Macy's to Create 3,500 Jobs Within Two Years
Retailers have learned plenty about the new kind of shopper that has evolved from the current economy. Consequently sales have bounced back -- both in terms of in-store shopping and through the hunt for discounts and sweetened incentives on the Web. Such online discount hunting has been fueled, as of late, by the influence of sites such as Groupon.
It's no surprise then that Macy's announced it will be creating 3,500 jobs in the next two years, and that 725 of them will be for its online division, reports USA Today. Those opportunities will come in the form of full-time, part-time, and seasonal jobs.
Macy's online sales surged 29 percent during the first 10 months of fiscal year 2010. Their online division already has 420 workers based in their New York City office, and the plans are to add another 260. In addition, the San Francisco office of their online division already has some 300 workers, and the retailer will be beefing that up with another 300.
Nationally, online shopping has evolved from an after-thought to a mainstream consumer habit. A new study from Forrester Research, reports Tech.Blorge, projects that by 2014, online sales in the United States will reach about $248.7 billion. This would account for about 8 percent of all domestic retail purchases. Should gasoline prices keep rising, that forecast might prove to be a significant underestimate.
Jane Genova http://janegenova.com began focusing on transitions when the academic market collapsed as she was writing her dissertation in linguistics and literature at the University of Michigan. After re-establishing herself in the public relations industry, she gradually published on the subject. Her first piece was on The Professional Woman in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. Since then, she co-authored the book THE CRITICAL 14 YEARS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE and myriad e-books and articles on career subjects ranging from emotional intelligence to aging. In the 1980s she attempted another change by attending Harvard Law School. She didn’t complete the degree but channeled that experience into maintaining a legal blog [http://lawandmore.typepad.com] housed at the Library of Congress.