Home Improvement Retailer Lowe's to Hire This Many People This Year

12:49 01/07/2019

Lowe's announced at the beginning of the month that it plans to hire over 65,000 new workers in 2019. Some of these workers will be permanent and some will be temporary. Of the workers, 50,000 will be seasonal, and 10,000 will be permanent associates. Around 6,000 people will be hired as full-time assistant store managers as well as department supervisors. “We are sharpening our focus on retail fundamentals and simplifying our business,” said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO. “We are investing in key leadership positions across our stores to enhance customer service while also creating jobs that will improve the availability of our most popular products, transform our technology infrastructure and provide more access for customers to the home improvement expertise of our store Associates," he added. The company's press release reads as follows: More than 50,000 seasonal positions as Lowe’s positions itself as the go-to home improvement retailer for customers’ spring indoor and outdoor projects. These seasonal positions will be posted to Lowes.com/careersbeginning mid-January for certain locations. Nearly 10,000 permanent associates as part of a Merchandising Service Team (MST) focused on best-in-class inventory management, which includes the execution of critical tasks such as general bay service and resets. The implementation of the MST will improve in-stock availability and allow Red Vest associates to spend more time serving customers by reducing time spent on tasks. Approximately 6,000 full-time assistant store manager and department supervisor roles to improve customer service and leadership. More than 2,000 technology roles, including software engineers, data scientists and other digital positions, to build and enhance core technology capabilities and deliver on our omnichannel strategy. The first 500 of these technology positions will be posted and filled throughout 2019. It was roughly two months ago that Lowe's revealed it would be closing underperforming stores in the United States and Canada. In the U.S. the home improvement chain will close 20 stores and in Canada it will close 30 stores. The closures are to be completed by February 1st. The FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company also said that it plans to get rid of some “in-store support functions,” like its Project Specialist Interiors program.0

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