Don’t Wait for Washington—Just Get on With It and Hire

Ian Rogers leads the Retail Practice at Slalom Consulting and is an accomplished business leader with 20+ years in retail/supply chain management, portfolio, program, and project management. Ian’s expertise comes from working in multiple countries (Canada, UK, US, China) and in multiple sectors including manufacturing and multi-channel retail (office products, mass merchandising, lifestyle brands). Over the years Ian has worked with Fortune 500 companies as both a senior line leader and as a management consultant in supply chain and IT. This broad-based experience provides him with the ability to take a holistic view, thereby understanding the potential impact changes in one area of the business will have on other areas.

Ian Rogers leads the Retail Practice at Slalom Consulting and is an accomplished business leader with 20+ years in retail/supply chain management, portfolio, program, and project management.

There was a huge push through multiple presentations by many senior retail executives at the 2013 National Retail Federation Annual Convention & Expo for the industry to take the lead on job creation. The nation has been suffering from paralysis waiting for someone to pick up the leadership gauntlet and do something. With both political parties continuing to share power after the 2012 election, it is unlikely that bold new initiatives to move the economy forward will come from Washington.

We know that the number-one issue to grow the economy is jobs. The retail industry doesn’t have to win an election, convince Congress, or pass a bill to do what we think is right. We can simply move forward doing what we know how to do best—grow our businesses. This sentiment was expressed in various forms by CEOs Terry Lundren (Macy’s), Walter Robb (Whole Foods), Howard Schultz (Starbucks), Kip Tindell (The Container Store), and Bill Simon (WalMart US Operations).

Out of the group, WalMart announced the most definitive initiatives to drive American retail renewal.

1) Retail has good jobs
Bill Simon was passionate about retailers being vocal on the great jobs people can have in retail. The retail industry provides 1 in 4 of the jobs in the USA. While some people say retail jobs are not good and poor-paying, this is just not true. The retail industry provides huge opportunities— providing part-time jobs for those who need them, like students, moms, and retirees. It also provides full-time jobs where people can build a career and go as far as their capabilities will take them, from stock person to CEO. A mid-level manager can earn $50 to $60K per year—similar to a policeman or fireman’s pay. And a store manager at Walmart can earn a base salary of $150 to $250K per year plus bonuses and benefits—similar to a lawyer or doctor.

2) Jobs for vets
“Beginning Memorial Day, Walmart will offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran within his or her first twelve months off active duty. We project that Walmart will hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years,” Simon said. These jobs will help vets earn an income while they determine their next career, or serve as a starting point if they want to enter the retail industry.

3) Support American manufacturing
By supporting more American manufacturing, more jobs can be created. Simon committed that Walmart will buy an additional $50 billion in US manufactured products over the next ten years by increasing the already two-thirds of American products it sells.

Here at Slalom we are continuing our strong growth. In 2012, we hired more than 600 consultants and our target is to hire approximately 900 more across our 11 offices in 2013.

About ianr2013
Ian Rogers leads the Retail Practice at Slalom Consulting and is an accomplished business leader with 20+ years in Retail/Supply Chain Management, Portfolio, Program, and Project Management. Ian’s expertise comes from working in multiple countries (including Canada, UK, US, and China) and in multiple sectors including manufacturing and multi-channel retail (office products, mass merchandising, and lifestyle brands). Over the years Ian has worked with Fortune 500 companies as both a senior line leader and as a management consultant in Supply Chain and IT. This broad-based experience enables him to take a holistic view, thereby understanding the potential impact changes in one area of the business will have on other areas.

One Response to Don’t Wait for Washington—Just Get on With It and Hire

  1. The retail sector has been in difficulty here in the UK or the past few years. It is harder now for us to help our clients achieve the same levels of success as we have been able to do in the past, but the opportunities are absolutely still there – you just need to be even more committed to find and work towards them!

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