The Future of Staffing: Cloud-Based Platforms Make On-Demand Possible

Many companies today are using multiple solutions for their staffing needs that aren’t integrated with each other. From paper schedules to excel spreadsheets, some are still relying on out-dated forms of management for their staffing solutions. This lack of technology prevents any kind of true on-demand staffing from happening. If managers need to use one resource for finding top talent, one for managing their budgets, one for scheduling talent and yet another for paying their talent, there is no way that efficient and timely staffing can happen.

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There are 790,000 Open Job Postings in the Retail Industry

Retail Industry Job Openings

Yes, you read that number right. According to a recent article published by The Wall Street Journal, as of this August, there are 790,000 job openings available in the retail industry in the US. That’s an increase of 165,000 from this time last year. A clear indication that the so-called retail apocalypse is not what it seems. Yes, some larger stores have closed their doors this year but even more e-commerce and small businesses are expanding their retail footprint. While the economy continues to be on the up-tick, these store owners are hiring. A lot.

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Retail Requires a New Approach to Managing Talent

Retail Requires a New Approach to Managing Talent

The retail world is shifting under brands’ feet.

Retail has dependably been an industry driven by change — changes in fashion trends and the changing of the seasons, changes in the market and changes in technology.

Today, those rhythms are accelerating or disappearing. Previously reliable sales channels like department stores are no longer dependable. Just because a product is distributed well to shelves and racks everywhere no longer guarantees it’ll sell, and just because a salesperson is scheduled doesn’t mean they’ll convert browsers to customers.

There are new sales channels with plenty of growth potential for brands, but the old methods of hiring, deploying, and managing in-store talent can’t keep up. Brands can no longer conduct retail business as usual. They must adapt their talent management practices to match the trends in shopper behavior and the labor market.

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How to Create Loyal Retail Employees

retail employees

Retaining your top employees is always important and now more than ever in an ever-changed retail environment. If someone is your top seller, the last thing you want is to have them pack up and head to another store and, even worse, a potential competitor. Your employees are truly the face of your brand and an extremely important part of growing your business and keeping your top customers coming back again and again.

So, how do you make sure that your most passionate employees stay for the long-haul?

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The Contingent Workforce Will Increase by 179% in Ten Years

The Contingent Workforce Will Increase by 179% in Ten Years

According to the 2018 Future Workforce HR Report released this month by Upwork, we’re in for some fast and furious growth among the contingent workforce. More than 1,000 U.S. hiring managers, including over 200 HR managers were surveyed and 91% report that in order to combat skills and worker shortages, they have begun adopting more agile talent strategies.

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Flexibility Is The New Full-Time

Flexibility is the new full time

The gig economy may seem like it’s still among the latest financial trends, but in fact, it’s already starting to evolve into its next form: on-demand labor. And that doesn’t stop at ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber, delivery services like Grubhub and Postmates or odd job services like TaskRabbit. On-demand labor could change the entire retail industry as well — and the shift has already begun.

There are several companies working to transform the scheduling experience for retailers employing hourly workers, all the way from low-skilled positions like bussing tables up to high-end specialized retail staff in categories like fashion, beauty and cosmetics.

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These 8 Retailers are OPENING stores in the US

While news about the retail industry has had the spotlight on the demise of the larger chain stores, smaller, previously e-commerce focused brands are prime for a takeover of brick-and-mortar locations. These brands know the value of having in-person interactions with their customers and, instead of sticking to online only, are actually expanding into retail offerings around the country.

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67% of E-Commerce Brands Have Opened Physical Stores

While you may only be hearing about the doom and gloom of the retail industry lately, there is actually an interesting phenomenon happening behind the scenes. Dozens of popular e-commerce brands are actually opening brick-and-mortar stores and making the move into an interactive, omnichannel experience for their consumers. All in an effort to create a new type of ‘connected retailer’.

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Top Tips for Managing & Financing a High-Growth Staffing Company

Staffing Company

By Scott Winicour, President of Gibraltar Business Capital

Staffing companies, particularly those with a strategic niche such as IT, medical, industrial or warehouse staffing, are positioned to thrive in the current business environment, which supports outsourcing employees rather than bringing full-time employees on board.

A common question that is often asked by small and mid-market businesses including staffing companies is how can business owners successfully manage and finance growth while steering their business and focusing on day-to-day operations?

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