Walmart is adjusting its HR strategy as it competes with online retailers and changes in how its customers behave, says Jacqui Canney, Walmart executive vice president, global people division. The company is paying higher wages, giving employees more flexibility, providing continuous feedback and creating cross-functional teams at Walmart's headquarters.
Retailers including Best Buy, Home Depot, Kroger and Nordstrom are ramping up recruiting of experienced tech professionals and graduates who majored in technology fields. The retail tech revolution is creating job opportunities in specialties including customer experience, software development and data analysis.
Home Depot and Lowe's have launched their annual spring hiring sprees, planning to add more than 80,000 and 53,000 seasonal staffers, respectively. The tighter labor market could make filling posts tougher, so Home Depot has eased recruitment by letting people apply for jobs and schedule interviews via smartphone.
Wegmans, Publix and Nugget Markets have earned places in Fortune magazine's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018. All three grocers have managed to make the list, based on employee survey results, for at least nine years running.
Hamdi Ulukaya dreamed of making a career in public service. A few decades later, as CEO of Chobani, he leads a billion-dollar company built on a firm footing of social responsibility and inclusive company culture. Read his story.
In an effort to strengthen the relationship between the retail industry and the nation's workforce development boards, the NRF Foundation recently announced a partnership with the National Association Workforce Boards. Learn more about the partnership.