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Retail job cuts now the highest since records began

Retail job cuts have hit their highest rate since records began nearly a decade ago thanks in part to automation and wage increases. According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) retailers employed three per cent less staff year-on-year in the last quarter, while the average number of hours worked dropped 4.2 per cent, both measures representing the sharpest decline since the height of the last financial crisis in 2008. Retail’s employment figures are made all the more significant when compared with the wider economy, which has seen unemployment fall to the lowest point in 40 years

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Target unveils climate change program

The mass merchant is in something of a positive arms race with Walmart to improve energy and water use efficiencies, which benefit their operations and win over customers.






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400 new jobs up for grabs as Aldi unveils Bedford warehouse plans

Aldi has unveiled plans to open a brand new distribution centre in Bedford which will create 400 new jobs. READ MORE: 4000 UK jobs to be created at Aldi The German discount grocer has submitted a planning application for an 88,000sq m warehouse that will serve its network across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire






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Q&A: Boxed co-founder talks warehouse efficiency—via robotic automation

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Retailers paying more for holiday help

Marianne Wilson As the holiday season kicks into gear, retailers' seasonal hiring plans are coming into focus.   read more






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Report: Online giant testing its own delivery service

Amazon’s new program could give carriers like United Parcel Service and FedEx a run for their money.   read more






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A Gap brand reaches for the cloud

Deena M. Amato-McCoy A specialty retailer is streamlining its merchandising operations.   read more






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Study: Store managers’ roles evolve in the unified commerce era

Deena M. Amato-McCoy To effectively service shoppers at store-level, managers need to evolve beyond their sales roles and become “problem solvers.”   read more






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Thrift store chain goes ‘wireless’

Deena M. Amato-McCoy Staying true to its “thrifty” roots, Savers has added a robust wireless solution without breaking the bank.   read more






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Amazon’s new acquisition becomes data breach target

Cyber-thieves have found their way into Whole Foods Markets’ payment network.   read more






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