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How can retailers optimize their holiday staffing this year?

October 24th, 2014 | Posted by Haley Jackson in Retail | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on How can retailers optimize their holiday staffing this year?)

With the holiday season just around the corner, retailers are already beginning to hire additional employees to prepare for the increased store traffic. However, due to extreme holiday sales patterns, it can be especially difficult to measure the overall financial impact of adding seasonal employees and to ensure that each additional labor hour is profitable.

Since extended hours requiring supplemental labor have become a necessity during the holidays, retailers can benefit from leveraging insights from previous seasonal strategies to identify the optimal labor increase for each store. While it may be too risky to implement designed labor tests during the holidays, the past variation in seasonal labor at each store creates the opportunity to analyze “natural experiments” from last season. By comparing the performance of stores that increased holiday labor force to similar stores that did not, retailers can answer key questions surrounding labor strategy effectiveness, such as: (more…)

APT Index Reports September Restaurant Sales Up 2.1%

October 14th, 2014 | Posted by MHarper in APT Index - (Comments Off on APT Index Reports September Restaurant Sales Up 2.1%)

Restaurant same-store sales increased 2.1% in September 2014 compared to September 2013, according to data from the APT Index. Areas that performed better included those with less rainfall, those where median income was less than $50K, and those where median age was less than 35. Click here to view the top and bottom performing cities.

APT Index Reports September Retail Sales Up 0.4%, or $1.1 Billion

October 14th, 2014 | Posted by MHarper in Retail | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on APT Index Reports September Retail Sales Up 0.4%, or $1.1 Billion)

Retail same-store sales increased 0.4% in September 2014 compared to September 2013, according to data from the APT Index. Areas that performed better included those where median income was less than $50K and those where median age was less than 35. Click here to view the top and bottom performing cities.

Key Analytic Challenges for Restaurants

October 10th, 2014 | Posted by MHarper in Restaurants - (Comments Off on Key Analytic Challenges for Restaurants)

APT SVP Jonathan Marek discusses a key challenge for restaurants: isolating the incremental impact of each action from the noise inherent in day-to-day operations.