Retail & Restaurant Workforce Summit Draws Industry-Leading Companies to Discuss Critical Workforce Issues

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Executives at market-leading organizations gain valuable insights through collaborative discussions and expert presentations

Avoiding Surprises: HR and EEO Compliance

While the retail and restaurant industries face many distinct challenges, they also face many common issues when it comes to workforce management. For both of these industries, hiring the right front-line workforce translates directly into better sales, improved customer service, customer loyalty, and employee retention. Major workforce challenges in retail and restaurant industries include sourcing, hiring, and retaining top front-line workers and managers for positions that are traditionally susceptible to high turnover. Compliance and use of workforce technology are also common areas of interest.

These joint workforce challenges drove the development of the recent Retail/Restaurant Workforce Thought-Leadership Summit hosted by Deploy Solutions, a leading provider of talent management software solutions. The Summit took place in Dallas, TX on September 13-14, bringing together executives and senior professionals from market-leading retailers and restaurants.

Attending organizations included: 24 Hour Fitness, AMF Bowling Centers, Best Buy, Brinker International, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buffets Inc., Burger King Corporation, Caribou Coffee Company, ExxonMobil, FedEx Kinko's, Gap Inc., Jamba Juice, JCPenney, Jones Apparel Group, La-Z-Boy Retail, Lowe's Home Improvement, McDonald's Corporation, Metromedia Restaurant Group, Nordstrom, Pappas Restaurants, Pier 1 Imports, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Sobeys, Texas Roadhouse, Pep Boys, The TJX Companies, Tire Kingdom, Wegmans Food Markets, Yum! Brands, and many more.

The Summit was co-sponsored by Batrus Hollweg International, Biddle Consulting Group, Humetrics, MAXIMUS, People Report, Premier, RedPrairie, and SnagAJob.

Some of the sessions presented at the event included:

  •     "Market Trends & Innovative Workforce Initiatives," an interactive panel discussion with participants from leading retailers and restaurants, moderated by Mel Kleiman, President of Humetrics.
  •     "Thrive or Survive? Trends for a Tight Labor Market: Workforce 2007," presented by Joni Thomas Doolin, CEO & Founder, People Report.
  •     "Does Your Recruitment Strategy Jive with Your Workforce?" presented by Shawn Boyer, Founder & CEO, SnagAJob.
  •     "Avoiding Surprises: HR and EEO Compliance," presented by Dan Biddle, Ph.D., CEO, Biddle Consulting Group.
  •     "Implementing Integrated Solutions to Consistently Hire Safe, Honest, and Competent People with Integrity," presented by Chris Baker, CEO, Premier Employment Screening Services.

In addition to sessions led by industry experts, the Summit provided attendees several opportunities for networking. Feedback about the event was overwhelmingly positive. Deploy Solutions plans to host similar workforce events in the future that will feature similar networking opportunities for executives and their peers, interactions with industry experts, and collaboration on best practices through roundtable discussions and other interactive group sessions.

About Deploy Solutions
Deploy Solutions, Inc. provides companies with a competitive advantage in the marketplace by optimizing performance in recruiting, hiring, and retaining top employees. The Deploy Enterprise Talent Suite™ is a proven solution that improves the quality and performance of the workforce, reduces the cost of talent acquisition, and supports regulatory compliance. The company draws upon flexible technology, deep domain experience, and a comprehensive approach to HR metrics and analytics to drive measurable results for its customers. Deploy provides talent management solutions to a diverse and prestigious list of customers, including: Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, Southwest Airlines, Securitas Security Services USA, Hess, Sheetz, Flying J, The Pantry, Wakefern (ShopRite Stores), Tire Kingdom, FedEx, Wawa, American Electric Power, and many more. For additional information, call 877-GO-DEPLOY (877-463-3756) or visit

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