One major retailer recently hired 730 college graduates for its full-time executive development program and 326 college students for summer internships in stores nationwide. That’s up nearly 30 percent from 2011.
The company’s CEO says that it takes pride in developing talent in the retail industry. It is a key part of promoting company growth and becoming an omnichannel of fashion, the executive says in an article on the Business Courier’s website.
The interns will work in a variety of fields, including merchandising, technology, private brand development as well as credit and corporate services functions.
Retailers are looking for college graduates that they can groom into future executives. They’re looking for college-educated people that they can put on the sales floor to learn the operation and work their way up to the executive offices.
This is absolutely something people should embrace in every industry and this shows that retail is already serious about it. It will increase customer service because these college graduates are embarking on retail as a career. It’s a very good strategy.
Source: Business Courier, June 2012