© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Shoppers wait in line at Target on the Thanksgiving Day holiday in Burbank, California, November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn/File Photo
(Reuters) – U.S. retailers plan to hire thousands to boost staffing in their warehouses and distribution centers as they prepare for the crucial holiday shopping season.
Hiring of seasonal workers by U.S. retailers is set to drop to levels last seen in 2008, according to a report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, while holiday sales are estimated to grow at their slowest pace in five years.
Here is a list of companies that have announced hiring plans for this holiday season:
Retailers Hiring plans – Hiring plans –
Macy’s (NYSE:) 41,000
Bath & Body 2,500 N/A
1-800-Flowe 8,000 8,000
Kroger (NYSE:) “seeking to hire “seeking to
thousands of hire thousands
associates” of associates”