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Kohl’s plans to increase hiring for the holiday shopping season

Kohl’s, based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., operates 1,163 stores in 49 states.
Kohl’s, based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., operates 1,163 stores in 49 states. Bloomberg News

Kohl’s Corp. said it will hire more than 67,000 seasonal workers nationwide for the holiday shopping season, about a third more than last year’s 50,000.

The department store operator expects to hire an average of 50 associates per store, up 25 percent from a year ago. Kohl’s, based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., operates 1,163 stores in 49 states. It also expects to hire 9,300 people for jobs at its distribution centers and 670 people for seasonal positions in its credit operations.

A retailer’s hiring plans can indicate its expectations for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for 20 percent of the retail industry’s annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation.

FedEx Corp. also said it plans to increase holiday hiring. It said it expects to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle another record year for holiday season package deliveries. That’s more than double last year, when FedEx announced it would hire 20,000 seasonal workers.

UPS on Tuesday said it planned to hire up to 95,000 workers to help deliver packages during the busy holiday season — an increase from last year, when the company was caught unprepared for a surge in online shopping. UPS originally planned to hire 55,000 seasonal workers in 2013 but wound up adding 30,000 more to handle the jump in deliveries, which drove up costs and reduced profits.

UPS jobs in KC

UPS expects to hire more than 1,600 seasonal and long-term jobs in the Kansas City area, including part-time package handlers and supervisors, full- and part-time delivery and tractor-trailer drivers, and driver-helpers.

Information about the Kansas City area jobs and applications are at www.upsjobs.com or in person at two UPS locations: 14650 Santa Fe Trail Drive in Lenexa and 223 N. James St. in Kansas City, Kan.

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