21 posts categorized "Retail jobs"

09/27/2011

Best Buy planning to hire half as many seasonal workers this fall as last year

This, from The Associated Press today:

Best Buy Co. will hire about half as many seasonal staff as last year and increase the hours its regular staffers work as part of its plans for the crucial upcoming holiday season.

The largest U.S. electronics retailer also plans to expand services like free tech support and a longer window for product returns during the holidays. It will also promote under-$100 deals to coax shoppers into its stores.

"The consumer continues to be cautious," CEO Brian Dunn said in an interview at the company’s New York Union Square store. "That’s not just a blip, that’s the new normal."

Best Buy, based in Minneapolis, earlier this month reported its second-quarter net income fell 30 percent and revenue was nearly flat at $11.35 billion, falling short of analysts’ expectations, as the company continues to battle for market share with online retailers and discount stores.

Best Buy has beefed up its online presence and worked to reduce its square footage by 10 percent over the next three to five years. It has also promoted services like tech support and customer service to differentiate itself from other retailers.

For the holidays the company said it will hire 15,000 workers, 48 percent less than the 29,000 it hired last year. The total number of hours that employees work will remain the same, because regular staffers, trained in customer service, will work more hours. Dunn said that the aim is to have more "experienced and seasoned" workers on hand during the busiest time of year.

Other holiday plans include promoting new smartphones and tablets that are due out this fall, including the iPhone 5, which is expected to be announced next week.

One question mark is whether Best Buy will carry the new $250 tablet computer that Amazon.com will likely unveil on Wednesday.

Best Buy carries Amazon.com’s Kindle reader, but Dunn declined to say if Best Buy would carry the tablet, rumored to be called Kindle Fire, since Amazon hasn’t announced distribution plans yet.

Other holiday moves: Best Buy plans to promote more items under $100 and spend more advertising online and on mobile devices, while TV advertising spending will be flat. The company is also expanding its return policy, Geek Squad protection and technical advice services and same-day pickup.

Texas service sector activity increases, Dallas Fed Bank says

Activity in Texas’ service sector increased in September, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas reports today in its monthly Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey.

Texas’ service sector represents 59 percent of the state economy and employs nealry 7 million workers.

The revenue index – a key measure – rose to 14.1 from 3.2, and a third of respondents said revenue increased in September from August.

Positive readings in the survey generally indicate expansion of service sector activity, while readings below zero generally indicate contraction.

“Labor market indicators remained positive and reflected some hiring, but little change in the workweek,” the Dallas Fed Bank said. “Perceptions of general business conditions were generally more pessimistic this month, although the pace of deterioration slowed.”

In the Texas Retail Outlook Survey component of the survey, which uses information from respondents in the retail and wholesale sectors, retail sales increased in September, according to respondents who answered the retail portion of the survey.

The volatile sales index rose to 18.6 from 9.2, for two straight months of sales increases. Inventories rose.

“Indexes of future retail sector activity remained in positive territory in September with the exception of part-time employment and workweeks,” the Dallas Fed Bank said.

- Scott Nishimura

09/07/2011

Mouser Electronics, Gaylord Texan, others, put jobs on display at Chamber's Job Links

Mouser Electronics has been hiring a lot lately. The Mansfield company, owned by Berkshire Hathaway unit TTI, has 980 employees in Mansfield and hired 300 there last year.

The company has 60 openings currently, including 47 in Mansfield. The openings are in distribution, call center, IT, finance and accounting, and marketing, Paula Holcomb, Mouser vice president of human resources, told members of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce's Job Links Excelerator, a private monthly meetup of employers who have open jobs and organizations like universities and nonprofits that have candidate pools.

"We literally have positions across the board," Holcomb told the Job Links crowd, which met today at the Dee Kelly Alumni Center at TCU. To apply: www.mouser.com/careers

Other openings on display at at Wednesday's meeting:

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine. Hiring for 300 seasonal and 200 other positions. The Gaylord last month began hiring for its big annual Ice holiday show. Openings include everything from Ice characters - Shrek is available - to accounting, human resources, and cooks. To apply: Gaylord's careers page.

