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Retail Employment Dropped in March but Overall Job Gains Point to Economic Growth

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 aprile 2019

Retail industry employment in March was down by 11,700 jobs seasonally adjusted from February and down 47,400 jobs unadjusted year-over-year, the Labor Department said today. The retail numbers, which exclude restaurants, came as the nation saw a monthly gain of 196,000 jobs overall.
“Consumer confidence and consumer spending were down earlier in the year, so the retail numbers likely reflect merchants’ hesitancy to add to payrolls under those conditions,” Kleinhenz said. “But it’s important to remember that the economy historically slows down in the first quarter. And there have been record numbers of retail job openings – more openings than retailers can fill – so the tough hiring market is also a factor.”March’s retail job numbers followed a revised loss of 18,500 jobs in February from January. Retail’s three-month moving average as of March showed a decline of 4,400 jobs.March saw month-over-month gains of 2,700 jobs at sporting goods stores, 2,500 at furniture and home furnishing stores and 2,200 at auto parts stores. But those were offset by losses of 7,700 at health and personal care stores, 7,200 at general merchandise stores and 3,000 at clothing and clothing accessory stores.Economy-wide, average hourly earnings in March were up 4 cents over February to $27.70, a year-over-year increase of 3.2 percent that builds on a 10-cent gain seen in February. The Labor Department said unemployment remained at 3.8 percent, unchanged from February. The 196,000-job overall gain in March was nearly 10 times the 20,000-job gain originally reported for February, which was revised today to 33,000.Retail job numbers reported by the Labor Department do not provide an accurate picture of the industry because they count only employees who work in stores while excluding retail workers in other parts of the business such as corporate headquarters, distribution centers, call centers and innovation labs.

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MiFi® Premium Global Hotspot Gains Market Share

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 settembre 2018

Inseego Corp. (Nasdaq: INSG), an industry pioneer in 5G and intelligent IoT device-to-cloud solutions for enterprises, announced today that demand for the enterprise-grade MiFi 7000 global mobile hotspot continues to gain momentum throughout North America with Rogers Communications in Canada, U.S. Cellular, and T-Mobile via an Authorized T-Mobile Master Dealer.
“Mobile network operators want trusted solutions that are designed and developed in North America for their government, enterprise and small-medium sized business customers,” said Inseego’s EVP, IoT & Mobile Solutions, Ashish Sharma. “Inseego has a powerful portfolio of LTE and 5G products and we are expanding our global market share with consistent delivery of the industry’s fastest connection speeds, advanced security features and enterprise-grade reliability.”In addition to Rogers, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular, the premium MiFi 7000 global hotspot is currently available through Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility, a subsidiary of BCE Inc. in Canada, and multiple regional service providers in both the United States and Canada.The Inseego MiFi 7000 Global Mobile Hotspot meets the most stringent corporate IT security requirements and connects up to 15 devices on advanced LTE networks with fall-back to HSPA+/UMTS and GPRS/EDGE. The secure design of the MiFi 7000 delivers peace of mind with hacker prevention, encryption, VPN pass-through, Wi-Fi security protocols, password protection and Guest Wi-Fi network.

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Bricks and Clicks sales model gains ground in the automotive industry as dealerships turn to digitization to engage customers

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 gennaio 2014

london-centralLONDON, U.K. The disruptive influence of connectivity is changing the way business is conducted even in traditional industries such as automotive. High real-estate costs, expensive resources, and need for innovation to stay afloat have compelled many automotive dealerships to shrink store space by about 20 percent and resort to digitization for interactivity with the customer. As bricks and mortar gives way to a bricks and clicks sales model, European OEMs are pushing for standalone digital formats while North America seems to prefer digitisation within existing franchise models.New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.automotive.frost.com), The Advent of Digital Retailing and its Impact on Car Dealership Structures, finds that global passenger car companies are desperate to innovate and adopt a new retail model to the next generation of young car buyers, the so-called generation Y, a generation that engages through collaborative consumption and targeted digital marketing campaigns. Frost & Sullivan expects that by 2020, 60-70 percent of new car sales leads are likely to be generated by a digital platform, be it websites, mobile sites, social media or apps.Automotive major, Audi, is at the frontline of this change in retail network. Its digital showroom (Audi City), in an upscale shopping zone in London, presents the entire line-up of 40 models virtually. It encourages visitors to configure their dream cars on multi-touch tables, investigating all the possible options by themselves.“The halo effect of the digital showroom in the heart of the city is expected to drive sales to outer stores and potentially affect dealership network setups, both in terms of size and total number of traditional dealerships,” said Frost & Sullivan Director Growth Consulting Automotive & Transportation, Julia Saini.Car companies are also using fashion merchandising and combining lifestyle elements into retailing globally. Lexus Intersect Tokyo and L’ Atelier Renault, Paris conduct special events and exhibitions for new product launches, offering a strong automotive brand experience through lifestyle-related concepts of art, fashion, music, design, food and technology.The advent of digitization in car retailing has led to the development of new and additional performance indicators. It has seen the introduction of innovative sales strategies, and both cost reductions and additions in upfront investments. New KPIs such as brand awareness, digital engagement of customers, customer age, lead response time, and vehicle configurability satisfaction will be of increasing importance in future digital retail formats.“Better quality leads and easier follow-ups through integrated social media strategy define the success of digital showrooms,” noted Saini. “By 2016, automakers are expected to open more than 100 digital showroom/lifestyle stores globally, specifically aimed at enhancing both the retail and brand experience with limited on-floor physical inventory.”With European and North American OEMs expected to invest between $500 million and $5 billion in updating store technology, training staff, and digitally integrating various aspects of the car retailing process, soft digitisation technologies such as digital tools, signage and kiosks are anticipated to grow strongly in the short term.

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