The Buzz

2609, 2017

Robo-Patrol

By |September 26th, 2017|

To peer into the future of staffing, one need look no further than Knightscope, a Mountain View, Calif.-based startup that builds and “places” security robots.

Founded in 2013, the firm deploys robots that, armed with myriad sensors, are primarily used to enhance, expand and automate on-site security services. They look like adolescent- sized iPods that patrol […]

2108, 2017

The Buzz: Tokens for Labor

By |August 21st, 2017|

When bitcoin was created in 2009, it brought with it equal parts excitement and apprehension. Bitcoin is what is known as a “cryptocurrency,” an online form of currency based on blockchain technology that is borderless, secure, decentralized, and can be transferred/exchanged instantaneously. By many accounts, bitcoin has been a success. However, their incredible price fluctuations […]

2707, 2017

The Buzz: Sense It

By |July 27th, 2017|

If a company has 10 employees and loses one, its employee expense is reduced by 10% (assuming equal pay).

For a staffing firm deploying 10 contractors, however, losing one of those contractors means revenue is down 10%. For an industry that is compensated based on the number of workers it employs, retention is not just important, it’s essential.

Enter San Francisco-based Sense, […]

2305, 2017

Track to Place

By |May 23rd, 2017|

What if you knew someone was poking around the Internet looking at information about specific companies, networking with others for exposure to new opportunities?

That they were updating their professional image online, connecting with recruiters, following or looking at career-related content, and a slew of other things passive job seekers do on their lunch breaks or […]

105, 2017

Machine vs. Man

By |May 1st, 2017|

SourceCon (a subsidiary of HR firm ERE Media) recently hosted its annual competition to crown the best sourcer in the world. In the competition, sourcers and recruiters received three separate job descriptions and titles along with thousands of actual résumés.

Armed only with that information, recruiters around the world had to determine which candidates were sourced, […]

2703, 2017

Providing the Ladder

By |March 27th, 2017|

From its headquarters in San Francisco, it might be tempting to categorize Samasource alongside all the other online staffing platforms that have been established to take advantage of the growth in the gig economy over the past few years.

But Samasource has a very different corporate mission from the other entrepreneurial businesses that have sprung up […]

1302, 2017

Finding Consultants

By |February 13th, 2017|

Though it seems to have become ubiquitous, I still sometimes marvel at the concept of a “store-within-a-store,” such as a Starbucks within a grocery store.

This is a business arrangement where an independently owned company operates a “mini-store” within a larger retail outlet. The concept applies beyond coffee and shopping. New York-based Work Rails is the […]

111, 2016

The Buzz: Rethinking Logistics

By |November 1st, 2016|

You can tell the staffing industry is living some interesting times when one of the fastest-growing firms is thriving on a model that seems at odds with the dominant one in the competition, not to mention the very idea of temporary staffing.

This is the case in France, one of the oldest staffing markets in Europe […]

110, 2016

The Buzz: Build It & They Will Come

By |October 1st, 2016|

The best business is one your existing customers beg you to start. If you staff insurance adjusters, and your cornerstone client reaches out and asks you to start supplying pharmacists, there are few better impetuses to start a new line or division. For San Francisco-based Bonsai, their foray into building a contractor management platform followed just such a trajectory.

“We originally […]

109, 2016

Data in Dollars

By |September 1st, 2016|

For years, staffing executives have read about “big data” and wondered, “but what does it actually do for me?!” A recruitment analytics firm, HIRABL, allows the staffing industry to be more profitable, helping recruiters turn idle data into dollars for their clients along with helping agencies worldwide improve compliance. The company was founded in 2015. […]