The Home Depot announced today that it would add more than 80,000 temporary positions in stores and distribution centers around the nation for its spring selling season. This is roughly the same number of seasonal hires the company made last year. Jobs are available in customer service and sales, lot associates, freight and receiving, store support, and cashier positions, Home Depot said. The company is also hiring for its “Merchandising Execution Team,” which sets up merchandising displays. The company currently has about 400,000 employees working in nearly 2,000 stores in the United States, in addition to 75 distribution facilities. Last year, about half the seasonal hires went on to become permanent employees.
Total Retail’s Take: Finally some good news coming out of the retail space. The fact that Home Depot is hiring is an indication that it's expecting a busy spring season, typically the busiest of the year for the home improvement retailer. It’s also reflective of the fact that Home Depot is doing well financially right now. Last month, it closed the books on a record fiscal year in which sales and earnings both trounced management's initial forecasts.