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Labor management goes social at Sprinkles

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

A growing bakery chain is using an interactive social network to deliver training courses and track performance.

Los Angeles-based Sprinkles is bolstering its workforce solutions with a cloud-based learning and performance management solution from HotSchedules. The technology will help the company create a social learning platform.

The platform will be integrated within Sprinkle’s existing forecasting, scheduling and labor management solution, also from HotSchedules. The combination will support the company’s goal to deliver a social network where its associates, from corporate departments to bakery managers and hourly associates, can share their wins, show how they are getting their jobs done, and take training courses.

“We’ve uploaded tons of meaningful content, company documents, and several micro-learning videos to build out our robust library,” said Ashley Leonard, training managers, Sprinkles. “Managers love how easy it is to find what they need.”

Associates and managers already use the site to collaborate with their colleagues and find content they need. For example, managers and associates can use the network to share videos, photos, and personal stories.

Meanwhile, the training team is focused on developing and launching job-specific courses, and assigning courses to new associates, according to the company.

“We’re looking forward to seeing our engagement numbers continue to grow, and tracking who is taking the training as we launch courses.” said Kristin Burk, talent development consultant at Sprinkles. “That’s going to be a big bonus for our manager and leadership teams.”

Sprinkles employs 1,000 associates across 24 locations.

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Walmart’s Flipkart deal grows complicated—thanks to eBay

BY CSA Staff

Before Walmart can officially buy a majority stake in India’s leading e-commerce provider, it may have to strike another deal first.

The discount giant is likely to reach a deal to become a majority stakeholder in Flipkart by the end of June. However, to seal the deal, the discount giant will likely have to first work out a deal with Flipkart’s investor and partner, eBay, according to ReCode.

Last year, eBay invested approximately $500 million in the Indian e-commerce company, taking a 5% stake in the business, and giving up its eBay India operation in the process. eBay also signed a four-year exclusive commercial arrangement to partner with Flipkart, the report said.

The agreement was designed to give merchants who sell on Flipkart access to more than 150 million new customers from eBay world-wide. The deal also provides eBay sellers outside of India with access to a new group of consumers inside of that country, ReCode reported.

If Walmart can work through the details with eBay, Flipkart will be the discount giant’s biggest acquisition of an online business, as it has offered to between $10 billion and $12 billion for a 51% stake in the company, the report added.

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Amazon reportedly expanding Prime Wardrobe program

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Amazon’s “try-before-you-buy” service could be inching closer to prime time.

The online retailer’s Prime Wardrobe program was introduced last June as an invite-only beta test. However, a series of tweets revealed that the service could be closer to officially launching, according to TechCrunch.

According to an Amazon employee’s tweet on Wednesday, “Amazon Prime Wardrobe is officially launched! Hooray! It’s been a fun project to work on.” The post has been deleted, according to the report.

Other tweets from Prime members praised the concept, such as one from @anilvohra69, that asked, “Why would you ever go to a store?

The last straw for apparel retail.” Another from @ttovickn said, “Amazon Prime Wardrobe may be the best thing ever.”

According to Amazon’s website, the program is still invitation only, but Prime members can request an invitation to join.

In the TechCrunch report, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed the program’s expansion to more Prime members. The executive declined to share the current user base or how many members will be added to Prime Wardrobe.

Members participating in Prime Wardrobe are entitled to order (and try on) three or more items of clothing, shoes or accessories before they actually have to buy any merchandise — with no upfront charge or added fee. Shoppers can keep the items for seven days. They return unwanted pieces and pay only for the items they keep.

Merchandise is shipped in resealable packaging that contains a pre-paid return label. Unwanted items can be returned through UPS.

Merchandise across women’s, men’s, girl’s, boy’s and baby clothing are featured in the program, according to Amazon’s website.

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