Universum’s 2014 Top Employers (Including Retailers): Part 2 — Global Leaders

Universum is the global leader in employer branding. Annually, it conducts student surveys to determine their ideal employers. In Part 1 of our two posts on these surveys, U.S. employers were highlighted. In Part 2, global/foreign employers are highlighted.
The 2014 Universum Student Surveys by Country results are based on the responses of several hundred thousand college students around the world (although not necessarily specified by undergraduate/graduate status). [Note: Some of the country surveys were conducted in 2012 and 2013.]
These are just some of the top-rated firms with a strong retail presence according to Universum’s country surveys (in alphabetical order). [NOTE: The top-ranked companies vary greatly by country; and many retail firms only operate in a limited number of countries.]:
Aeon
Ahold
Aldi
Alibaba
Amazon.com
Apple
Boots
C&A
Carrefour
Dunnes Stores
eBay
Groupe Galeries Lafayette
H&M
Home Depot
Hugo Boss
Ikea
Inditex
Lidl
Makro
Marks & Spencer
Metro Group
Migros
Norgesgruppen
Otto Group
Pandora (jewelry)
Spar Group
Stadium
Starbucks
Tesco
Wal-Mart
Walt Disney
Zara
Click the links to access Universum’s listing of the most ideal employers for many countries around the world (regardless of industry):
australia Australia
Austria
Belgium Belgium
brazil Brazil
canada Canada
China China
Czech Republic Czech Republic
denmark Denmark
finland Finland
france France
germany Germany
Hong Kong Hong Kong
india India
Indonesia Indonesia
ireland Ireland
italy Italy
japan Japan
Malaysia Malaysia
mexico Mexico
Netherlands Netherlands
norway Norway
Poland Poland
russia Russia
singapore Singapore
south africa South Africa
Spain Spain
sweden Sweden
Switzerland Switzerland
thailand round flag Thailand
turkey Turkey
Ukraine Ideal Employers Ukraine
UAE United Arab Emirates
Uk United Kingdom
Vietnam Vietnam

 

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Universum’s 2014 Top Employers (Including Retailers): Part 1 — the U.S.

Universum is the global leader in employer branding. Annually, it conducts student surveys to determine their ideal employers – including retailers. In Part 1 of our two posts on these surveys, U.S. employers are highlighted. In Part 2, global/foreign employers will be highlighted.
The 2014 Universum U.S. Undergraduate Student Survey results are based on the responses of more than 46,000 undergraduate students: “Students choose an unlimited number of employers they would consider working for from a list of 230. From their ‘considered’ employers they choose their top five ‘Ideal’ employers. The Ideal Employer Rankings represent the companies with the most ‘Ideal’ votes.” 
These are the top-rated firms with a strong retail presence according to Universum’s U.S. undergraduate survey (in alphabetical order):
Amazon.com
Apple
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Gap
H&M
Ikea
Macy’s
Nordstrom
Starbucks
Target
Walt Disney
Click the image to access the listing of the 100 most ideal employers according to U.S. undergraduate business students. 
Here are the company factors that ALL of the U.S. undergraduates surveyed (regardless of major) consider most important in their job search. 
The 2014 Universum U.S. MBA Student Survey results are based on the responses of more than 2,500 MBA students: “Students choose an unlimited number of employers they would consider working for from a list of 230. From their ‘considered’ employers they choose their top five ‘Ideal’ employers. The Ideal Employer Rankings represent the companies with the most ‘Ideal’ votes.”
These are the top-rated firms with a strong retail presence according to Universum’s U.S. MBA survey (in alphabetical order): 
Amazon.com
Apple
eBay
Gap
Macy’s
Nordstrom
Starbucks
Target
Wal-Mart
Walt Disney
Click the image to access the listing of the 100 most ideal employers according to U.S. MBA business students. 
Here are the company factors that the U.S. MBA students surveyed consider most important in their job search.

 

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A Professional Etiquette Quiz: How Do You Fare?

As defined by businessdictionary.com, general etiquette encompasses “behaviors and expectations for individual actions within society, group, or class.” Professional (business) etiquette “involves treating coworkers and employers with respect and courtesy in a way that creates a pleasant work environment for everyone.”
With this in mind, Careerealism has devised a quiz: “How Good Is Your Professional Etiquette?”
Take this quiz and find out where YOU stand.

 

 

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Tips for Getting an Entry-Level Professional Job in Retail

In this YouTube video, a number of basic tips are given by Karen Sandiego, a young retail professional.

 

 

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Welcome Back, One World Trade Center

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It’s been thirteen years. Let’s never forget.

Originally posted on Evans on Marketing:

It has been about twelve-and-a-half years since one of the worst days in American history — a tragedy that many of us will remember forever. Now, One World Trade Center is ready to reclaim its unofficial title as “The Top of America.” And in the turbulent times we face, it is gratifying to see an important symbol back in the sky, although we will still miss the “Twin Towers.”

In recognition of the rebirth of 1 WTC, Time magazine has produced a great multimedia tribute.Click here to access it.As Richard Licayo writes:

“For years after the 9/11 attacks, nearly all the activity at Ground Zero was downward—digging through the piles of debris, excavating a vast pit to restore the ruined transit lines, preparing the foundations for the new buildings that would emerge there. Even the memorial that opened in 2011 was an exercise in the poetics of…

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The State of Showrooming Today

It’s been a while since we’ve written about showrooming (see for example: 12); but it remains a concern for many store-based retailers today. So, what’s currently going on with showrooming?
According to RR Donnelly Retail,
Rather than battle the trend [toward more and more showrooming], leading retailers are turning showrooming to their advantage through mobile shopping sites, online promotions, apps, and price-matching programs. Perhaps the most effective approach retailers are taking is a renewed and sharper focus on in-store marketing — promotions, displays, signage, and store design. As a result, they are improving the shopping experience and ultimately converting showrooming shoppers into purchasing customers.
Today, more than 80 percent of non-grocery purchase decisions are still made in-store.  In-store visual merchandising, POP signage, and traditional marketing methods such as coupons and circulars are helping drive the bulk of sales. And, although showrooming habits vary by category – with consumer electronics, toys, apparel, and home appliances being the most likely categories for U.S. shoppers to combine online and in-person sources — digital tools are also playing an increasing role in in-store sales.”
To read more from RR Donnelly, click the image.

 

 

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2014 Retail Operations Superstars

Retail Touchpoints recently released its Store Operations Superstar Awards 2014:
“Successful store operations improve the customer experience and ultimately, the bottom line. But today’s store operators are constantly juggling numerous challenges, from managing mobile technology to motivating employees. As competition continues to heat up, along with pressure to hold the line on expenses, store operations executives are faced with an uphill battle.”
“In our third annual Store Operations Superstar Awards, Retail TouchPoints is recognizing 14 companies that have implemented the most innovative, successful store operations strategies in the following categories: Workforce Management, Social/Mobile Strategies, Inventory Management/Loss Prevention, and Customer Engagement.
Take a look at the slideshow to learn more.

 

 

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