcoming holiday season by saying it plans to hire about 100,000 seasonal workers across the country. The workers will stock shelves, help customers, pack and load products and fill online orders.

Online orders have soared since the Minneapolis company strengthened its digital business and increased the speed of deliveries. It would be a 40 percent increase in the number of temporary workers.

Prospective hires can also apply online.

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Both companies are trying to hold their own against Amazon.com, which is encroaching on multiple fronts.

The company announced Wednesday that the jobs will be in stores and distribution and fulfillment centers. The retailer said that, based on the success of last year's seasonal hiring events, it will host similar programs at all of its 1,816 stores nationwide on Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15.

Every holiday season, businesses in the retail industry compete to find temporary employees needed for the surge in sales.

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.

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