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Survey: Screening uncovers resume lies

BY Dan Berthiaume

Charlotte, N.C. – More than nine-in-10 (93%) retailers who have conducted background screening of job applicants have discovered lies on resumes. According to the 2014 HireRight Employee Screening Benchmark Report, 71% of retailers said background screening uncovers issues that would not have been otherwise found.

Retail survey respondents said better employees are the number one benefit of background screening. In addition, 49% said more consistent safety and security is a key benefit. Thirty-nine percent of retail respondents integrate screening with an applicant tracking system.

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Brooks Brothers names designer Zac Posen as women’s creative director

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Brooks Brothers has named designer Zac Posen as creative director for its signature women’s collection and accessories. In this new role, Posen will direct the current Brooks Brothers design and merchant teams and will be responsible for the women’s collection and affect a variety of areas including brand development and presentation for the women’s label.

Posen’s first women’s collection for Brooks Brothers will debut in spring 2016 and will be available worldwide. Posen launched his eponymous collection in 2001.

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TerraCycle program enables The North Face stores to recycle hard-to-recycle plastic

BY Staff Writer

Trenton, N.J. — TerraCycle, an international recycling company, and The North Face are working together to pursue a solution to the common problem of massive amounts of left over polyethylene bags that are used to protect merchandise through distribution and transit. The North Face has engaged 25 of its retail stores in TerraCycle’s The North Face Polybag Brigade, to ensure these plastic bags get recycled. Together the two companies have kept 1.5 million plastic polybags, equaling more than 62,000 lbs., of plastic out of U.S. landfills.

“We are always looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint and TerraCycle has been an important partner in helping The North Face address the challenging issue of plastic bag recycling,” said Adam Mott, director of sustainability at The North Face. “This partnership is especially vital in locations where municipal recycling does not accept hard-to-recycle plastics, such as polybags, which would otherwise be disposed of in a landfill without the TerraCycle recycling program.”

Until this partnership between The North Face and TerraCycle began two years ago, the 25 stores were not able to readily recycle the polyethylene bags. Now, the bags will be recycled into a variety of different products such as plastic lumber, bike racks and pavers.

“The volume of polybags that are used every day in shipping to customers and to retail stores is mind-boggling,” said TerraCycle Founder and CEO Tom Szaky. “The fact that The North Face is committed to going the extra step to keep them out of the waste stream is an action that should be applauded and replicated by more manufacturers and retail stores.”

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