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Retail Adds To Employment Market Growth
By: CareerCast.com
U.S. employers added 165,000 jobs in April, bringing the official unemployment rate down to 7.5 percent. The retail trade accounted for 29,000 new jobs. Employment has grown by 1.6 percent across the country over the past year, a gain of more than 2 million jobs after seasonal adjustments, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Private-sector job growth alone has been even stronger, up nearly 2 percent. The industries gaining the most jobs were professional and business services, food services and drinking places, retail trade, and health care. CONTINUE READING AT AL.COMmore
Growth Of Online Retail Boomed In 2014
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Retailers expected online sales to hit record levels in 2014 and did they ever. New all-time highs for e-commerce sales are now expected for the November through December time frame following a strong surge in sales during the final week before Christmas, according to the digital measurement firm comScore. U.S. retail e-commerce spending from desktop computers from Nov. 1 through Dec. 21 increased 15 percent to $48.3 billion from $42 billion during the same period the prior year, according to comScore. Much of that volume came during the final week before Christmas (Dec. 15-21) when online sales surged 18 percent ... more
Retail Trends Point To Improved Summer
By: CareerCast.com
An expected post-Easter decline in shopper activity was compounded by unseasonably cold weather last month. Retail foot traffic decreased 10.1 percent in April compared to March 2013, deviating from previous positive month-over-month retail traffic trends. Foot traffic for April 2013 decreased 0.4 percent compared to the same month in 2012. Easter — and all the shopping that goes with it — often falls in the month of April. This year, however, the holiday was in March. Considering the lack of Easter retail activity in April 2013, this year’s shopper traffic results were stronger than last year’s results. On a year-over-year ... more
Rising Employment And Consumer Confidence Fuels Retail Growth
By: CareerCast.com
The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and growing strength in the retail sector has helped fuel the economic rebound. Spending at retail stores and restaurants rose in November by the most in eight months, an early sign that Americans are spending some of the savings they are enjoying on gas-pump prices. Car sales jumped 6 percent last year to the highest level since 2006, according to Autodata Corp. Analysts forecast that sales will reach 17 million this year, near the record of 17.3 million set in 2000. That ... more
Clothing And Automobiles Fuel Retail Growth
By: CareerCast.com
Lower-priced gas allowed Americans to step up their spending at retailers in April, buying cars, clothes, electronics and appliances. The rebound from a weak March suggests consumers remain resilient in the face of higher taxes and could continue to drive economic growth this spring. Retail sales edged up 0.1 percent in April, the Commerce Department said Monday. That's an improvement from a 0.5 percent decline in March, the largest drop in nine months. The April gain was stronger when taking out the effect of lower gas prices, which reduced sales at gas stations 4.7 percent. The retail sales report is ... more
Tips For Advancing Your Retail Career
By: CareerCast.com
The retail space offers a variety of opportunities for job seekers, from working the register to merchandising and corporate roles. So how do you make your way up the ladder, particularly when you start on the sales floor? Apploi, a mobile tool for job seekers and employers, sat down with Phil Hendrickson, who has work experience at impressive companies like Apple and Starbucks, to discuss how to grow a retail career. READ MORE AT MASHABLEmore
Retail Hiring Growth Continues
By: CareerCast.com
More Americans hunted for jobs in May, and more companies filled them - signs of confidence and resilience for the slow-healing U.S. economy. Industries that rely directly on consumer spending hired at a healthy pace - a sign of confidence that consumers will keep spending. Retailers added 28,000 jobs. The retail sector has added new hires for three straight months, and 12 of the last 13 months dating back. Improved retail hiring coincides with reports from the Commerce Dept. that consumer spending is up 0.4%, or quadruple recent increases seen in the industry.more
Simple Tweaks To Boost Website Sales
By: CareerCast.com
A company website is a must-have in today’s Internet-driven economy. But while most companies have a website, few use them to their full potential to drive sales and revenue. That’s a shame, because websites are often a major investment in terms of time and money, and they can be a lot of work to keep updated. So if you aren't maximizing the return on investment of your site, you're missing out on a huge opportunity. Luckily, there are a few relatively simple updates you can make to your website that can have a huge impact on customer attraction and retention, ... more
More Retail Hires And What To Expect In Coming Months
By: CareerCast.com
The retail industry added 28,000 jobs in June, according to the National Retail Federation. NRF said the industry had marked increases in every sector except furniture and home furnishings and health and personal care stores. “Today’s strong jobs report is welcomed news for the economy and may signal positive and accelerated momentum for the second half of 2013,” NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “Payrolls came in stronger than expected, including in the retail industry, which witnessed strong gains in building supplies, clothing and sporting goods. The economy is currently stable but traction and pace remain uncertain.” VIA CHAIN STORE ... more
Is Dropshipping Retail's Wave Of The Future?
By: CareerCast.com
Tapiture, a Pinterest competitor, doesn't just show you stuff you might like. In many cases, it lets you buy that stuff as well. Aside from some branded merchandise though, Tapiture doesn't keep any inventory on hand at its Venice, California, headquarters. Instead, it functions as a virtual storefront. Amazon and eBay have been doing the same thing for years, of course, but startups like Tapiture are also taking advantage of this no-investory arrangement, which is made possible through dropshipping. "We're big believers in the dropshipping model," says John Ellis, CEO of Tapiture. "We think it's the way of the future." ... more