US department store Macy’s plans to fill about 725 new positions over the next two years to assist with the growth of its online business.
Online sales have been of increasing importance to retailers as more and more people are deciding to shop online due to the convenience, as well as to take advantage of discounts and free shipping deals.
Macy’s said its online sales climbed about 29 percent in the first 10 months of fiscal 2010.
The retailer, which runs bloomingdales.com and macys.com, said Tuesday that approximately 260 of the jobs will be in New York City. The positions will be for macys.com and will concentrate on merchandising and marketing.
Macy’s currently has about 420 macys.com workers in New York.
About 200 macys.com positions will be added in downtown San Francisco at its site development and operations facility. There are currently more than 300 macys.com workers at the location.
Macy’s systems and technology group plans to add approximately 150 jobs at its Johns Creek campus in suburban Atlanta, which would boost that work force to more than 1,200 people.
Bloomingdales.com expects to add about 115 positions at its merchandising, marketing and operations facility in New York City. It currently has about 200 workers there.
When accounting for full-time, part-time and seasonal help, the retailer anticipates adding almost 3,500 jobs in the next two years.
That includes Macy’s previous announcement that it is building a new $150 million online fulfillment center near Martinsburg, W. Va., and will hire 1,900 full- and part-time employees there. The company is also expanding a fulfillment center near Portland, Tenn.
Macy’s has corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York. It runs about 850 department stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico under the Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s names. The company also has four Bloomingdale’s outlet stores.