Regis selects PeopleAnswers’ pre-employment selection software
Dallas — PeopleAnswers and Regis Corp. have announced a software licensing agreement for Regis to use PeopleAnswers as its new talent assessment software for selecting and hiring salon stylists and managers. The expected results are decreased turnover, increased customer visits and sales as well as lower operating costs.
Regis will use PeopleAnswers to assess and hire stylists in 3,000 corporate-owned salons at the outset, management in more than 7,900 of its corporate-owned salons across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom, as well as all field supervision. PeopleAnswers will identify “Behavioral DNA” of existing staff allowing Regis to duplicate traits of its most successful employees. Customized, behaviorally based Performance Profiles will help match job candidates with the positions in each Regis salon type best corresponding with prospects’ existing traits and tendencies.
“In order to provide the best experience possible, not only for clients but also for our associates in the salons, we must be vigilant about finding candidates who are best-suited to our business and our culture,” said Andy Cohen, president, Regis Salon Division, Regis Corp. “PeopleAnswers will help us streamline the hiring process and, most importantly, help us identify candidates who will be the best fit in their respective roles which, in turn, will allow us to leverage and accelerate our other initiatives focusing on the salon experience.”
PeopleAnswers is an easy-to-use web-based tool with the scale to evaluate candidates as needed, 24/7, and track candidates’ progress through the application and hiring process establishing a consistent hiring platform across Regis salons. Regis managers will also use PeopleAnswers as a guide for interview content and for employee development.
Safeway launches ‘at-the-shelf’ SimpleNutrition program
PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway has introduced its new SimpleNutrition program, an in-store shelf tag system that makes it easier for shoppers to find better nutrition choices among foods and beverages. The SimpleNutrition green shelf tags on qualifying items are located throughout the store next to Safeway’s everyday low prices and club card specials.
Safeway created SimpleNutrition as a first step in helping its customers modify the selection of products that support a healthier lifestyle, the grocer stated. SimpleNutrition makes it easy to find nutritionally better items in store with green shelf tags that highlight up to two of 22 different nutrition and ingredient benefits, such as “gluten free,” “organic,” “sodium smart” or “made with whole grains.”
“Consumers are inundated with conflicting nutrition information and are often skeptical of the nutrition claims on packaging,” stated Barbara Walker, group VP consumer communications and brand marketing for Safeway. “SimpleNutrition is an ‘at-the-shelf’ program that simplifies and personalizes the grocery shopping experience so that shoppers can feel confident about making more informed food choices. … It provides shoppers with a quick snapshot of the nutrition and ingredient benefits that best match their nutritional needs.”
Safeway also will be implementing an at-home nutrition solution — at Safeway.com/SimpleNutrition — as a resource for food, nutrition and health information while moms make their shopping lists.
Safeway will continue to update the qualifying items based on changes in product nutrition and ingredient information and new products in the store. The company also is committed to expanding the SimpleNutrition program throughout 2011 by launching a personalized online nutrition tool to help shoppers find healthier alternatives to the foods they currently purchase.
Abercrombie Q4 earnings nearly double
New Albany, Ohio — Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s fiscal fourth-quarter net income nearly doubled on strong sales overseas and better U.S. results. The retailer reported net income of $92.6 million, up from $47.5 million a year ago.
Revenue for the period ended Jan. 29 rose 23% to $1.15 billion, from $936 million. Domestic revenue rose 13%, while international revenue jumped 61%.
Same-store sales rose 13%.
"We finished the year with strong domestic sales growth and continued to see very strong results in Europe," CEO and chairman Mike Jeffries said in a statement.
Same-store sales at Abercrombie & Fitch rose 13%, while Abercrombie kids stores had a 9% increase. Hollister Co.’s same-store sales also gained 13%.
Abercrombie said that its full-year earnings surged to $150.3 million in the prior year.
Annual revenue increased 18% to $3.47 billion from $2.93 billion, while same-store sales rose 7%.
The retailer continues to push forward with its overseas expansion. It plans to open Abercrombie & Fitch flagship stores in Paris; Madrid; Dusseldorf, Germany; Brussels; Dublin; and Singapore in fiscal 2011. It also expects to open 30 to 40 Hollister stores in overseas malls.
The company anticipates a "minimal number" of stores opening in the United States, with about 50 domestic locations likely to close during the fiscal year.