Fueling the fire: Motivating your staff over the next week

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Take a lesson from the 'age of rail' to keep your stores humming through this last week of holiday shopping.

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How to ensure stellar customer engagement for 2015

Getting retail employees to engage with customers is tough. Here are four things you can do to help them succeed.

Don't inadvertently uninspire your employees

Building up your store associates is critical, but so too is not tearing them down.

An amazing customer service idea: The $5 lifeboat

The second-generation owner of a chain of Ace Hardware stores, Tom Glenn, tells an inspiring story about his father, Elder Glenn.

Learning from an amazing sales experience

What makes a great retail salesperson? Sometimes it's what you'd least expect.

Nine common mistakes that can wreck your retail business

You can't always blame your company's hard times on the economy or the competition. Sometimes, it's a lack of focus on the fundamentals.

A customer service lesson from Hy-Vee's social media team

You cannot stop your customers from talking about you on social media. Good or bad, they will tell the world of their experiences. Find a way to use it to your advantage.

Why you should solve customer problems, even when they're not your fault

Your store may not have created the problem, but it is still yours to solve.

Seven disruptive trends that will kill the 'dinosaurs of retail'

Retail evolution is speeding up, and it waits for no one.

The real secrets to creating a memorable customer experience

Research points to a strong return on investment for creating positive and memorable customer experiences.

Understanding the lifetime value of a loyal customer

It is a business practice so long-standing it is practically a cliché. Companies fall all over themselves to woo new customers, but once they get them, they have no idea how to make them profitable.

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NEWS


Webinar to discuss I-9 trends and tips

Homeland Security isn't just targeting big businesses anymore. Small to mid-size companies are under an increasingly watchful eye.

Study finds retailers cautiously optimistic about 2014 holiday sales

The most significant shifts for retailers in the 2014 holiday season can be found in omnichannel, which is changing the landscape for companies and impacting their holiday staffing strategies.

Nearly a quarter of shoppers choose to go to a competitor due to dissatisfaction with their retail experience

46 percent of shoppers who have unsatisfactory retail experiences do not let the retailer know and almost a quarter of these opt to shop at a competitor when they are unsatisfied with the cleanliness of the store, store associates, or the checkout process.

Target says it will 'respectfully request' shoppers not bring guns into stores [UPDATED]

For the past month, Target has had something of a PR nightmare on its hands in Texas, where the group Open Carry Texas has been meeting up and strolling the parking lots and aisles with rifles draped over their shoulders. It is legal in Texas to openly carry rifles in public, but not handguns.

Webinar on retail HR management now on-demand

In the webinar, Norma Prisock, HR director at Texas Book Company, discusses her company's transition from paper-based timecards and payroll forms to an all-electronic system.

Lucchese using gamification for employee training

Experticity, a platform for building and rewarding expertise in sales associates, has been chosen by footwear retailer Lucchese to elevate associates' expertise on the brand's rich history and craftsmanship. According to the companies, Experticity will create a gamified experience on...

Webinar to discuss workforce management

On June 12, Retail Customer Experience will present the free webinar, "Case Study: Control Labor Costs with Latest Cloud Technology." In this webinar, Norma Prisock, HR Director at Texas Book Company, will share how her organization has replaced manual and...

CXPA announces Customer Experience Innovation award winners

The Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA), an international non-profit organization created to guide and enhance the growing professional field of customer experience management, has announced the winners of its 2014 CX Innovation Awards: Akbank T.A.S., Cisco, National Car Rental, the...

NRF says jobs bounce back after slowdown

The National Retail Federation issued the statements below from President and CEO Matthew Shay and Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz in response to the April jobs report released today. NRF calculated that retail employment increased 28,000 in April from March and 241,000 year-over-year.

NRF to host second virtual career fair

The National Retail Federation today announced it will host its second Virtual Career Fair, designed to connect students and young professionals seeking entry-level careers and internships with leading retailers. Recruiters from companies including Macy's, Nordstrom, Walgreens and Neiman Marcus will...

UK consumers less tolerant to poor service than US counterparts

New research from NewVoiceMedia reveals that U.K. consumers are less tolerant to poor customer service than those in the U.S..

Retail hiring webinar now available on demand

On Thursday, Feb.

Lowe's to hire 25K seasonal employees

Lowe's announced today it plans to hire approximately 25,000 seasonal employees at its stores in the United States during spring, the busiest time of year in the home improvement industry. Seasonal jobs available are focused on customer support and will...

Webinar to explore hiring, employee theft

On Thursday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.

Retailers commit to 'Customer Bill of Rights'

On Monday, a number of large retailers met with the Rev. Al Sharpton, and agreed to publish and abide by a Customer Bill of Rights.

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Retail employees are on the front lines of the battle; their abilities to take care of your customers often makes the difference between success and failure. Training those employees properly is one of the most important things a retailer ever does.