Camp Old Navy
By George Anderson
A group of kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Summit County, Ohio got to find out what working at retail is all about at “Camp Old Navy” at the Chapel Hill Mall in Akron.
The program, reports the Akron Beacon Journal, was designed to introduce 13- to 18-year-olds to the career potential of working for the Old Navy division at Gap Inc. The
intent, according to the report, was to give the teens “a hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience” of what it is like to work at retail.
Participants in the program observe store employees as they go about their jobs. They were also put to work by helping unpack a product shipment, organize it and get clothes
out on the floor of the store.
Vince Rogers, customer service supervisor at the Chapel Hill Old Navy, said, “I hope they (program participants) see what retail is all about, how much work it takes, how many
jobs it takes to run a store and hopefully get an Old Navy or Gap Inc. employee.’
Moderator’s Comment: How can retailers improve employee recruiting? What do they need to do to get more people thinking
of retail as a career choice rather than simply a job to do until something better comes along? –
George Anderson – Moderator