Brookstone launches wholesale and licensing division
Merrimack, N.H. Brookstone announced late Wednesday it has launched a new wholesale and licensing division, which will make its products available to additional retail outlets worldwide.
To lead the division, the company has named Rudy Woodard executive VP product development, wholesale and licensing. Douglas Colley was named operational VP of the new division.
“The new Brookstone wholesale and licensing division will be developing relationships with the biggest and most exciting retailers and manufacturers worldwide,” said Ron Boire, Brookstone president and CEO. “We see this as a tremendous opportunity to extend the reach of the Brookstone brand.”
Brookstone currently operates 310 stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico.
Starbucks launches in-store digital network
Seattle — Starbucks on Wednesday launched an in-store digital network for customers with mobile devices, in a partnership with Yahoo.
The network will provide customers with six channels: News, Entertainment, Wellness, Business & Careers, My Neighborhood and Starbucks. It is powered by free WiFi and developed for screens big and small. Customers with WiFi enabled laptops, tablets or smartphones can visit the network while in line or while enjoying their favorite beverage in the cafe.
Century 21 automates hiring process with Kronos solution
Chelmsford, Mass. — Century 21 Department Stores has chosen Kronos’ selection and hiring solution to manage the end-to-end hiring process for its 3,500 employees. With the solution, the retailer anticipates a 50% reduction in the time it currently spends on hiring new employees for its retail stores and corporate office.
Century 21 Stores was looking for a way to reduce turnover and make smarter hires. The Kronos solution allows the organization to focus only on the best applicants for Century 21 by offering managers and recruiters for Century 21 stores guidance, structured interview guides, and assessment results aimed at making the best hiring decision.
The solution also will enable Century 21 to improve workforce productivity by automating the entire hiring process, from receiving electronic applications and resumes to complete onboarding with e-Signature.
"The primary reason we selected Kronos is that it provides an end-to-end solution for both our corporate and store employees and its behavioral assessments,” said Jenifer Thoma, director, human resources, Century 21 Stores.