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 ...

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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, ...

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 ...

Omni-channel strategies are helping chain stores compete with pure-play e-commerce retailers, but it is also driving major changes in their e-commerce logistics models.

packaging engineering is not typically part of most supply chain organizations’ strategy and physical distribution is not taken into consideration when designing consumer packaging. Traditionally, the focus is on consumer appeal, as expected, but retail supply chain ...

Retail openings can be found from the tiniest boutique to the largest big-box national chain. Customers in smaller stores and fashionable department stores expect individual attention, while customers shopping at the likes of Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Costco expect a clean efficient environment and customer service when they need it.

No matter the type of retail outlet the Bureau ...

Phil Hendrickson, strategic recruiting professional at Apple, provides insight into moving up in the retail industry.

"Networking is so important," he says. "It’s a great way to meet people who are a few years ahead of you in their careers; they can provide advice and guidance –- learn from their mistakes, and [find out] what they would have done differently." ...

Full-time job opportunities are increasing in the retail sector, which is a nice change for job seekers in an industry where hiring temporary workers during peak seasons is the norm. Of course, that doesn't mean that retail employers are lowering their expectations for new hires.

In fact, most have used the recent downturn to raise their requirements to boost ...

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