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The Demise of Retail: Part II - HR Red Alert

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 While little is said about it, the service industry represents 80% of employment in the U.S. Economy (U.S. Department of Labor) with a large proportion in retail, hospitality and healthcare, and social services. At the time when the retail world - with its almost nine (9) million workers - is expected to  make roughly 25% of its total business, people feel generous and shop more online or in store. But end-of-the- year shopping is not all glamour: as businesses dress up in red decorum, customers and workers see equally red, as hiring will not meet the projected 3-4% increase in business over last year. This is a stressful time for any human element of the business, an HR stress test facing the demands of the chaotic season of the retail world.


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