WAYNE, N.J., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Toys"R"Us® today announced plans to hire 45,000 employees to staff its stores and distribution centers nationwide as the company ramps up to meet the needs of gift-givers across all of its shopping channels this holiday season. This seasonal number is on par with hiring plans from last year. With traffic in Toys"R"Us stores and on its e-commerce site peaking in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the company's expanded holiday workforce plays a key role in delivering exceptional customer service and providing memorable shopping experiences.
"We're proud to create thousands of jobs across the country as we prepare for our busiest time of year in stores and online, while presenting opportunities for hardworking individuals to find a permanent position with our company," said Elizabeth Wood, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Toys"R"Us, Inc. "Toys"R"Us is the one-stop shop for gift-givers looking to fulfill kids' holiday wishes, and part of what differentiates us as a specialty retailer is having knowledgeable, toy-trained associates in stores to help parents find the perfect present for their child."
Hiring for positions in stores starts this week and will continue through December. Seasonal workers at Toys"R"Us stores fill a variety of positions ranging from sales associates to inventory replenishment employees, all of whom play an important part in bringing joy to kids everywhere on Christmas morning. Additional seasonal jobs are available, including those designated specifically to help fulfill orders resulting from the company's robust omnichannel offerings. Dedicated omnichannel teams work to ensure customers receive their purchases quickly and efficiently for a seamless in-store and online shopping experience.
Employment opportunities are also available at the company's 10 distribution centers across the country, which began hiring in July and will continue through November. Interested applicants should visit the company's dedicated Careers website, Ruscareers.com, for a full list of available jobs, descriptions and to apply.
Many seasonal employees find that working for THE toy authority during Christmastime is not only fun, exciting and fast-paced, but also a rewarding experience – whether assisting mom in checking off items on her little one's wish list or witnessing children's enchantment as they tour the toy aisles. In fact, last year close to 7,000 workers returned from previous holiday seasons to once again provide their knowledge and expertise. In addition, every year there are opportunities for high-performing, dependable temporary workers to assume extended roles and many have stayed on to work with the world's leading dedicated toy retailer year-round. Last year, 15 percent of the seasonal workforce retained permanent positions with the company after the holiday season ended.
The company is looking for hardworking, friendly, customer service-focused individuals to join its seasonal team and welcomes all qualified candidates to apply for positions. As part of its commitment to employing a diverse workforce, this year, Toys"R"Us, Inc. has expanded its partnership with the National Organization on Disability to seek out dedicated workers for jobs available at the company's 10 distribution centers. Additionally, last year the specialty retailer hired more than 1,500 current and retired military service members for holiday positions with Toys"R"Us, and remains committed to supporting members of the armed forces.
Seasonal jobs offer employees part-time, flexible work schedules during the week, weeknights and weekends. Toys"R"Us also provides existing employees the opportunity to take on additional hours throughout the holiday season at their current site or at an alternate Toys"R"Us location.
For all the latest news about the 2013 Holiday Season at Toys"R"Us, visit "R" Holiday Press Room at http://www.toysrusinc.com/press-room/2013-r-holiday-press-room.
About Toys"R"Us, Inc.
Toys"R"Us, Inc. is the world's leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 877 Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 690 international stores and over 170 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand's flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys"R"Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys"R"Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys"R"Us, Babies"R"Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.
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