Topic: retail

Employers Use Fancy Surveillance Technology To Monitor Your Every Move

Employers Use Fancy Surveillance Technology To Monitor Your Every Move

Simple surveillance technology has long been used by retailers to monitor many workplaces: Think of the grainy black and white video that sometimes winds up on the evening news when a convenience store is robbed. But theft is still a big problem, and often it comes from the other side of the counter: According to a recent post at the Atlantic, fast-food restaurants lose up to 7% of their sales to employee theft. Now, employers are fighting back with super-sophisticated surveillance technology that monitors employee actions right down to the keystroke. Get ready to have your boss monitor your every move and call you out over your exact behavior at 2:37 pm. More »

‘Sorry, I Have To Work’: Explaining Your Holiday Absence

'Sorry, I Have To Work': Explaining Your Holiday Absence

All across the country, people are packing up their cars or heading to the airport, getting ready to visit family and friends for the holiday weekend. They are getting ready for impromptu high school reunions and awkward conversations around the dinner table. They get to have Thanksgiving, with all its rich and wonderful food, with their families.

But some industries don’t get any break for the holidays, and those workers spend the next couple weeks apologizing profusely to every family member that they won’t get to see. More »

Working In Retail Arrested My Professional Development

Working In Retail Arrested My Professional Development

My first job out of college was managing a retail chain in the mall. I was 21 years old and felt pretty important, being responsible for a staff of eight people and thousands of dollars worth of inventory. I spent 60 hours a week at that store, desperate to prove that I was ready to be in charge. I felt pretty grown-up, except for the fact that I spend all my time with teenagers. More »

Executive Suite: Adidas’ Kim Parker Learned To Integrate Her Career And Family

Executive Suite: Adidas' Kim Parker Learned To Integrate Her Career And Family

This week we talked with Kim Parker, the director of women’s training at Adidas America. In her current role, Parker manages product creation and sell-through to retailers of Adidas’ women’s line. Parker works closely with both consumers and high school and college athletes to bring insightful and best-in-sport performance products into the marketplace.

Parker has been involved with strategic product management, development and creation within global brands for the past 15 years. Throughout her career in the sporting goods industry, Parker has managed and directed apparel and accessories lines for women, men and kids with some major sports brand competitors and now Adidas. More »