Northwestern Mutual Financial Corp., Fort Worth. Wants to bring 26 financial advisers and a large number of interns on. Bachelor's degree required. To apply: deanna.stuart@nmfn.com

Edward Jones Investments. Bringing on more than 15 financial advisers in the Fort Worth area, and "several more" in the surrounding areas. Paid training for industry-required licenses. No degree required, "but preferred." To apply: Jake Richter, 817-870-1528

Pappagallo, fulltime assistant manager, Hulen Mall. To apply: Lisa Dickinson, sundance@pappagallo-classiques.com

ImageNet Consulting, two consultants. To apply: Craig Hill, chill@imagenetos.com

Whitley Penn, certified payroll processor. Associates degree required. To apply: send resume to opportunities@wpcpa.com

Larry Dennis Co., furniture wholesaler, Fort Worth. Sales and marketing position. How to apply: Larry Dennis, ldctx@att.net

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, unpaid interns in development, design, human resources, accounting, membership, science, and history. To apply: fwmuseum.org

LKCM Radio Group, Fort Worth, account executive. To apply: Gina Dobbs, 817-332-0959

Imagetek Office Systems, Fort Worth. Two sales directors. Bachelors required. To apply: Chris Golla, cgolla@imagetekos.com

SafeHaven of Tarrant County. Cook, parttime client advocate, parttime bilingual client advocate, crisis interventionist, parttime sales associate, bilingual children case manager. To apply: SafeHaventc.org

Firestone Complete Auto Care, Roanoke. Fort Worth district manager. Salary $40,000-$100,000. To apply: firestonecompleteautocare.com

State Farm Insurance, Fort Worth. Agents. Paid training. To apply: Sarah Peck, 972-983-8475 or sarah.peck.luoj@statefarm.com

Barney Holland Oil Co., Fort Worth. Executive assistant, $35,000 salary. To apply: send resume to Fina Cardwell, fcardwell@fuelmandfw.com. Real estate experience and bilingual "a plus." Must have expert Microsoft Office skills, excellent verbal and written communications skills, "be able to think outside of the box."

Triumph Aerostructures-Vought Aircraft Division, Dallas. Hiring recruiters. To apply: www.triumphgroup.com/careers/overview

Tom Thumb, Grapevine. Meat cutter, cake decorator, food service. To apply: www.careersatsafeway.com and click on retail.

Robert Half International-OfficeTeam, administrative, human resource, executive assistants. To apply: OfficeTeam.

Pearl Hospitality, Fort Worth. Hiring several human development strategists. To apply, Camille Zihlman, camille@pearlhospitality.com

- Scott Nishimura 

08/23/2011

Toys 'R Us set to open Southlake store, ones in Dallas and Cedar Hill

Toys ‘R Us said Monday it’s opening 21 stores nationally this year, including a combination Toys ‘R Us/Babies ‘R Us set to open in October in Southlake and two others in Dallas and Cedar Hill.

The 35,000-square-foot Southlake store is in a former Circuit City locaton at the northwest corner of Kimball Avenue and Southlake Boulevard.

The other Metroplex combination stores are scheduled to open this fall in the Dallas Galleria area and Cedar Hill Plaza.

The 21 new stores includes 11 Toys ‘R Us Superstores and 10 "side-by-side" Toys ‘R Us/Babies ‘R Us locations.

The company, based in Paramus, N.J., also is renovating 23 stores this year.

The new stores and renovations are creating more than 1,100 jobs nationally, Toys ‘R Us said.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

08/11/2011

Businesses start hiring for the holidays

It’s still hitting triple digits outside, but it’s time to think about Christmas.

The Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine is already accepting applications online for its annual ICE show. Posted openings on its web site include box office agent and attendants for the attraction and retail operations. Besides seasonal, the site also lists numerous other jobs in Grapevine, ranging from culinary to management and bellmen.

Tax services typically start hiring around this type of year for the peak season. Liberty Tax Service is having an open house and job fair, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 22 at 2325 S. Stemmons Freeway, # 303, in Lewisville. The company said it expects to hire seasonal 40,000 tax preparers and other positions for its 3,500 U.S. offices.

GameStop expects to hire 19,000 people for the holidays – about equal to last year’s hiring, says Mike Buskey, senior vice president-human resources for the Grapevine retailer. That’s 3-5 people per store.

“There are a number of key releases that are coming out this fall,” Buskey says. “They could be some of the biggest title releases we’ve ever had.”

Interested? Drop by a store to inquire early to mid-September, Buskey says. Hiring starts in early October for the retail stores.

