Online Sales? Brick-and-Mortar Retail Still King

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Are you in retail? Do you work in brick-and-mortar store locations? Do you ever get worried that online sales sites such as Amazon are endangering the future of your business? Does the growth in online shopping concern you? Do you ever think that, just maybe, Cyber Monday might completely replace Black Friday? Many retail businesses are concerned about the rise in online shopping among American consumers. But reports of brick-and-mortar’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Though online shopping is growing, that doesn’t mean that people aren’t shopping in person. That’s why online shopping accounts for only 6 percent of all retail sales. Read on

Reduce Your Expensive Turnover with Good Hiring

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Are you involved in the retail or services sector? Have you been hiring lately—especially as the holiday season ramps up? The economy has been improving lately for all sectors of business, including retail. But that means that turnover is increasing too. In fact, in 2012 20 percent of American retail companies experienced growth in turnover. So what does that mean for hiring managers or HR people? Well, you should know that it’s incredibly expensive to replace a worker. It can cost up to $4,291 to replace an hourly worker—that’s equivalent to 3 months of pay for a full-time employee who works at $8 an hour! Read on

Holiday Retail Hiring Looks Optimistic

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Does your company depend on the holiday season? Do you need the Christmas shopping season to make sure that you pay the bills? Are you curious how the economy is doing, and how the government shutdown might have effected retail hitting for 2013? What does the forecast look like for Q4 2013? Well, the numbers are beginning to come in, and it looks like it may be good news for once. In fact, signs point to the highest levels of retail holiday hiring in 14 years. That means this Christmas will be one to remember. Read on

Only A Few Shopping Days Left Til Christmas: Retail Forecasts

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Are you involved in retail? Does your business depend on the holiday season? Are you concerned about the upcoming 2013 holiday season? Is Santa going to come this year for all the good boys and girls? There are lots of businesses that are getting worried about the upcoming Christmas shopping season. And there are reasons to be a little nervous. First of all, Thanksgiving is very late this year. Because there are five Thursdays in November, Thanksgiving falls near the end of the month—on the 28th. That leaves less than 30 shopping days between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. Read on

Don’t Let Your Interview Process Suck!

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Is your business looking to hire more workers—like for the upcoming holiday shopping season, for instance? Is your HR gearing up to do interviews and screening applications? Are you dreading the interviewing process? Well, let’s face it—interviews kind of suck. But the good news is that you can improve your interviews, too, so that they’re more beneficial for both the applicants and for your business. Ready to learn more about how to improve your interviews? Here are three tips for better interviews: Read on

What the US Government Shutdown Means for Retailers

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Are you worried about the recent government shutdown? Do you find yourself concerned about the lingering effects of how the federal gridlock might impact retail businesses? You’re not alone. Lots of companies are worried—and probably for good reason. Up to 29% of surveyed shoppers said they might change their spending habits or plans in response to the uncertainty brought on by the United States’ recent federal shutdown. But are things really as drastic as they appear? Other sources say it might even benefit retailers this holiday season. Read on