Americans spent $200 billion online in 2011. The opportunity for retailers is huge--but you're not going to grab it with a DIY website.A report this week from Forrester Research confirmed what just about everybody in business already knew: Americans are buying online and they are buying a lot.The study reported that Americans spent more than $200 billion online in 2011 and projected that total would rise to $327 billion in 2016. The 2016 figure represents 9 percent of all retail sales (up from 7 percent in 2011).Among the report’s interesting findings:53 percent of Americans made an online purchase in 2011.58 percent are expected to make an online purchase in 2016.People believe they get the best deals when shopping online.Tablet devices like the iPad have spurred online impulse buying.If these stats don’t make you want to reevaluate your e-commerce efforts—and perhaps plan a redesign!—they should.An attractive, well-organized website, with a back-end that functions seamlessly and a shopping cart that makes the purchasing process as easy and intuitive as possible will do wonders for your bottom line.Ten years ago, building a quality e-commerce website was a highly expensive proposition. You had to hire an outside firm to do it. Today, businesses can use any number of open-source platforms to build a complex, yet relatively inexpensive e-commerce site.But just because you can do it yourself, should you?I say no
With Veterans Day just around the corner, Indeed wanted to better understand the landscape for veterans returning to work. Veterans have much to offer the civilian workforce, having faced unique challenges in active duty. Not only do they bring transferable skills from the time they spent in service, but they also have strong soft skills, including problem-solving, critical thinking, integrity and collaboration — all of which are crucial to high-functioning teams.
However, despite this valuable experience, it can be a challenge for many veterans to find civilian jobs after leaving the military. They may not know where to start their search or how to connect their skills to an employer’s needs. Employers, in turn, may not understand that military service work often involves skills that are transferable to the corporate office or may overlook candidates who describe their background in military terminology.
We wanted to know which companies provide the best jobs and benefits for current and former U.S. military service members, so our data analytics team dove into over 200 million ratings and reviews listed on Indeed Company Pages. Based on those results, here are our Top-Rated Workplaces for Veterans in 2019:
Keller Williams leads the list once again
This year’s top 10 top employers for veterans span a variety of industries: from government and defense to real estate, banking, retail, tech and health care.
The government and defense sectors provide a smooth transition for many veterans. These jobs allow for continued national service and involve skills and tasks similar to those utilized in the military — making companies within these sectors some of the top employers for veterans. In fact, veterans make up 31% of the federal workforce, despite being less than 10% of the U.S. adult population. An initiative called veteran’s preference also gives special consideration to qualified veterans seeking federal employment.
However, the top-ranking company on this year’s list is Texas-based real estate franchise Keller Williams, leading the pack again after coming in first last year.
Keller Williams is known for having a remarkable culture, which seems to score big points with employees. The company ranked first on two other Indeed lists — Top-Rated Workplaces for Culture and Top-Rated Workplaces for Work-Life Balance — within the past year.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) follows Keller Williams, coming in at number two. Through its dedicated job page for veterans, the FBI clearly demonstrates how veterans can apply transferable skills and continue serving their country through employment at the organization.
Other government agencies that rank highly as top employers for veterans include the Internal Revenue Service (#9) and NASA (#13). As defense contractors, Northrop Grumman (#3), Raytheon (#6) and Lockheed Martin (#7) are also natural fits for our list; these organizations provide products and services, such as defense and transport, to the U.S. military and intelligence departments.
Rounding out the top five workplaces for…