Urban Ladder to hire 1,400 more this year

The Hindu Business Line

Online furniture vendor Urban Ladder will add 1,400 employees to its workforcethis year to beef up its rapid expansion plan. The Bengaluru-based company's current headcount is 600 across seven cities. The company is also planning to expand its presence to 25 more cities, including Coimbatore, Mysore, Kolkata and Vizag, by 2015-end and to add more product lines and categories to its existing portfolio.


Expert Opinion: Digital meets physical: Re-invigorating online engagement

Commerce has gone digital. The online shopping experience is easily accessible for customers at any time, from anywhere, via any device. But the virtual experience too often is missing the human link. Customer service needs to keep pace with the online migration of commerce.

Gucci to check Chinese suppliers after TV exploitation charges

The Japan Times Online

Italian fashion house Gucci said on Monday it would strengthen controls on its suppliers after a television program showed Chinese employees working more than three times their official hours to assemble its handbags.

The head of a Gucci subcontractor told an investigative program broadcast by RAI state television on Sunday that Gucci was aware it irregularly employed Chinese workers.

Japanese Supreme Court rejects Uniqlo lawsuit over book about overwork problems

The Japan Times Online

The Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by Uniqlo demanding damages over a book that describes overwork situations faced by its managers.

The top court's Third Petty Bench made a decision, dated Tuesday, not to accept the plaintiff's appeal against lower court rulings that deemed core parts of the book to be true.

According to the lower court rulings, the book, published in 2011 by Bungeishunju Ltd., claims that a Uniqlo store manager worked more than 300 hours per month, including unpaid overtime, and that the employer ignored the situation.

Expert Opinion: Festive HR headaches and how to avoid them

December can be an unusual month for businesses. Many departments’ focus has shifted to the coming year, budgets are being finalised, sales are closing deals rather than seeking out new opportunities and there can be an air of winding-down as Christmas approaches.

But one department that certainly won’t be easing off is HR. There is no let-up in demand for managers’ time and skills. So, with seasonal headaches vying with festive calamities for attention, what should the prudent HR manager get ready for this Christmas?


CEO Talking Shop: What's next for Philippine’s Jollibee?

The Philippines’ number one fast food and one of Asia’s largest restaurant chains is embarking on a new journey.

On it’s 35th anniversary last year, it has 833 stores in its network. What started as a humble ice cream parlor purely selling ice cream products in 1975 has grown to become one of the largest in Asia.

It opened its 100th store in 1991, 200th in 1996, 300th in 1998, 400th in 2001, 500th in 2004, and 600th in 2007th, 700th in 2010, 800th in 2013.

Ebay considering cutting 10pc of workforce


Online retailer eBay Inc is mulling over a plan to cut thousands of jobs early next year, as it readies to spin off its PayPal unit, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the company's thinking.

Ebay is considering eliminating almost 10 percent of its workforce, or about 3,000 employees, the WSJ cited one source as saying.

The cuts are expected to be localized in the company's marketplace division, the report said.

H&M opens Centre of Excellence in Dhaka to support textile workers

H&M, in cooperation with ILO and Swedish Development Agency (SIDA), has opened the first ever Centre of Excellence for the Bangladesh Apparel Industries (CEBAI )in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina B Reddy, Prime Minister of Bangladesh officially opened the Centre of Excellence during a ceremony held at the Dhaka Apparel Summit in Dhaka on Sunday (7 December).

For IKEA recruiters, nothing works better than a face-to-face interview

Shanghai Daily

In the age of the internet, furniture retailer IKEA stands out special. It has managed to rack up double-digit growth in China in recent years without operating any online sales channel.

IKEA China recently held its first open-day event to interact with jobseekers face-to-face – using but not depending on the internet. In Shanghai, about a hundred candidates who had submitted resumes to the company joined in conversation with their potential future employer.

Samsung launches Smart Signage TV for small and medium retailers

Samsung Electronics H.K. Co., Ltd on Thursday introduced Samsung Smart Signage TV for small and medium retailers. The business solution combines the informational and promotional benefits of digital display by sharing various customized in-store promotions and business content, along with the entertainment value of live TV for business customers.

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