NRF Foundation Launches RISE Up, a New Job Training Program
January 16, 2017 at 9:34 am

The NRF Foundation announced yesterday at the retail trade association's annual Big Show event in New York City that it has brought together dozens of retailers and nonprofits to launch RISE Up (Retail Industry Skills & Education), a new training and credentialing initiative designed by the retail industry to help people acquire the skills they…

Amazon Plans to Create 100,000 U.S. Jobs by 2018
January 13, 2017 at 9:16 am

Amazon.com announced plans to create 100,000 full-time, full-benefit jobs in the U.S. over the next 18 months. The new jobs are for people all across the country and with all types of experience, education and skill levels — from engineers and software developers to those seeking entry-level positions. Many of the roles will be in…

An Analysis of Retail Executives’ Salaries
January 11, 2017 at 5:29 pm

As part of our continuing coverage of Total Retail’s Salary Benchmark Report, this article focuses specifically on the salaries of C-suite retail executives — CEO/president/founder; chief marketing officer; C-level exec other than CEOs and CMOs; and vice president. The Salary Benchmark Report was produced after an online survey was sent to Total Retail’s audience over…

Does Education Level Affect Retail Executives’ Salaries?
January 4, 2017 at 11:10 am

It's time for our next installment of coverage from Total Retail's Salary Benchmark Report. This week we examine how a retail executive's level of education impacts his or her salary (see the chart below). As a reminder, the Salary Benchmark Report was produced after an online survey was sent to Total Retail’s audience over a two-week…

Bed Bath & Beyond Target of Class-Action Suit Over Overtime Pay
December 20, 2016 at 11:30 am

Bed Bath & Beyond is being sued by a group of New Jersey workers who claim the company has been shorting its employees of overtime pay for years. The class-action lawsuit accuses the company of violating New Jersey's Wage and Hour Law by not paying some of its employees time-and-a-half for hours worked over 40 hours. The salaried employees were allegedly…

Retail Hiring Falls 14% in October, November
December 13, 2016 at 10:37 am

Retail job gains in October and November totaled 521,800, 14 percent fewer than the 604,300 retail jobs added during the period last year, according to recently released data from Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. In November, retail employment grew by 371,500, but was 9.3 percent below last year, the lowest November increase since 2010. October was…

Total Retail Releases First Annual Salary Benchmark Report
December 13, 2016 at 9:15 am

I have some exciting news to share with you! Total Retail is announcing the release of its first annual Salary Benchmark Report, which is comprised of data analyzing key statistics on retail executives’ salaries, benefits and views on career growth potential. Over the years, Total Retail's audience has asked us for comprehensive salary information to…

Judge Blocks Overtime Rule; Retailers Cheer Decision
November 23, 2016 at 10:30 am

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million salaried workers from taking effect, imperiling one of the outgoing president's signature achievements for boosting wages. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant, in Sherman, Texas, agreed with 21 states and a coalition of business groups, including the…

Tips for Hiring Seasonal Staff
November 10, 2016 at 12:04 pm

When it comes to holiday hiring, play the long game. Look for people who fulfill the immediate need, but also keep an eye out for people with the skills and competencies necessary to move up in your organization. That way, when a leadership position becomes available, you’ll have internal candidates at the ready. To quickly determine job fit, readiness and potential this holiday season, try adding assessments to your hiring process.

Amazon's Hiring for the Holidays
October 14, 2016 at 9:24 am

Amazon.com is planning to add 120,000 seasonal workers this holiday season. The company created the seasonal positions in an effort to meet an expected spike in demand as more people trade in-store shopping for online. Jobs will be created at fulfillment centers, sorting centers and customer service sites in 27 states. The move marks a…