Management

Workforce Management Solution Helps Kum & Go Reduce Costs, Lower Employee Turnover
March 21, 2019 at 11:05 am

Kum & Go is a 24/7 convenience store chain that operates 400-plus locations in the Midwest. Like many convenience store businesses that are open around the clock, Kum & Go was challenged with staffing issues. In particular, store general managers were being forced to pick up uncovered shifts when employees called out and didn't have…

Walmart to Release Private-Label Tablet
March 14, 2019 at 12:27 pm

Walmart is making its own tablet in a move that would pit it against other tech giants and retailers such as Apple and Amazon.com. The world’s largest retailer plans to introduce an inexpensive, kid-friendly tablet computer under its ONN store brand, part of a broader redesign of its electronics department, according to a report on Bloomberg.com. Walmart’s ONN…

Rite Aid to Cut Roughly 400 Jobs in Management Shake-Up
March 13, 2019 at 10:46 am

Rite Aid said on Tuesday its CEO would exit as part of a revamp of its leadership, and that it would cut about 400 corporate positions. Camp Hill, Pennsylvania-based Rite Aid said the layoffs will affect more than 20 percent of corporate positions located at the company’s headquarters and across field operations. The company expects annual…

Ross Stores to Add 100 Stores in 2019
March 12, 2019 at 9:42 am

Ross Stores will be opening 100 new store locations in 2019. So far this year, the Dublin, Calif. off-price department store chain has opened 22 Ross Dress for Less and six dd's Discounts stores across 12 different states. The new locations are part a company plan to add approximately 100 new stores, 75 Ross and 25 dd's…

Abercrombie & Fitch to Close Up to 40 Stores in 2019
March 11, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch said last week that it plans to close up to 40 stores by next February, with the majority of closures slated in the U.S.  Abercrombie, which also owns Hollister, has been closing stores regularly over the years. For example, over the last eight years, it has shuttered about 475…

How to Tackle Retail Absenteeism and Boost Employee Engagement in 2019
March 8, 2019 at 12:35 pm

Engaged and productive employees are critical to the success of any organization, but retailers in particular are dependent on having the right people in the right place at the right time. When associates don’t show up for work, their absence affects everything from staff morale to customer satisfaction, creating stress and hindering store performance. How…

Amazon to Shutter All 87 U.S. Pop-Up Stores
March 7, 2019 at 2:55 pm

Amazon.com is shutting down all 87 of its U.S. pop-up stores in April, ending the retailer’s years-long experiment with these small shops as it tinkers with an evolving brick-and-mortar strategy, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. Amazon has pop-ups inside Whole Foods locations, Kohl's stores and malls around the U.S. The shops let customers try…

Report: Amazon to Open its Own Chain of Grocery Stores
March 4, 2019 at 10:51 am

Amazon.com is planning to open a new grocery store chain in an effort to broaden its reach in the retail category, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Sources familiar with the project told WSJ that the online behemoth is planning to open dozens of grocery stores in several major U.S. cities, and the first…

Old Navy to Split From Gap Inc.
March 1, 2019 at 10:50 am

Gap Inc. yesterday announced plans to create two independent, publicly traded companies: Old Navy and a yet-to-be-named company ("NewCo") that will consist of the Gap brand, Athleta, Banana Republic, Intermix and Hill City. Gap said the spin-off will enable each company to maximize focus and flexibility, align investments and incentives to meet its unique business needs,…

L Brands to Shutter 53 Victoria's Secret Stores
February 28, 2019 at 12:40 pm

L Brands, owner of the lingerie chain, announced Wednesday plans to close 53 Victoria’s Secrets stores in North America this year, more than three times the 15 it has historically closed in an average year. Victoria’s Secret square footage in North America will drop by about 3 percent with this latest round of store closures. A weak…