Store Associates

How Can the Right Technology Solutions Aid in Staffing Woes?
September 8, 2022 at 5:14 pm

Retailers have been under excruciating pressure as inflation, supply chain woes, and recession threatens consumer spending, impacting their bottom line. As a result, many are leaning into promotional sales periods as a way to push inventory to consumers, ensuring they receive a portion of the limited discretionary spending. With the back-to-school shopping season underway on…

Lowe's Tweaks Scheduling System, Offers Full-Time Employees 4-Day Work Week
July 28, 2022 at 5:07 pm

Lowe’s is giving full-time workers in its stores the choice to schedule four-day work weeks. The home improvement retailer made the decision after its five-day schedule left many associates complaining about an inability to find a balance between their personal and work lives as a result of having very few consecutive days off, reports Retail…

Retail’s Perfect Complement: AI and the Real-Life Store Associate
June 23, 2022 at 4:36 pm

Retail has certainly evolved over the past two years. Today, we're living in an omnichannel retail universe that must be catered to carefully by retailers. Store associates can’t be expected to carry the entire load and overwhelming task of the end-to-end sales process anymore, but we also can’t entirely lean on artificial intelligence (AI) to…

Retail’s Resurgence Spawns New Challenges
June 14, 2022 at 10:52 am

As lease signs begin to disappear from storefront windows in Manhattan, retailers across the U.S. are preparing for the industry’s big return. Although the harshest COVID-driven restrictions were lifted months ago, businesses have been hesitant to open or expand their physical locations after suffering devastating revenue losses over the last two years. Increasing interest rates…

Don’t Let the Labor Shortage Short Circuit Your Customer Loyalty
June 1, 2022 at 10:11 am

It’s no secret when it comes to the value of loyalty. Existing customers spend 31 percent more, on average, than new ones. They’re also 50 percent more likely to try new products. As a result, more and more retailers, including Albertsons, Rite Aid, and The Container Store, are doubling down on loyalty programs to drive…

How Ron Thurston is Celebrating the Impact of Retail Associates Across America
March 28, 2022 at 10:23 am

In episode 342 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Ron Thurston, Amazon.com No. 1 best-selling author of "RETAIL PRIDE: The Guide to Celebrating Your Accidental Career" and veteran retail executive. Thurston discusses his career history in the retail industry, what he loves about working in the retail space, and how the frontline store…

Technologies and Tactics to Upskill the Retail Workforce for Omnichannel Fulfillment
February 9, 2022 at 11:40 am

The pandemic has changed our shopping habits for the foreseeable future, with customers expecting flexible ways to purchase items, including curbside pickup, same-day delivery and, of course, a good old-fashioned in-store shopping experience. These options are great for customers, and the flexibility gives them more control to shop in a way that best fits their…

How Technology Can Help Retail’s Labor Shortage
January 4, 2022 at 9:05 am

There were a host of difficulties plaguing retailers this past holiday season, including inventory shortages, production issues and shipping constraints, to name a few. The most notable shortage, however, was on the labor front. As of July 2021, the number of retail job openings peaked at 1.2 million, compared to 876,000 during the same period…

Preparing Your Business for the New In-Store Experience
December 20, 2021 at 11:52 am

Whatever convenience e-commerce provides, it can never replace the in-person shopping experience. Therefore, it’s no surprise that consumers are returning to brick-and-mortar shops as the economy slowly recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and more retailers offer in-store shopping. How Does This Impact the Retail Industry? Increased consumer traffic could lead to a new outbreak if…

The Reality of Today’s Omnichannel Retail Landscape and the Stars Behind the Movement
December 9, 2021 at 1:20 pm

The past 18 months have reshaped many industries, especially retail. As consumer expectations continue to evolve and many expect a spike in online shopping as we move forward with the recovery period, retailers will need to meet consumers where they are at, which will rely heavily on the workforce composition and the role of the…