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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
Turning Summer Retail Work Into Full-Time Employment
By: CareerCast.com
The restaurant industry hires hundreds of thousands of seasonal employees every summer, including high school students getting their first taste of the working world. One-half of all adults have worked in the restaurant industry at some point during their lives and one out of three adults got their first job experience in a restaurant, according to the National Restaurant Association. But can summer jobs in restaurants lead to bigger and better things? Research shows that nine out of 10 salaried restaurant employees started in hourly positions, and 80 percent of restaurant owners began their industry careers as hourly workers. Nearly ... more
Tips To Improve Ecommerce Sales
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Online shopping has created an efficient and enjoyable shopping experience for its users, and now, brick-and-mortar shops are trying to do just the same — by moving the online experience offline. Kate Spade Saturday, an innovative retailer in Tokyo's fashion-forward Harajuku district, blends its online and offline worlds with in-store technology that emphasizes social sharing. Stroll through the flagship store in Tokyo, touch any of the oversized iPads embedded into the architecture and you'll get a bottomless pool of product information, including clothing price, availability, design details and styling ideas. You can point at a coveted item, share with your ... more
Retail Is A Steady Industry In Employment Growth
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The U.S. economy added 162,000 jobs in July 2013. The retail sector remains a big contribution to new employment, as it has been throughout the year. "You’re always going to have jobs in the retail sector,” says Michael Evangelist, a policy analyst with the National Employment Law Project. Part-time jobs, many of them in retail, contributed to 65% of the new hires. Scott Anderson, chief economist at Bank of the West, thinks concerns about the surge in part-time work might be overblown. The government’s figures on part-time jobs are highly volatile, Anderson notes. CONTINUE READING AT YAKIMA HERALD REPUBLICmore
Consumer Spending Growth A Boon For Retailers
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Retail sales will accelerate in 2015 and grow at the fastest pace since 2011, according to a recent forecast from the National Retail Federation. The trade group said Retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) will increase 4.1% in 2015, up from 3.5% in 2014. The increase would mark the biggest annual growth since 2011 when retail sales for the year increased 5.1%. Non-store sales in 2015 are expected to grow between 7% and 10%. READ MORE AT RETAILING TODAYmore
Retail Hires Trend Up At Summer's End With Holiday Shift Coming
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Employers added 169,000 jobs in August. Retailers added 44,000 jobs, one of the highest growth industries to close out the summer on a positive hiring trend. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the industry's number of employed workers at approximately 15.2 million, the highest in five years. Retail employment is nearly 500,000 workers more than a year ago at this time. Retailers shift gears in the coming months, adding part-time and seasonal help to meet holiday demands. Last year, nearly 700,000 seasonal employees were hired. Slight economic improvement should translate to similar opportunities in the coming months.more
National Study Finds Employers Value Those With Retail Experience
By: CareerCast.com
A job in retailing just might be the most valuable stepping stone one can traverse in her/his career path, regardless of industry. That's what a study conducted by the National Retail Federation finds. The NRF reports 71% of hiring managers survey said they, "overwhelmingly believe that retail experience develops the skills and traits they seek in prospective job candidates." Such skills, including organizational practices and customer service, are in demand throughout a variety of sectors. Given the retail industry is the highest volume employer of any in the United States, this is great news for those working in retail as ... more
Holiday Retail Hiring Has A High Bar To Meet 2012 Levels
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Major retailers were so optimistic heading into the 2012 Christmas shopping season that they will find it difficult to match that 12-year high -- 751,8000 workers added between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 last year. Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., the Chicago outplacement consultancy, cited "shaky consumer confidence and increased efficiencies among retailers" as reasons stores are expected to hire about the same or fewer than last year. "With many retailers already starting holiday-themed ads and breaking out Christmas decorations in stores, those hoping to get in on the seasonal hiring push should act early," it said in a statement ... more
Temporary Retail Hiring Boom Anticipated
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Temporary staffing for retailers around the country is expected to boom in the coming months, at the highest levels since 2011. 2011 brought a sharp upswing in retail employment, after having hit bottom from the recession. Unemployment and stagnant wages in other sectors meant less consumer spending, and obviously less need for seasonal or other part-time staff in retail. However, as spending increased, so too did temporary retail hiring. Now is the time to consider a temporary retail position. The CareerCast Retail Network's database of jobs include listing specifically tailored to those seeking a temporary position. Temporary jobs can be ... more
Online Retail Sales Help Fuel Big Rise
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U.S. consumers ramped up spending in November on cars, appliances and furniture and made more purchases online, signaling growing confidence in the economy at the start of the holiday shopping season. The Commerce Department said Thursday that retail sales rose 0.7 percent, the biggest gain in five months. October's figure was also revised higher to 0.6 percent. Two straight months of healthy sales suggest steady hiring is encouraging Americans to spend more this holiday season, particularly on big-ticket items. That could give a critical boost to the economic growth. CONTINUE READING AT TULSA WORLDmore