If you’ve ever worked in retail, you’re probably familiar with the outdated ways in which you might find out your schedule. When I worked at a clothing store in the mall, I would fill out a form that listed my availability every few weeks. If I needed to take a vacation day, I’d fill out another form. My supervisor would post the printed schedule, one that was likely put together in Excel, in a communal area so everyone could see it. And then everyone would copy his or her schedule down, again by hand. This is a time-consuming, antiquated process that costs retailers time and money that could be better spent elsewhere, which is why retailers are in desperate need of an upgrade.
Not only that, but retailers are stressed out over the recently proposed overtime legislation by the Obama Administration. In our current retail environment, salaried workers who make more than $23,660 a year cannot receive any overtime pay, even if they work insanely long hours. But the proposed rule would up that line to salaried workers making $50,440, letting workers be owed what they deserve for their hard work and long hours.
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When you’re working out at the gym, the last things on your mind are how the gym merchandises and conducts its store operations. You might buy a protein bar or a new pair of running shorts, but other than that, gym members are generally oblivious to all the work that goes into running the retail side of a fitness center. 24 Hour Fitness, a leading health club throughout the United States with more than four million members, knew that it had to improve on certain factors as it expanded its operations. It needed quick and easy access to important store data without utilizing IT services, which is where Mi9 Retail came to help.
It’s all about the kids and the innovative retail experience at the brand-new, state-of-the-art Studio Xfinity in Chicago. Comcast brings together media and technology with this first-of-its-kind facility. The moment you step through the door, people are commenting on how beautiful the space is. Screens, or “Studio Spaces,” surround you, along with a bunch of demo stations to try out the latest and greatest Comcast Xfinity products.
So, there you are: sitting on your couch in your pajamas, a Netflix series blaring on your television screen, when suddenly, you get a craving for a Doritos Locos Taco and Cheesy Gordita Crunch from Taco Bell. But you can’t possibly pause your show or be bothered to put jeans on again. And now you don’t have to.
Taco Bell has officially rolled out its delivery service in 90 cities in California and in Dallas from more than 200 restaurants. It has teamed up with DoorDash, an on-demand delivery service, to provide burritos and cinnamon twists right to your front door. This is the first national partnership for the delivery company, which began in 2013 in a Stanford dorm room.
Celebrities, artists and retailers are all on their way to one of the biggest comic and entertainment events of the year: San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). As an avid convention attendee, going to SDCC is a dream of mine, but I don’t know if I could commit to spending most of my time waiting in line for panels and short glimpses of my favorite celebs and likely miss out on all the exclusive goodies in the dealer’s room.
Christmas in July is for real this year. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, that is. For its 20th birthday, Amazon is celebrating with a global, site-wide sale that boasts to be even bigger than Black Friday. On “Prime Day” on July 15, deals will be available exclusively to Prime members starting at midnight with new deals popping up every ten minutes; a tactic to get people to keep coming back for more. I don’t think I’ve ever made more than one Amazon purchase in one day, but I might if the sale is as good as they say.
Omnichannel sales have grown in the retail industry and retailers find it challenging to adapt quickly to the ever-changing platform. Not to mention, fashion retailers must keep up with the rapidly changing trends, seasons, styles and designs. So meeting customer expectations while also maintaining sales can be a complicated endeavor. That’s where CGS comes in.
The lives of field sales representatives and district managers require a certain level of dedication. Driving from store to store to check on the progress of a new promotion or a recently proposed sales strategy for an underperforming product is stressful and time-consuming enough. Then, there’s all that information to track from dozens of locations those corporate offices have to manage and assess. Even worse, the same data is coming from scores of stores and associates in different regions. Compiling that information and analyzing it takes time. Those are hours not spent traveling to stores to verify that a store manager installed a promotion appropriately or that products are on shelves properly. These are the real responsibilities of district managers and field sales representatives for retailers and consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs). Beyond that, organizations need to manage the information coming in from every store and process it in a way that can reveal insights into sales dips and other issues, which are tasks that take even more time to complete.
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