According to an article by the World Economic Forum, one of the largest effects of the pandemic, in relation to businesses, is the amplification of existing trends and vulnerabilities. In the past few years, businesses had been adopting a significant number of technologies to improve their operations, and the post-pandemic world will rely on these innovations even more. This reality is only one of the many different ways the ongoing crisis is revolutionizing industries — including retail.
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The past few months have upended all of our daily routines and changed how most companies are able to run their business. For a brand that has relationships with retail partners around the country, one of the largest challenges has been restrictions on travel. Now that stores are beginning to reopen, you’ll need to provide support. In any other year, you could have your AEs travel around their region to support retail and provide the education and sales needed.
Accelerated by COVID-19 and an uncertain job outlook, more than a third of the American workforce did some freelance work on the side this year. According to a new Freelance Forward report released on Tuesday by Upwork, this means 59 million Americans are now freelancing. This number is up by more than 2 million from 2019.
The total upheaval of the retail industry over the past several months has made the industry question just about everything. While some stores are just starting to get back on their feet, and others are in a state of flux, it’s still important to be thinking about the next steps. As customers begin to return, the first few weeks will be critical for reminding customers why they came to shop with you in the first place. Even so, retail will look quite different for a while.
Now that stores are reopening and customers are shopping again, if you’re a brand, you’re probably thinking about how to put sales talent back into stores to drive engagement and increase sales. Glenn Laumeister, CEO, AllWork, and Amanda Domaleczny, VP of Global Sales, TULA Skincare, recently hosted a CEW Webinar to discuss a case study on engaging your retail audience with AllWork’s technology platform and how you can apply these best practices when re-entering the retail scene.
Among the many challenges the COVID-19 era has brought to the retail space, recruitment is one that businesses will need to focus on more moving forward. Finding the right people to fill open jobs is never easy, but now — with so much about the workforce and our day-to-day lives having changed — there are new considerations. With this in mind, we’ve put together a few ideas for how to reassess and improve upon recruitment strategies given the new normal.
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had an effect on the workforce, with companies being forced to furlough employees or eliminate roles entirely. Now, businesses are taking this time the reevaluate just how many full-time roles they actually need and how they can tap into the nearly 60 million freelancers who work every year in the US.
The past few weeks have been an unprecedented time for brands and retailers. Now that stores are reopening and customers are shopping again, it’s time to put sales talent back into store to drive engagement and increase sales. However, things are different from where you last left them and it requires a new approach to managing your talent that you may not be used to.
In the wake of the recent COVID-19 crisis, many of our clients at AllWork have been faced with the challenge of how to relaunch their in-store field team as a digital, contactless sales force. Almost overnight the world of retail was turned upside down and brands had to pivot their usual face-to-face interactions into online ones.