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Managing Your Retail Workforce

Contingent Workforce Solutions for the Retail Industry

Being able to scale the company’s workforce – up or down at will – is vital for retailers in today’s economy. This is why so many global retailers (82% in one recent estimate) depend on contingent workers in order to keep fixed costs low and flexibility high.

Retail workers like flexibility, too. In general, retail candidates rank type of work and schedule flexibility as the top two reasons they seek retail employment.

Managing Your Retail Workforce

Even though potential retail workers are attracted to contingent work, retailers are not immune to talent shortages. That is why it is important to have a system that can help to automate the talent acquisition process. That is where our vendor management systems (VMS) are so valuable. Beeline VMS is a web-based application that automates every step of the engagement of non-employee workers, from job requisition through billing and payment to evaluation and reporting. In the process, it ensures that everything is done in accordance with company policy and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Retail Employees

Risk-proof Your Non-employee Workforce

As contingent talent become an increasingly important part of retailers’ human capital strategies, it is vitally important to understand the risks – and opportunities – these non-employee workers represent. To take advantage of the very real opportunities this agile workforce represents while mitigating risk, it is vital to institute consistent governance, policies, and procedures for managing contingent workers.

Leading Retailers Trust Beeline

Many of the leading retail organizations depend on Beeline to facilitate the management of their contingent workforce programs. From job requisition to job completion, from temporary staffing to complex, statement of work-based services, Beeline streamlines the entire process, allowing our customers to:

  • Reduce costs through the elimination of rogue spending

  • Improve business intelligence through analytics and forecasting

  • Provide real-time cost benchmarks across skill sets and geographical scope

  • Increase compliance through better categorization of workers

  • Find skilled talent faster and more easily through direct sourcing and talent pools

  • Improve the quality of contractors and staffing suppliers

  • Interface with existing IT infrastructure

  • Consolidate billing and improve invoice accuracy

How to Evaluate a VMS Partner

Staffing and procurement industry analysts advise that minor differences in VMS functionality and service offerings can have a major impact on your contingent workforce program’s success.

Some of the factors you should consider:

Workforce Analytics

You program data is a treasure house. Beeline’s award-winning analytics toolkit will unlock it, to help you make better, more strategic staffing decisions.


Peace of mind comes from knowing that your data is secure. Protecting our clients’ data is our highest priority. You can be confident that Beeline’s software, state-of-the-art data centers, and processes – regularly audited by recognized independent authorities –is designed to ensure the security of your data.

Global Expertise

When the time comes to implement your program internationally, you need both global and local expertise. We support successful programs in more than 120 countries, providing a deep understanding of local laws and business practices.

Customer Support

You need and deserve more than a 24-hour help line. With Beeline, you can depend on unparalleled strategic and operational support to ensure your success throughout your program’s lifecycle.


As your contingent workforce needs change, your VMS partner keep you at least one step ahead. We make technology that adapts to your business needs, instead of forcing your business to fit our technology.


You need a partner that understands how workforce trends and technological innovation intersect. We get it, and the result is customer-centric innovation that gives you a competitive edge.

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