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Plan for the Unexpected: A Strategy for Retailers Entering the Holiday Shopping Season
November 16, 2020 at 11:56 am

Holiday shopping in the COVID era will be unlike anything modern retailers and consumers have experienced. With deals beginning in October and extending through December, U.S. retailers are downplaying the importance of Black Friday. Instead, they're focusing on making every day of the 2020 holiday season count. When it comes to the impact of COVID-19,…

An Adaptable Workforce: How Retailers Can Stay Ahead in an Evolving Industry
October 27, 2020 at 1:02 pm

The retail industry is always evolving, and these days, change is coming at a faster pace than ever before. Over the past 10 years, spending patterns and customer expectations were shifting quickly, and this was before COVID-19 changed the game forever. As the sector continues to adapt its business model in real time, retailers will…

Target to Pay More Than $70M in Bonuses to Hourly Employees
October 21, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Target said earlier this week that it will spend more than $70 million on another round of employee bonuses during the coronavirus pandemic, as the holiday shopping season picks up. The retailer will pay $200 to its more than 350,000 employees who work at stores, distribution centers and contact centers. It will pay the bonuses by early…

Amazon Employees Petitioned for Paid Time Off to Vote
October 14, 2020 at 5:05 pm

Amazon.com workers are signing an internal petition asking the company to give them paid time off to vote in the United States election, CNBC reported. The petition requests Amazon provide its entire U.S. workforce with paid time off to vote on or before election day. According to CNBC, more than 4,000 Amazon employees have signed…

For Food Retailers, Maintaining Employee Morale is Key to Weathering a Crisis
October 8, 2020 at 6:10 pm

Many retail categories saw an uptick in online sales over the past couple of months. By mid-April, U.S. retailers’ year-over-year revenue growth was at 68 percent. Buy online, pick up in-store (BOPIS) orders also experienced quite the surge. In fact, Walmart Grocery quickly became the No. 1 most downloaded shopping app in early April. However,…

Kohl's to Reduce Corporate Staff by 15% in Cost-Cutting Move
September 17, 2020 at 11:56 am

After six months of slumped sales because of the coronavirus pandemic, Kohl's announced this week that it was reducing its corporate workforce by around 15 percent. The department store chain has taken a hit during the pandemic that closed all of its more than 1,100 stores this spring. Net sales were down 32.8 percent in the six…

Leadership, Remote Team Building, Becoming Better Allies
June 12, 2020 at 7:14 pm

Welcome to this week's Retail Resources, which features a curated list of the best content and resources I've found for you over the past week. This week, I offer information and resources about leadership, remote team building tools and perks, more ways to fight racism and become better allies, and more. If there's anything you would…

Amazon to Offer Permanent Roles to 125,000 New Hires
May 28, 2020 at 5:47 pm

Amazon.com plans to offer permanent jobs to about 70 percent of the U.S. workforce it has hired temporarily to meet consumer demand during the coronavirus pandemic, the company told Reuters on Thursday. The world’s largest online retailer will begin telling 125,000 warehouse employees that they can keep their roles longer term. The remaining 50,000 workers…

Amazon, Target Workers Plan 'Sickouts' Over Coronavirus Safety Concerns
April 23, 2020 at 5:39 pm

Amazon.com and Target employees, on the front lines of COVID-19, are leading nationwide efforts to draw attention to the health risks they face delivering groceries and other critical supplies to Americans. Their approach? Planned sickouts. More than 350 Amazon warehouse workers in 50 locations pledged to call out from their jobs starting Tuesday, according to Athena, a coalition…