Mall Owners in Texas Help Stores Find Workers

Julija A. Image
ByJulija A.
June 03,2021

Simon Property Group and NorthPark Center are stepping in to help stores fill open job positions as COVID-19 restrictions loosen up, and shoppers start heading back to malls in Dallas, Texas.

With the economy slowly opening up, shopping centers are chipping in to assist their tenants in finding workers by holding job fairs and posting consolidated lists of available positions on dedicated landing pages, mobile apps, and social media accounts.

Simon Property Group, the largest mall operator in the United States, has been organizing virtual job fairs since the global health crisis hit as a courtesy to its tenants. The shopping mall owner has a consolidated list of hundreds of employment opportunities available nationwide. The list can be found on Simon’s website and is searchable by the retailer, state, and shopping center.

Dallas’ NorthPark Center is also promoting job opportunities at the mall on its website and via other digital channels. With positions available at about 80 stores, there’s plenty of choice for job seekers.

Despite these recent efforts, the US still has about 400,000 fewer jobs in retail compared to the prepandemic data. However, based on the most recent State Employment and Unemployment Summary report, the unemployment rate in Texas was 6.7% in April this year, which is nearly a half down from the state’s record-high joblessness rate of 12.9% in April 2020.

While the Texas retail employment rates have almost recovered to pre-COVID levels - approximately 1,322,500 Texans were employed in retail in April in comparison with 1,324,500 in February 2020 - more than 50% of business owners in this sector say that they’re still recruiting. That’s especially good news for high school and college students who may seek out many of the retail job opportunities.

There’s been a significant increase in mall traffic as more people are getting vaccinated against COVID-19. According to March data, foot traffic in US malls went up by 86% compared with the same month last year. Although this is still below March 2019 numbers, there’s an upwards trend and people are not only browsing but also spending more.

About the author

Julia A. is a writer at SmallBizGenius.net. With experience in both finance and marketing industries, she enjoys staying up to date with the current economic affairs and writing opinion pieces on the state of small businesses in America. As an avid reader, she spends most of her time poring over history books, fantasy novels, and old classics. Tech, finance, and marketing are her passions, and she’s a frequent contributor at various small business blogs.

More from news

The Spanish fashion retailer, Mango, announced its plans to open 30 new stores in the United States by the end of 2024. This is just a part of the retailer's global expansion, as there are also plans to open new stores in Europe and India. Although it had a lot of success in online sales during the pandemic, the company still believes that the brick-and-mortar experience is key to its growth.  The retailer currently has only six locations in the US and plans to start its expansion on Fifth Avenue in New York. The 2,100-square-foot flagship store is set to open in May. Besides this, the company targets Florida and has plans to open stores in Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Boca Raton. This expansion will be followed by Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and California.  According to the company, the United States is currently a top-ten market, and the goal is to make it a top-five market. Last year, Mango had 2,447 stores worldwide, an increase of around 10% compared to 2020, and now the goal is to widen the market even more. Toni Ruiz, Chief executive at Mango, said: “The role of the store will evolve. We are sure that sometimes it’s more logistics, sometimes it’s more about experiences, but we are convinced human contact is very important.” One of the goals of this expansion is to enhance the shopping process and make it more interactive and engaging for customers. The customer will have the possibility to order eCommerce products while doing their in-store shopping.  There will also be a click-and-collect option for when they want to order products online and pick them up in-store. The company also plans to improve data collection to provide a more personalized experience for its customers. Mango wants to expand its homeware business to the US market, too. Laura Vila, the home director at Mango, commented on this, saying: “Entering the United States homeware market is a significant step forward in our strategy to diversify our business and at the same time strengthen our international expansion plan in one of the most strategic markets for the company.” 
By Julija A. · April 14,2022
According to a recent report, the Maersk eCommerce Logistics business unit is getting into business in the US in a push to capitalize on the $600B eCommerce market there. Maersk boasts a network of over 70 strategically placed e-fulfillment centers capable of delivering to 75% of the population in the US within 24 hours and 95% within 48 hours. Casey Adams, head of Maersk eCommerce logistics in North America, said the following in a recent press release:  “Business gets more competitive every day as US consumer online shopping demand continues to grow. Our fulfillment network is designed to bring B2C expertise and scale to Maersk customers with direct-to-consumer fulfillment, parcel delivery, and supply chain visibility in an end-to-end offering. By making eCommerce supply chains easier and more robust, we can deliver factory-to-sofa service.”  Before emerging in the US market, Maersk has rapidly expanded its eCommerce presence with recent acquisitions, purchasing Visible Supply Chain Management – a notable US-based eCommerce fulfillment firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. The company also acquired two European eCommerce firms: B2C Europe and HUUB and Asia's LF Logistics. Maersk hopes that the previous acquisitions will provide integrated logistics solutions in the North American market, especially in B2B warehousing and distribution. The Danish shipping company Maersk already has a significant presence in Europe and Asia, serving over 100,000 clients with B2B supply chains and transporting 12 million containers per year. Its services include order and transportation management, customs clearance, and a range of eCommerce fulfillment options. Its Californian-based branch, Performance Team (acquired in April 2020), will offer warehousing and distribution solutions and a full range of transportation services for the North American market. Mr. Adams and the Maersk team were in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the 2022 Shoptalk event from March 27-30. The agenda of the conference, which attracts over 8,000 people each year, covered the latest retail technologies, trends, and business models and discussed consumers’ behavior.   
By Nemanja Vasiljevic · April 06,2022
According to the National Retail Federation’s survey for 2020 and 2021, retail returns skyrocketed to over $760 billion in value.
By Vladana Donevski · March 14,2022

Leave your comment

Your email address will not be published.


There are no comments yet