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How the rise in omnichannel retailing has altered retailers’ talent strategies

The growth of the internet, social media and mobile technology has had a meteoric impact on almost every area of modern life. However, perhaps none have been as profound as the changes that have taken place in retail. As anyone working in the sect...
05:14PM - Wed 16th July 2014

What can retailers learn from Comet’s insolvency?

In 2011, Comet was bought by private equity group OpCapita for £2 but continued to struggle. The next year Deloitte was rushed in as administrators under a pre- pack rescue package. When Comet was liquidated nearly 7,000 employees were unfortunate...
09:08AM - Wed 16th July 2014
Jonathan Flynn, consultant at Odgers Interim

Why transformational change is driving demand for interim managers

Back in December 2012, my feeling was that retailers were shifting their focus from cost reduction to investing in their businesses which would, in turn, create opportunities for interim managers specialising in the sector. One thing is definite; ...
04:56PM - Thu 10th July 2014
Melody Moore, Leadership & Talent Consultant at Hay Group

Overcoming retail volume recruitment challenges

As summer arrives, so does the annual rush to hire additional seasonal employees. In an effort to supply demand, however, a ‘vicious circle’ of volume recruitment is emerging for many retailers, as inadequate processes fail to support operations. ...
10:30AM - Tue 8th July 2014

Asda to cut up to 1,360 jobs in management restructure

Asda will cut up to 1,360 jobs in a management restructure as it fights to maintain market share in the face of growing pressure from discounters.The supermarket chain – owned by US based Walmart – said it would remove back office tasks, put more ...
10:29AM - Fri 4th July 2014

Jane Norman falls into administration

Women’s fashion chain Jane Norman has collapsed into administration for the second time in three years, with 157 jobs at risk.In a statement, the company said it was no longer able to continue to support its loss-making UK and Ireland retail store...
09:33AM - Wed 25th June 2014
Morrisons are under pressure to reduce costs and are likely to streamline its supply chain to fund £1bn in price cuts

Morrisons to cut 2,600 store management jobs

Morrisons has confirmed it will cut 2,600 store management jobs as part of a restructuring move that will remove two management tiers.The move will affect 15,000 staff.The supermarket told staff on Tuesday it was starting a 45-day consultation pro...
09:24AM - Wed 18th June 2014

Sunday papers round-up

Dixons and Carphone Warehouse have asked the Takeover Panel for a deal extension for a £4bn merger which has been accepted. The original deadline on 24 March is understood to have been extended until May 2014. A tie-up would give Dixons access to ...
10:36AM - Mon 24th March 2014
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Charity launches initiative for young people to boost British high-streets

A UK charity is hoping to attract young entrepreneurs to set up their own retail business.The Carnegie UK Trust is aiming to attract thousands of 16-30 year-olds to open their own shops and help Britain’s flagging high-streets and city districts.T...
12:13PM - Tue 11th March 2014
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