"Macy's, Inc. is building one of the largest, most efficient and resourceful e-commerce organizations in American retailing as part of our comprehensive omnichannel strategy," President and CEO Terry Lundgren said, according to The Enquirer. "Having the right talent in the right place is vital as we seek to sustain and accelerate our sales growth online, as well as in the stores."
Some of these positions will be added at Macy's merchandising and marketing organizations in New York City by roughly 260 positions over the next two years. Macy's added that it has signed a lease for additional office space on Broadway in Midtown Manhattan, the paper further reported. The retailer also expects to add 200 jobs or so during the next two years at its site development and operations organization near Union Square in San Francisco.
In total, Macy's predicted that it will add roughly 3,500 full-time, part-time and seasonal holiday employees during the next two years thanks to the growth of the firm's online business. These jobs include a new online fulfillment center that will be built near Martinsburg, WV and the expansion of a fulfillment center in Tennessee -- both moves had been previously announced.
The growth in Macy's online sales has been impressive. In the first 10 months of fiscal 2010, The Enquirer reported, the retailer saw online sales increase roughly 29% compared to a year earlier. In fiscal 2009, growth was 20%, and in fiscal 2008 growth was 29%.