Party City jumps on seasonal hiring of a different variety
While most of the industry is focused on the upcoming holiday season, Party City has bigger fish to fry — hiring for Halloween.
To prepare for the retailer’s make-or-break season, the chain will hire an additional 35,000 employees nationwide over the next four weeks.
Party City will recruit employees to help in 1,000 stores nationwide and in Canada, and will position candidates in “a variety of positions,” according to a company statement. It did not specify which specific roles it would fill.
All new associates will get a crash-course in Party City's vast assortment of costumes and accessories.
Windsor uses cloud to optimize operations, support expansion
Omnichannel success depends on the ability to scale operations to keep up with consumer demand.
Women’s apparel retailer Windsor is keeping pace with a cloud-based platform that integrates omnichannel business solutions to create a seamless shopping experience. Specifically, the chain is leveraging enterprise order management to manage all orders throughout their lifecycle, from initiation to fulfillment and back. A warehouse management system will automate manual processes, a move that will improve fulfillment accuracy and reduce inventory carrying costs, and deliver operational efficiencies.
Meanwhile, sales analytics will deliver insights needed to needed to make faster, better informed business decisions required to fuel the company’s growth and innovation plans.
“By leveraging the cloud, we’ve been able to gain improved scalability, reduced risk, improved speed-to-value, and the ability to free up information technology resources to focus on business growth and innovation,” said Leon Zekaria, president, Windsor.
The platform will also support Windsor’s expansion plans, which will get underway as early as next year.
“We plan to add an additional 20-plus stores, and expect double-digit year-over-year growth in our e-commerce business,” he added. “[The platform] will help us manage this growth by providing a differentiated and seamless shopping and service experience for our customers.”
Apparel, accessories retailer taps Stages Stores exec as CEO
Francesca's Holdings Corp. has found a chief executive.
The retailer appointed Steven P. Lawrence, who currently serves as chief merchandising officer for Stage Stores, as president and CEO. Lawrence, who was also appointed to the company’s board, will officially join Francesca’s in October 2016.
Lawrence replaces Richard Kunes, who has been serving as Francesca’s interim chairman, president and CEO since May 2016. Kunes will become the company’s chairman of the board.
Prior to joining Stage Stores in 2012, Lawrence worked at J.C. Penney from 2000 to 2012.
“Steve is a world-class retail executive and brings a wealth of knowledge gained over 26 years of retail experience,” said Kunes. “Not only is Steve a talented merchant, he is a strategic thinker and a thought leader who knows how to lead teams to successfully execute their strategic plans and to drive growth. We are confident Steve is the right person to capitalize on Francesca’s solid growth platform and continue to enhance Francesca’s position as a specialty retailer.”
Francesca’s operates 663 stores nationwide.