Retail Turns to AI to Curb Employee Turnover
August 31, 2018 at 12:45 pm

The rate of turnover in the retail industry (13 percent) is among the highest in the country — second only to the tech sector (software) at 13.2 percent. While the digitization of retail and advent of e-commerce is inevitably taking more workers off the sales floor and into back-channel positions (e.g., telecom sales reps), the…

2 Ex-Employees Sue Nike, Alleging Gender Discrimination
August 13, 2018 at 1:36 pm

Two women have filed a class-action lawsuit against Nike Inc., alleging it discriminated against them in pay and career advancement, according to a report in Friday's Wall Street Journal. The suit was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore., by two former employees, Kelly Cahill and Sara Johnston, who said that they endured a…

Nike to Raise Wages for Thousands After Inequality Claims
July 24, 2018 at 11:04 am

More than 7,000 Nike employees will be getting raises after an internal pay review, undertaken after claims of workplace misconduct and discrimination against women shook the company and forced out several of its top executives. Nike cast the pay changes as part of its effort to maintain a corporate culture “in which employees feel included and…

Walmart Will Pay for its Workers to Earn College Degrees
May 30, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Walmart announced this week it would pay for its workers to enroll in college courses, online or on campus, to earn degrees in business or supply chain management. The New York Times reports full- and part-time Walmart workers can use the tuition subsidy to take courses at the University of Florida; Brandman University in Irvine,…

Billionaire Toy Maker's Bid to Save Toys"R"Us Stores Rejected
April 19, 2018 at 4:09 pm

Toys“R”Us Inc.’s lawyers and advisers have shot down an 11th-hour offer from a billionaire toy maker that would have kept some of its U.S. stores open, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Wall Street Journal reports that Isaac Larian, founder of Bratz dolls maker MGA Entertainment, Inc., came forward last week with a…

Best Buy to Pay Up to $1,000 in Bonuses to Workers
February 7, 2018 at 11:44 am

Best Buy announced it will hand out bonuses to more than 100,000 employees, joining a growing list of U.S. companies sharing savings from the federal tax overhaul with employees. USA Today reports the consumer electronics retailer will this month pay one-time bonuses of $1,000 to full-time workers and $500 to part-time employees. Company spokesman Jeff…

Why Labor Cost Optimization Matters for Retailers
December 21, 2017 at 3:50 pm

For years, the retail industry has been plagued with the increasingly high costs of labor. Labor cost optimization (LCO), a framework surrounding scheduling and timekeeping, is a sustainable solution that can elevate operational and human resource leadership out of their reactive cycles so they can focus on what they should be — business and talent.…

The Employee Recognition Checklist
December 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Almost 60 percent of shoppers plan on spending between $100 and $750 this holiday season, according to A.T. Kearney’s 2018 Holiday Shopping Survey, which polled 1,000 shoppers about how their 2017 experience would influence their spending in 2018. Interestingly, in what’s perceived as a bullish consumer market, comparatively few respondents plan to spend more than […]