Veterans have always been a powerful resource for the retail industry. Their “can-do” attitude cultivated throughout a military career, makes them tenacious problem-solvers and vigilant customer advocates.
Veterans bring in-demand skills and a strong work ethic to the job, and the retail industry offers veterans broad opportunity to gain experience, prosper, and lead in the nation’s most dynamic and innovative industry.
Our military veterans embody the skills and characteristics often found in the best employees and understand the value of leadership and maintaining a solid chain of command. Many, have held leadership positions, managing hundreds or even thousands of personnel. Veterans are keenly aware of the importance of trusting one’s team and that the unit is stronger than the sum of its parts.
In a 27-page report, Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families reveals findings on the importance of hiring military veterans in retail. The report includes case studies on the military recruitment and retention programs at Walmart, Disney, and Starbucks and recommendations for retailers on how to recruit, hire and retain veterans in their organizations.