Liz Crompton expands our Toronto team!

As retail recovers, how will retailers find the right people to drive that recovery across their organizations?

To get help finding the retail professionals they need, it would make sense for them to turn to a retail professional with a track record for driving success herself. Especially one with experience across multiple retail profiles, and in areas as varied as store operations, marketing, analytics, training & development and more.

As a seasoned retail professional with a strong track record for success and a broad range of skills and experience, Liz has just the right background to be able to understand the needs of leading retailers, and deliver the retail professionals who fit.

Liz started in retail in Corporate Operations while simultaneously studying General Business and Human Resources. She continued to hone her retail experience by moving to the Bay in a senior corporate role, then shifting through HR and Store Management roles into Business Analysis. With that retail foundation, Liz has moved up through to senior leadership roles at the Director and VP level for major brands including HBC/Home Outfitters, Sears and BuyBuyBaby. In these roles she developed new sales channels & marketing programs, rolled out new ecommerce platforms and delivered the training required to make them all work.

With a broad retail background and a solid track record for building business, Liz has now joined JRoss Retail Recruiters to help our clients find the people they need to build their own.

To learn more about Liz and the rest of the JRoss team click here.

Great brands need great leaders to successfully drive their recovery – yet Canada is facing a severe labour shortage.

In December 2021, The Retail Council of Canada’s “Retail Conditions” report showed that for many retailers holiday sales were starting to near 2019 or better volumes, following a solid September and October. 74% of the retailers responding saw sales go up compared to 2020 – with 69% reporting increases over 2019! Douglas Porter, the Chief Economist at the Bank of Montreal said in a December interview “The consumer is ready and willing to spend”. And the Business Development Bank’s Chief Economist also stated in December “Confidence in the economy is strong. We’re back to the pre-crisis level for the first time in 18 months”.

Yet in the same month, the BDC also reported that 55% of the companies surveyed already had difficulties in hiring qualified workers, and 64% of those surveyed said their growth was limited by a shortage of labour. The BDC anticipated that labour shortages are expected to emerge as the greatest impediment to business investment in 2022.

With the recovery in motion, the key ingredient for success will be great leaders who can make it happen. To find them, retailers will be turning to those who have proven to be great leaders themselves – for example, JRoss recruiters like Liz.