Foot Locker goes live with RedPrairie enterprise workforce management
Atlanta — RedPrairie announced that Foot Locker has rolled out Red Prairie’s enterprise workforce management solution at approximately 2,700 stores throughout North America. Foot Locker’s deployment of the RedPrairie solution began as a 21-store pilot that was completed in April 2012, and then deployed at all remaining North American locations by July.
“At Foot Locker, we realize that the passion, knowledge, and performance of our store associates is a tremendous asset for our customers,” said Dick Johnson, executive VP and COO at Foot Locker, which operates retail brands Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction, CCS, and Champs Sports Inc. “We felt that RedPrairie’s workforce management solution was the most intuitive, robust and scalable resource available to help us achieve our vision of being the leading global retailer of athletically-inspired shoes and apparel."
Foot Locker’s implementation of the workforce management tool will allow for the holistic management of its workforce through integrated applications that address time and attendance, forecasting, scheduling, labor standards, and execution management, RedPrairie said.
Additionally, the chain will leverage RedPrairie’s performance management reporting module to transform data into actionable business intelligence that further enables the right employees to be in the right place at the right time, to better serve customers.
Dollar General joins AARP initiative to help 50-plus workers
Goodlettsville, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. announced it is supporting the American Association of Retired Persons’ “Work Reimagined” program and the 50-plus worker pledge.
“Work Reimagined” is a social network-based jobs program that connects employers seeking experienced workers with qualified professionals searching for new or more satisfying careers. The site (will leverage the platform of social media site LinkedIn to make the best connections between experienced workers and the best employers.
“Dollar General is committed to creating job opportunities for all Americans,” said Bob Ravener, Dollar General’s executive VP and chief people officer. “Experienced people bring tremendous work skills and talent to the workplace, and Dollar General is a place where every employee’s knowledge and expertise is valued.”
The discount retailer has plans to add more than 6,000 new jobs in 2012 to support its more than 10,000 stores and 11 distribution centers across the country.
Consumer confidence unexpectedly rises in July
New York — Consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in July as Americans were more optimistic about the short-term outlook than they were about their current conditions, according to a report released Tuesday by The Conference Group, private research group. The report showed that while consumers are feeling better about the economy, they remain wary about the labor markets.
The group’s index of consumer attitudes increased to 65.9 from an upwardly revised 62.7 in June, topping economists’ expectations for a decline to 61.5. June was originally reported as 62.0.
Despite the increased confidence about short-term business and employment prospects, consumers have grown more pessimistic about their earnings, Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, said in a statement.
“Given the current economic environment — in particular the weak labor market – consumer confidence is not likely to gain any significant momentum in the coming months,” Franco stated.
The expectations index improved to 79.1 from 73.4, while the present situation index edged down to 46.2 from 46.6.
Consumers were slightly less positive about current labor-market conditions. The board’s survey showed 7.8% of respondents think jobs now are “plentiful,” down from 8.3% thinking that in June. Another 40.8% think jobs are "hard to get,” down only a bit from 41.2% last month.
Consumers are about split in their attitudes about future income. Only 14.2% expect their incomes to rise in the next six months, down from 15.3% in June. Another 14.8% expect their earnings to fall, down from 15.1% saying that in June.
The view in six months from now was more optimistic, with 17.6% expecting to see more jobs, up from 14.8% in June.