Archive for May, 2013

Company hires for Atlanta executive jobs

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

One company has made the big leap to secure a hire for Atlanta executive jobs.

Lectra, a provider of integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials—fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, has hired Shane Cumming as Vice President of Sales, Fashion for North America.

Cumming will be responsible for strengthening Lectra’s relationships with its fashion customers in North America. He will also provide them with long-term support in overcoming their challenges, and help them develop their strategies for the future.

Cumming has 20 years’ experience in leading account management and sales teams to deliver enterprise solutions for the fashion industry. Prior to joining Lectra, he spent 10 years at Infor (formerly Lawson Software and Intentia), progressing through product and regional sales management positions, most recently serving as vice president of fashion sales for North America. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in Canada.

“As the North American fashion market continues to undergo a recovery, consumers are becoming increasingly sophisticated. They now make their purchasing decisions based on more than just price alone—they look to quality and fit, how the clothes make them feel, as key differentiating factors. Time-to-consumer, cost and efficiency will remain major drivers for fashion companies in the coming years, but they will now need to go further and put an emphasis on improving these qualitative aspects,” commented Daniel Harari, Lectra CEO.

“Lectra’s innovative technology, especially its 3D virtual prototyping solution, allows fashion companies to reduce cycle time and cost, dramatically improving efficiency; and enhance the control of quality and fit. Its fashion-specific PLM platform facilitates quick and effective decision-making, as everyone involved in the process has real-time information, communicated in a visual way. Collaboration is Lectra’s focus as we work with leading fashion companies to help them bring collections to market,” added Shane Cumming.

Clothing store creates retail jobs in Atlanta

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

The opening of a new J Crew signals more retail jobs in Atlanta.

J.Crew will be located in Westside Provisions District, a place for for boutique shopping and dining in West Midtown.

Retail tenants include Anthropologie, Everything But Water, Jonathan Adler, Room & Board, Steven Alan, Sid and Ann Mashburn, Star Provisions, Billy Reid, Kayce Hughes, lululemon, Jack Spade, Knoll Furniture and Bungalow, as well as Dragonfly Salon. Fine dining options include West Egg Cafe, the trendy tavern Ormsby’s, Taqueria del Sol, JCT Kitchen and Anne Quatrano’s renowned restaurants Bacchanalia and Abattoir.

Joining other national newcomers Steven Alan, Jack Spade and Everything But Water, J.Crew has signed a lease at the District and will open in 2013.

J.Crew’s Westside location at Howell Mill Road and 14th Street will occupy 3,200 square feet in the one-story, free-standing building.

The Westside will be the first outside of a traditional big box or outlet shopping mall.

Jamestown is represented internally by Kristin Morris, and J.Crew is represented by Steve Merkle of Open Realty.

“The influx of refined micro brands coming to Westside Provisions District enhances our curated retail dynamic,” said Michael Phillips, COO of Jamestown, the real estate developer behind the District. “J.Crew’s commitment to being an innovative fashion retailer makes them a great complement to our District community of tenants.”

New development to create Atlanta retail jobs

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

The purchase and expansion of a new development is sure to create many more Atlanta retail jobs.

Coro Realty Advisors and Easlan Capital said that they will develop the retail component of the Heights at Brookleigh.

Coro will lease and manage the property.

The development includes a retirement community and over 400 apartments, townhomes and single family homes.

The property, known as Brookleigh Marketplace, will contain approximately 48,000 square feet of retail. The property’s location at Johnsons Ferry Road near Ashford Dunwoody Road has remained undeveloped for some time and has been widely pursued.

Brookleigh Marketplace is planned to include 2 outparcels and approximately 27,000 square feet of in-line space in two to three buildings. Coro and Easlan are targeting restaurants and a variety of neighborhood retail uses for the property.

Robert Fransen, Partner of Coro, commented, “Coro is committed to enhancing the retail experience in Atlanta, and is excited about adding to the value created in this area by the recent construction of several residential developments. We believe that Brookleigh Marketplace will be a vibrant addition to the Brookhaven community.”

“We are enthusiastic about bringing this product to our site,” said Kent Levenson, President of Easlan. Easlan assisted the Worthing Company and Norsouth in the design and rezoning of the property. “Brookleigh Marketplace’s design, new construction and strategic location enable us to fill a niche not currently served by the older retail properties in the area. The talented, seasoned individuals working at Coro and Easlan are in tune with this market and are the best suited to maximize the potential of this unique location.” Easlan Capital specializes in the design, zoning, and development of mixed use properties, most notably the St. Regis Plaza, Terminus, and Glenridge Springs Projects in Atlanta.”

Atlanta jobs get a kick

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Nationwide job growth in April was strong, and that was supported in states as well, as Atlanta jobs also had a strong month.

This is according to data just released from the Conference Board.

Online advertised vacancies rose 204,300 in April to 5,103,100 in The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine (HWOL) Data Series.

In March, there were 6.8 million more unemployed than the number of advertised vacancies, down from 11.9 million at the end of the recession in June 2009.

online labor demand rose in 44 of the 50 States in the U.S. (Table 3). States that decreased were Montana, Maryland, New Jersey, West Virginia, Utah, and Kentucky. Over eighty percent (41 of the 50 States) are above last year’s April levels.

The largest gain in online labor demand was in the West, up 70,400 in April with almost half of the increase, 32,200, in California. Arizona gained 17,400 and reached the highest level in its HWOL series. Washington rose 8,800 while Colorado gained 1,200. Among the smaller Western States, Oregon gained 3,400 in April and Nevada rose 1,700. Utah fell 300.

Online labor demand in the South rose 39,700 in April (Table A) with Texas experiencing the largest increase (10,700). Florida increased by 7,500; Georgia, by 4,300; Virginia, by 2,600; and North Carolina, by 2,100. Maryland dropped 1,000. Among the smaller States, Arkansas increased by 3,600; Louisiana, by 2,100; Tennessee, by 1,000; and South Carolina, by 500.

Online labor demand in the Midwest also rose 39,700 in April. Illinois posted the largest gain, 8,800. Wisconsin rose 6,900 to its all-time HWOL high. Minnesota was up 4,900. Missouri gained 3,400. Michigan increased by 3,000 and Ohio, by just 300. Among the smaller Midwest States in April, Indiana increased by 2,700; Kansas, by 2,400; and North Dakota, by 1,200.

Online labor demand in the Northeast increased by 20,900 in April with Pennsylvania up 8,200 to 211,900, its series high. Massachusetts and New York both gained 4,800, with the latter reaching its series high. New Jersey was down 700. Among the smaller States in the Northeast, April labor demand increased by 1,400 in Connecticut, 1,100 in New Hampshire, 700 in Rhode Island, and 300 in Maine.

“For many workers looking for a new job, 2013 has been somewhat disappointing with the number of advertised vacancies in April largely unchanged from January,” said June Shelp, Vice President at The Conference Board. “The 204,000 rise in April is a good sign, but the question is: Will the improvement hold next month and will employers begin to add workers instead of just replacing those who leave?”

The 2013 results in the service/manufacturing occupations are mixed with manufacturing stalling and sales workers and food service openings slumping.