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Healthcare Innovation
By: Jeff Heenan-Jalil
healthcare is actually poised to become one of the most innovative fields because of its considerable capacity for growth and change, and young job seekers looking to make an impact in a transforming field need look no further.
Examining The Current Cycle Of Retailing
Retail innovation cycles last approximately 20 years. As we take a look at retail history, this cycle becomes self-evident. From the general store to department stores to discount stores and so forth, each variety has their day in the sun as the leading channel for most purchases. Today, we’re lucky enough to be living within two powerful cycles simultaneously. But the fun will soon come to an end. In early December, I was engaged on my annual “slash & grab” Christmas shopping excursion. It’s the one day of the year where I aggressively visit a variety of stores and web ...
Allowing Customers To Negotiate Can Boost E-Commerce Sales
E-commerce has changed the way consumers purchase products, but until very recently, the basic structure of the transaction and sale itself hadn’t evolved much: People browse for products they want, compare prices across sites, maybe submit a code for a discount coupon if they have one and make a purchase. But a recent development points to a big change on the horizon for ecommerce, and the symptom is the massive sales growth achieved by major retailers who have embraced the new model. The new model is already being used today by top retailers like Sears. It bridges the gap between ...
Retail Adds To Employment Market Growth
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.COM
Growth Of Online Retail Boomed In 2014
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 ...
Retail Trends Point To Improved Summer
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 ...
Rising Employment And Consumer Confidence Fuels Retail Growth
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 ...
Clothing And Automobiles Fuel Retail Growth
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 ...
Tips For Advancing Your Retail Career
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 MASHABLE
Retail Hiring Growth Continues
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.