Personnel

Target Becomes Latest Retailer to Offer Employees Free College Tuition
August 4, 2021 at 4:55 pm

Following in the footsteps of one of its largest competitors, Target announced Wednesday that it would cover the cost of college for its more than 340,000 U.S.-based part-time and full-time employees working in Target stores, distribution centers and headquarters beginning this fall. The move comes days after Walmart announced it would cover college tuition and books…

Walmart to Pay 100% of College Tuition and Books for its Associates
July 28, 2021 at 10:46 am

In an effort to help curb soaring student loan debts, Walmart announced this week that it will pay 100 percent of college tuition and book costs for its associates, starting Aug. 16. Walmart, the largest U.S. private employer, will drop its existing $1-per-day fee for associates who participate in its Live Better U education program. About 1.5 million…

Kohl's to Give Bonuses to Hourly Employees That Work Through the Holidays
July 6, 2021 at 3:10 pm

Kohl's Corp. is giving an extra few hundred dollars to hourly employees at its stores and distribution centers to keep staff with the retailer through the holiday season. Hourly store, distribution center and e-commerce fulfillment center associates will be eligible for a $100 to $400 bonus for working with Kohl's through the holiday season, the company…

Andy Jassy Officially Takes Over as Amazon CEO From Jeff Bezos
July 5, 2021 at 7:32 pm

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos on Monday handed over his CEO title to Andy Jassy, ending a more than two-decade run leading the company through its evolution from online bookseller to $1.75 trillion global retail, logistics and internet behemoth. Bezos has served as the CEO of Amazon since founding the company exactly 27 years ago on July 5, 1994 .…

Walmart's New App Designed to Empower Store Associates
June 7, 2021 at 6:28 pm

Walmart has launched Me@Walmart, an app for U.S. store associates designed to simplify daily tasks as well as empower them to easily serve customers and plan for life outside of work. The app's features include scheduling, enabling associates to easily view their shifts up to two weeks in advance; a mobile clock-in feature; push-to-talk, which enables…

Under Armour Raises Wages for Hourly Workers to $15
May 31, 2021 at 7:25 pm

Under Armour announced that it's raising wages for hourly retail workers to $15 in the United States and Canada. As a result of the move, more than 8,000 part-time and full-time employees — approximately 90 percent of Under Armour's retail and distribution center workforce — will see a compensation increase. The increases, which could be as…

Amazon Launches Program to Reduce Worker Injuries
May 18, 2021 at 4:42 pm

Amazon.com announced on Tuesday the launch of WorkingWell, a new comprehensive program providing employees with physical and mental activities, wellness exercises, and healthy eating support that are scientifically proven to help them recharge and re-energize, and ultimately reduce the risk of injury. According to a company press release, the program is part of Amazon's investment…

J.C. Penney Cuts 650 Jobs, Reducing Associate Count to About 50,000
May 6, 2021 at 7:41 pm

J.C. Penney's new owners, Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management, announced last week that they have cut the corporate staff of more than 3,500 by about 100 people. In addition, field operation was cut by 550 people. When J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection in May 2020, there were about 84,000 associates employed y the…

With E-Commerce Growth Slowing, Retailers Need AI to Make it Profitable and Permanent
May 4, 2021 at 2:40 pm

During the pandemic-induced online shopping boom, retailers invested in e-commerce capabilities out of necessity. As consumers shifted to retailers with online ordering, merchants were scrambling to provide new digital order and delivery options. These investments helped capture more market share, but now that stores are reopening and there's little market share remaining to capture, retailers…