Hiring Leadership Strategies

Holiday Hiring is Well Underway. How Are Retailers Shifting?
November 2, 2020 at 3:42 pm

The holiday shopping season will look a lot different in the age of COVID-19. For one, U.S. e-commerce sales are expected to grow 18 percent to $709.8 billion this year, according to a June report from eMarketer. However, despite the fact that shopping will largely take place online this year, seasonal hiring isn't slowing down.…

Target Pledges to Increase Number of Black Employees by 20% Over 3 Years
September 14, 2020 at 9:21 pm

In conjunction with the release of a racial and gender breakdown of its team across all levels of the company, Target last week announced plans to increase representation of Black team members by 20 percent over the next three years by sharpening its focus on advancement, retention and hiring. Target said it has had diversity and inclusion…

COVID-19 Resources: Leadership, Data, Employment Info., and Fun Stuff
May 3, 2020 at 7:36 pm

Welcome to this week's Retail Resources blog post, a curated list of the best content and resources I've seen over the past week that I hope will help you navigate through the coronavirus pandemic. This week I offer information about leadership, interesting data, employment information, and fun stuff that will hopefully help improve your spirits!…

Culture Fit or Culture ‘Adds’? Embrace the Chaos
September 6, 2019 at 10:30 am

How many times have we been advised to find the “right cultural fit” when involved in a hiring process, regardless of industry? Historically this is usually the place a hiring manager begins when embarking upon a hiring process. Often organizations default to evaluating talent in terms of similarities in background, experience, interests, etc. However, research…

An Inside Look at the State of Retail Talent
May 17, 2019 at 11:11 am

According to the latest sales forecast from the National Retail Federation, retail sales are expected to increase between 3.8 percent and 4.4 percent this year. For retailers looking to snag a piece of the $3.8 trillion pie, hiring qualified retail talent who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the business will be key. In fact, according…

Curiosity and Being Current: Why it's More Important Now and Should Increase With Age and Experience
November 13, 2018 at 1:19 pm

When we asked friends and colleagues what's the most important skill for consistent and continued success in business, they gave a multiplicity of answers including leadership and management skills, brains, and creativity. However the leading response from this group was curiosity. Many defined curiosity as the impulse to seek new information and experiences, the desire…

Commitment to Hiring Veterans Leads to Nine Line Apparel's Success
October 27, 2018 at 8:51 pm

In episode 169 of Total Retail Talks, Matt Lyda, head of business development at Nine Line Apparel, talks about how a commitment to hiring military veterans throughout its organization has been core to the online apparel brand's growth.

Seasonal Jobs: What Retail Employers Need to Know for the 2018 Holiday Season
October 4, 2018 at 9:06 am

Not to be confused with gig economy jobs like driving for Uber or picking up groceries for Instacart, a seasonal job is classified as temporary employment that's available part of the year. Retailers hire extra workers to cope with seasonal demands, and the part-time structure makes it ideal for college students seeking extra money during…

The Secret Behind Lamps Plus’ Employee Loyalty
September 27, 2018 at 12:21 pm

Employees are quitting at record rates, according to a recent U.S. Labor Department report, but Lamps Plus employees are staying the longest in its product category. Employees of the designer, manufacturer and retailer of portable lighting, fixture lighting and home décor products have an average tenure of eight years, based on LinkedIn data. So how…