Displaced Retailers Think Outside Of The Box

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New company offers contract services for downsized organizations in need and work for unemployed specialists.

The bad news keeps coming, with more and more companies significantly reducing their workforce and attempting to weather the current economic climate with fewer leaders to accomplish the same work. In many cases it has jeopardized critical business needs, employee morale, return on investment, and overall results.

Maria Devries and Hilari Newton are two displaced retail executives who saw an opportunity to think outside of the box and help not only the companies in need, but fellow unemployed specialists as well. They have started Alternative Retail Group: a short term, action oriented response team dedicated to the critical organizational needs in changing times. Focus is on companies facing post downsize realignment, challenged with the current economic climate and achieving desired results with fewer full time employees.

The company offers experienced professionals to take on supplemental field and corporate leadership roles, customized training/developmental plans for changing roles and new responsibilities, as well as contract services in IT, finance, visual merchandising, operations, marketing, store support, and loss prevention. Alternative Retail Group is unique in its hands on approach to offering dedicated short term services specific to maximizing efficiencies and profitability. "I see a big opportunity to help companies in need while providing contract employment for seasoned professionals out of work," says Devries. " It's a winning situation for all involved."

In addition to the company owners, each with over 20 years of experience, Alternative Retail Group includes a large network of unemployed retailing experts with years of experience in specialized areas that serve as project managers based on individual company need.

Alternative Retail Group offers free consultations, custom packages with hourly/daily/per project rates, satisfaction guaranteed.


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