While the National Retail Federation projects less temporary workers this holiday season than last, the number will still reach upwards of 500,000 people. Major retailers such as Amazon, Macy’s, and Target plan to hire between 80,000 and 120,000 workers alone. And with their prediction that holiday sales will increase 4% over last year, it's evident there is a huge need for more to help fill the gap.
A National Retail Federation survey estimates that about $83.6 billion will be spent on back-to-school needs, a more than a 10 percent increase from last year. Despite the retail industry’s general shift from in-store to online, many parents and students visit brick-and-mortar stores - with school-issued supply lists in hand - to choose and purchase new school gear. This uptick in traffic means retailers need more workers, including stockers, picker-packers, and cashiers.
The 2017 Retail Smarter Conference has come to a close. Held June 8-9 in St. Petersburg, Fla., and sponsored by University of Florida's David F. Miller Retail Center, the conference is an opportunity for a unique group of retail executives and industry leaders to network, discuss trends, and hear from retail thought leaders. This year’s conference focus largely centered around the ever-changing retail landscape -- and where the industry as a whole is headed.
Keeping a retail storefront fresh and up-to-date can be a full time job. But it’s necessary to create the best possible shopping experience, entice new visitors, and keep current customers coming back for more. However, with these initiatives comes additional work, but rarely additional staff to help with the workload.
Mark your calendar: Shiftgig’s Chief Revenue Officer, Jill Erickson, will be speaking at this year’s Retail Smarter Conference in St. Petersburg, FL.
In just a couple of weeks, we’ll be shedding our winter coats and headed to Vegas to speak at ShopTalk, a blockbuster retail and e-commerce event. The event focuses on the rapid evolution of how consumers discover, shop and buy—from new technologies and business models to changes in consumer preferences and expectations.
As the New Year quickly approaches in the coming weeks, we’re here to share a new blog series, “Looking Ahead to 2017: On-Demand Trends.” Check back each week as we highlight various trends across industries. Don’t miss last week’s post on the foodservice industry.
We all know that today is Cyber Monday… but do you know how it began?
The National Retail Federation says the term was coined 11 years ago. Consider the state of technology in 2005 – most consumers only had high-speed Internet access at work. So, they spent the Monday after Thanksgiving shopping online for those remaining items they didn’t purchase on Black Friday.
In the months of November and December, perhaps the biggest users of temporary labor are retailers, logistics and shipping companies. To meet the extra consumer demand driven by holiday shopping, they rely on temporary workers to fill a variety of roles in their stores, warehouses or even on delivery vehicles.
$792 billion in annual spend. 44 million people picking up gigs. 29% of US workers taking part. That is the estimated size of the gig economy, according to Staffing Industry Analysts.Why are so many companies adopting the on-demand workforce model?