GameStop also expects to hire 100 people each in its Grapevine distribution and refurbishment centers, and corporate office.

Applicants can go online or apply in person at those locations, Buskey said.

GameStop expects to post the seasonal jobs in late August on its site.

Buskey notes GameStop is always looking for employees.

“If there’s somebody looking for an opportunity, we’d love to see them tomorrow,” he said.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

02/11/2011

Downtown Fort Worth getting gourmet grocery store: Oliver's of Mansfield

Downtown Fort Worth is getting a gourmet grocery store, Oliver's of Mansfield, which will open in the Sanger Building at Sundance Square.

Here's Sandy Baker's story at star-telegram.com.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

01/26/2011

Grapevine Mills adding Ross Dress for Less, children's and candy stores

Grapevine Mills, slated to add a Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life aquarium this Spring, says it’s signed up some new stores as well. The mall said a Rose Dress for Less anchor will open this October in “Neighborhood 1,” a Crazy 8 children’s store owned by Gymboree will open in early May at Neighborhood 4, and an  It’s Sugar candy store will open in April in Neighborhood 5. The Legoland center will open in March, and the Sea Life in May.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

01/11/2011

Legoland Grapevine looking for new master builder

As fantasy jobs go, Tarrant may have its share.

The city of Fort Worth employs cowboys for its daily cattle drive. Local breweries have beer tasters; Lake Grapevine has fishing guides. Others find their dreams working for Texas Motor Speeway, the Texas Rangers or Dallas Cowboys — or the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Here’s a new one for the mix: Lego master builder. Legoland Discovery Center, opening in March at Grapevine Mills Mall, is auditioning for someone to get paid to play with Legos. Faced with millions of Lego bricks, job seekers at the audition will have to prove their skill and imagination by a series of challenges.

A panel of judges — adults and children — will choose 10 finalists. They’ll compete in a build-off for the top job.

The audition is 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, at AT&T Plaza at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The final contest will be noon-2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23, at Grapevine Mills Mall.

 Only big kids get a shot at this: Applicants must be 18 or older. To audition, candidates must register in advance by filling out an online application at www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com. Questions? Call 972-539-9386.

The new Grapevine Legoland Discovery Center also has job openings posted on its site for a marketing coordinator, retail manager, technical manager, and finance manager. 

 - Lois Norder, Star-Telegram

01/10/2011

Fall retail hiring up sharply; will consumers go back into hibernation?

Retail Sales December Retailers nationally raised payrolls by a net 646,300 jobs between October and December, up 28.9 percent over 2009, the Challenger, Gray & Christmas outplacement firm said Monday, citing federal Bureau of Labor Statistics figures.

“While November hiring was about the same as a year earlier, October and December hiring was the heaviest it’s been in several years,” Challenger said.

December’s retail employment grew by 181,900 positions, the largest December gain since 2005, Challenger said. October saw an increase of 146,800 retail jobs, the largest gain for that month since 2006.

“It turns out the additional hiring was warranted, as retailers experienced their best holiday sales season in several years,” John Challenger, the firm’s CEO, said. “It is too soon to say that the consumer is back, but the level of holiday spending certainly suggests that optimism is on the rise.”

“Now, the question is whether the consumer will go into post-holiday hibernation,” Challenger said. “If there’s any indication that some of the spending power will persist into the new year, retailers may keep some of the temporary seasonal workers on a permanent basis.”

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

Kohl's plans five-day job fair to hire 130 people for Wylie store

Kohls Jobs Kohl’s Department Stores is holding a five-day job fair starting Sunday to fill 130 positions at its new Wylie store east of Plano, planned to open in March.

The fair is Sunday Jan. 16-Thursday Jan. 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Richardson, 1001 W. President Bush Turnpike in Richardson.

Times, dates and places:

10:45 a.m.-6:15 p.m., Sunday Jan. 16

10:45 a.m.-6:15 p.m., Monday Jan . 17

12:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Tuesday Jan. 18

8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday Jan. 19

8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday Jan. 20

Kohl’s says applicants should visit www.kohlscareers.com or call 877-639-5645 to schedule an interview and get additional information about times and location.

Kohl’s says it’s looking for employees in customer service, department service, cash register operation, early morning stocking, truck unloading, and evening signage/pricing updates.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

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