Hiring

3 Regulatory Trends That Will Define Retail Background Checks in 2024
February 6, 2024 at 8:53 am

Running background checks has never been straightforward in the retail industry, and 2024 will be no exception. Employers nationwide will continue to face an ever-changing landscape of laws and regulations that will require both vigilance and foresight to navigate with confidence. Proceeding without attentiveness and care is likely to result in complications for even the…

Hiring Seasonal Employees: 3 Strategies for Business Owners
November 28, 2023 at 2:06 pm

The time leading up to the holidays is stressful for retailers. With the season accounting for about 27 percent of total retail sales — and more than a third in some categories — providing an experience that keeps customers online, in stores and spending can make or break a retailer’s profitability for the entire year.…

How Earned Wage Access Could Give Retailers a Hiring Boost for the Holidays
October 31, 2023 at 9:16 am

Over the last few weeks, major retailers like Macy’s, Target, and Dick’s Sporting Goods have announced their seasonal hiring plans for the 2024 holiday season. In stark contrast to last year, which saw them struggling to hire enough workers to meet demand, many of them are hiring for about the same number of positions or…

How to Find the Right Seasonal Workers for the Holiday Rush
October 23, 2023 at 12:23 pm

Businesses, especially those in the service and retail sectors, know all too well the consequences of hiring the wrong employees. Workplace misconduct like theft, violence, harassment and other disruptive behaviors can wreak havoc on a company's bottom line. Take employee theft, for example. This category of misconduct is accompanied by a $50 billion dollar a…

How At Home, Bandier, and Build-A-Bear Workshop Are Recruiting Diverse Talent
October 9, 2023 at 8:23 am

Studies have proven that more diverse teams and organizations perform better. Yet progress with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives remains stubbornly slow for far too many organizations. During a panel session at Total Retail Tech last month, three leaders from At Home, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and Bandier discussed how their companies have been working to…

Gearing Up for a Great Holiday Season
October 4, 2023 at 10:57 am

As the thermometer drops and the holiday season draws closer, that signals the beginning of a slew of opportunities for retailers in the coming months. However, despite the promise of the holiday shopping rush to help retailers’ bottom lines and set businesses on course for a successful new year, it's imperative for them to consider…

Leveraging the Work Opportunity Tax Credit to Bolster Holiday Season Hiring
September 21, 2023 at 11:51 am

If you've spent any time at a major retailer recently you know the holiday season is rapidly approaching. Retailers all over the United States are preparing for what's typically their busiest time of the year. However, this year, retailers are finding it difficult to find qualified employees to fill their seasonal hiring needs due to…

US Retailer Holiday Hiring to Drop to Lowest Level Since 2008
September 18, 2023 at 12:45 pm

U.S. retailers will hire the lowest number of seasonal workers for this holiday season since 2008, due to increased labor costs and shaky consumer confidence, according to a report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas provided exclusively to Reuters. Retailers are expected to add just 410,000 seasonal jobs this season, according to an analysis of non-seasonally…

Tapping Into Gen Z's 'Gig Economy' Labor Pool
September 6, 2023 at 8:15 pm

As the overall quit rate continues to rise and the labor market further tightens, retailers across the country find it extremely difficult to hire enough well-trained workers to deliver a good customer experience. But while many generations are shrinking in the workforce, Gen Z is a rapidly growing generation eager to work and ready to…

How Green Jobs Can Create Lasting Change
May 16, 2023 at 7:16 pm

Over 90 percent of the impact most consumer goods companies have on the environment can be attributed to their supply chains. Emissions from supply chains are 11.4 times higher than a company’s own operational emissions, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). That is more than double previous estimates. And since the past eight years…