September 2017, Part II

pfpSeptember 2017, Part II


The Retail Roles You Never Think Of. Talent acquisition executives at The Home Depot, Trey Stewart and Brack Sullivan, recently joined National Retail Federation (NRF) podcast Retail Gets Real to share how the home improvement retailer attracts top talent. The Home Depot routinely focuses their efforts on bringing in “some of the brightest minds in retail” for non-store positions, starting the sourcing process early by promoting retail to college students. “When you think of our organization, it’s all encompassing, and it can be literally anything from data science to merchants to analysts to consumer insights,” said Stewart.


Social Enterprise Sets At-Risk Youth On Path To Success. On September 18, Beverly Wicked Local reported on Root, a social enterprise that uses food-service as a skills training and job placement program for at-risk youth. After completing a 12-week course, participants earn certifications in Serve-Safe Food Handling and Food Allergens, followed by a restaurant internship. Root then works to place them in a stable job and on a path to independence. “We are giving kids the social and restaurant skills they need for jobs that really exist, so they can build a life for themselves,” said Sam Hunt, Root’s Chef and instructor.


Target Emphasizes Innovation Ahead Of Employee Meeting. On September 12, the Minneapolis Star Tribune previewed Target’s emphasis on innovation ahead of its fall employee meeting. The annual confab, an official kickoff to rally staff for the critical holiday season, also served as the launch of a new partnership with BCG Digital Ventures. During an intensive, 14-week push, five middle managers across various Target divisions will step outside their current roles to work with Digital Ventures designers, engineers, ethnographers and investors in New York and Los Angeles.


Restaurant Brands International Chief Executive On The Value Of Hard Work. Recently, The New York Times interviewed Daniel Schwartz, CEO of Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Burger King, Tim Horton’s and Popeyes. Schwartz spoke about his experience moving up the career ladder and leading a multinational company at such a young age. “…Because I’m younger than many people I work with, I realize that I still have so much to learn from people who have been there and have been involved in the business longer than I have,” he said.

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