Kurt Peters , Senior Executive Editor
Largest full-line sporting goods retailer standardizes on Unicru for all hiring
PORTLAND, Ore. - June 15, 2004 - Unicru(r) Inc. today announced that The Sports Authority, Inc. (NYSE:TSA) has selected Unicru to meet all of their corporate and store-level hiring needs, displacing an incumbent applicant tracking system. The new agreement includes a multi-year extension of its Unicru relationship to optimize the service and productivity of its employees in the athletic retailer`s 389 US locations. Unicru, the leader in workforce selection and optimization for hourly employees, has already helped The Sports Authority improve the tenure of their store employees year over year - up 21% from 2001 to 2002 and another 29% from 2002 to 2003.
In selecting Unicru`s Total Workforce Acquisition solution The Sports Authority is now able to rely on a single vendor for the sourcing, screening, matching, assessing, interviewing and hiring of professional, managerial and hourly staff.
"Our position and brand awareness in this competitive industry depends on the customer-facing aspects--our employees--being at the top of that list," said Micah Moore, Manager of Talent Acquisition at The Sports Authority. "We selected the Unicru Salaried Solution because of the success we`ve had with Unicru at the store level in finding and hiring employees who are the best match for The Sports Authority. The added bonus is the positive impact it has had on our bottom line costs with respect to decreased turnover and consistent increases in tenure."
Adds Chris Marsh, Unicru president and CEO, "An industry leader like The Sports Authority who commits to excellent operations and technological innovation at the store level can only benefit from advancing smart hiring processes across the board. With the Unicru Salaried Solution, the company will further demonstrate this commitment to its employees and customers while increasing its overall competitive advantage."
About The Sports Authority
The Sports Authority, headquartered in Englewood, CO, is one of the nation`s largest full-line sporting goods retailers offering a comprehensive high-quality assortment of brand name sporting apparel and equipment at competitive prices. As of May 1, 2004, The Sports Authority operated 389 stores in 45 states under The Sports Authority(R), Gart Sports(R), Sportmart(R) and Oshman`s(R) names. The Company`s e-tailing websites, located at thesportsauthority.com, gartsports.com, sportmart.com and oshmans.com, are operated by GSI Commerce, Inc. under license and e-commerce agreements. In addition, the Company maintains a joint venture partnership with AEON, Ltd., which operates "The Sports Authority" stores in Japan under a licensing agreement.
Unicru is the leading provider of Total Workforce Acquisition solutions that enable enterprises to systematically select the highest quality employees across job roles throughout the enterprise to positively impact corporate outcomes through workforce initiatives. Unicru combines scientifically-proven employee selection assessments, applicant recruitment, hiring management decision support, and complete data capture for measurement and continuous improvement of business results for over 60 enterprises including Albertsons, Universal Studios, Blockbuster, CVS, Kroger, and Southeastern Freightlines. For more information, visit www.unicru.com.
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