Home Depot Embarks on Tech Hiring Spree
April 20, 2018 at 3:19 pm

Home Depot announced this week that it will hire more than 1,000 technology positions this year. Recode reported the home improvement retailer is using the hiring spree as a means to support an $11 billion multiyear investment plan to extend its lead in brick-and-mortar retail over competitors like Lowe’s as well as fend off increased…

Kroger to Hire 11,000 Workers, Raise Wages
April 13, 2018 at 10:43 am

Supermarket giant Kroger announced plans this week to hire about 11,000 workers even as it faces heated competition from Walmart and Amazon.com. It's the latest wave of hires for Kroger, which has created 22,000 positions in the past two years. Kroger operates more than 2,700 groceries in 35 states under a variety of names, including Smith's, Fred…

Target Settles Claims it Discriminated Against Blacks, Hispanics in Hiring Practices
April 6, 2018 at 1:27 pm

Target Corp has agreed to review its policies for screening job applicants and pay $3.74 million to settle a lawsuit claiming its use of criminal background checks kept thousands of blacks and Hispanics from obtaining employment. The preliminary settlement filed on Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan requires a judge’s approval. It resolves claims that…

Workplace Training Brings Competitive Advantage for Retailers
April 4, 2018 at 8:55 am

For the second year in a row, Axonify has released the results of its annual State of Workplace Training Study, conducted in December 2017 by global market research firm Ipsos. The study’s goal was to gain a comprehensive view of workplace training across different industries, including retail, and highlight the importance of providing the right kind of training to drive measurable business results.

New Executives Named at Jet.com, ModCloth, Tapestry
March 26, 2018 at 3:31 pm

A flurry of management changes have taken place at leading retailers recently, including Jet.com, ModCloth and Tapestry. Jet.com: Walmart's Jet.com has named Tesco veteran Simon Belsham as president of the e-commerce company, effective immediately, the company told CNBC on Monday. Belsham will be responsible for expanding Jet's online grocery business, Walmart E-Commerce CEO Marc Lore…

Whole Foods Execs Leaving As Amazon Takes Over
March 22, 2018 at 3:34 pm

Whole Foods has lost more than a dozen executives and senior managers since Amazon.com acquired it last summer, The Wall Street Journal has reported, citing former employees and recruiters helping them look for new jobs. Management departures are common when a company is bought, but one former employee told WSJ that "culturally, it's been a rough…

New Hiring Paradigm Sets Expectations for Immediate Results
March 7, 2018 at 11:58 am

In the past, most organizations considered at least the first three months to be a “honeymoon” period where new leaders absorbed the business and navigated the company culture. This seems to have shifted, particularly among the Fortune 100. A senior HR executive at a major automotive manufacturer recently summarized her view on the acculturation period for new leaders: “My honeymoon period for this job was, at best, two weeks. Our expectation is that we hire leaders and expect them to come in and make an immediate impact.”

How Target is Evolving for Retail’s Digital Future
February 28, 2018 at 1:54 pm

In an interview at the eTail West conference in Palm Springs, Calif., this morning, Bruce Starnes, vice president, digital solutions, Target, addressed how the big-box retailer is evolving its business to thrive in a changing retail environment. Starnes was interviewed by Jenny Kaplan, consumer goods reporter for Bloomberg.

Lowe's Launches Job-Training Pilot Program for Skilled Trades
February 26, 2018 at 2:06 pm

Lowe’s last week launched its Track to the Trades program, a workforce development initiative designed to provide support for employees who want to pursue job training for skilled trades. Lowe's has partnered with adult education program Guild Education on the Track to the Trades program. The initiative comes at a time when the skilled trade…

Home Improvement Chains Kick Off Spring Hiring Push
February 16, 2018 at 10:52 am

Home Depot and Lowe's are getting ready to hire about 133,000 workers between them as they prepare for the busy spring and summer seasons. Lowe's said Wednesday that it's looking to hire 53,000 seasonal workers and has announced plans for its first national hiring day on Feb. 21. The hiring goal is up from the 45,000…