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Target Bumps Up Holiday Hiring By 40 Percent This Year

Target Corp. said it will hold nationwide hiring events from Oct. 13 through Oct. 15

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    This May 3, 2017, file photo shows the logo on a Target store in Upper Saint Clair, Pa. Target said it plans to hire about 100,000 workers for the 2017 holiday season, up from the 70,000 it hired a year ago.

    Target is hiring 100,000 people to work during the hectic holiday shopping season, up 40 percent from last year.

    The retailer said Wednesday that the seasonal hires, an increase of 30,000 workers from the 70,000 people it hired last year, will stock shelves at its more than 1,800 stores or fulfill online orders that customers pick up in stores. In addition, it plans to hire 4,500 people to help pack and ship online orders at its warehouses.

    Online orders have soared since the Minneapolis company strengthened its digital business and increased the speed of deliveries. Target revealed last month that online sales jumped 32 percent during the second quarter. Rival Walmart also reported a surge in online orders as well.

    Both companies are trying to hold their own against Amazon.com, which is encroaching on multiple fronts. The Seattle company acquired Whole Foods over the summer, not only putting it in direct competition with the grocery operations of Target and Walmart, but also providing hundreds of new locations from which to deliver goods to customers.

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    Representatives for Walmart did not immediately respond for comment on their seasonal hiring plans.

    Best Buy said that while they do increase hiring during the holiday season they do not publicly release specific numbers. Macy's said that they will hire about 80,000 workers, which is roughly in line with last year's numbers. Kohl's has no information to release at this time.

    Last week, Target said that it would slash prices on cereal, paper towels and thousands of other items. The company said Wednesday that it wants to ensure that the experience for customers is seamless at stores.

    Target Corp. said it will hold nationwide hiring events from Oct. 13 through Oct. 15.

    --NBC’s Teddy Grant contributed to this story.