May 17, 2020

Chipotle Reaches Out to Job Seekers with Mobile Application Program

Chipotle Mexican Grill
Technology
employees
QSR
Staff Writer
3 min
Chipotle Reaches Out to Job Seekers with Mobile Application Program
Chipotle Mexican Grill is a business that stakes a significant portion of its reputation on building an overall strong corporate culture. The chain’s...

Chipotle Mexican Grill is a business that stakes a significant portion of its reputation on building an overall strong corporate culture. The chain’s executive team speaks frequently about its commitment to sourcing its managers internally and promoting its best employees to grow within the company. But as Chipotle grows, it also has to use every resource available in order to find the best employees possible. To help achieve this, Chipotle has launched a new mobile job application program with the aim of widening its recruiting net by letting job seekers apply through their mobile devices.  

“We are always looking to find top-performing candidates for jobs in our restaurants, and support departments,” said Monty Moran, co-CEO of Chipotle. “To get the very best applicants, it’s important to be accessible using the platforms that people are using. Increasingly, that means mobile.”

When talking about applications, it can be easy to think in terms of the ubiquitous downloadable mobile app. But in Chipotle’s case, employees aren’t mean to look in Google Play or iTunes to kickstart a career at the chain. This program involves Chipotle upgrading and optimizing the careers portion of its website to be fully compatible with mobile devices from tablets to smartphones, allowing interested persons to browse open positions from the local to corporate level and apply electronically wherever they are (including while eating a burrito at an actual Chipotle location).

Chipotle reportedly worked to develop the app in conjunction with Jibe, a New York-based tech company specializing in cloud-based recruiting technology. It certainly makes sense as the way to go—young people in high school or college make up a core portion of the demographic who would be interested in an entry-level position at Chipotle, and those young people especially conduct their lives online and on mobile devices at a rapidly growing rate:

Chipotle’s move to include mobile applications comes as mobile Internet access is on the rise. According to a Nielsen study on “the new digital consumer,” adults in the US spend 34 hours per month on average on the internet using a smartphone, compared with 27 hours online using a computer, and the Pew Internet Research project notes that nearly two-thirds of cell phone owners use their phone to go online, with one-third of cell internet users using their phone as their primary internet device.

 

Instead of forcing this demographic to conform to more rigid application standards, allowing potential employees to apply on their own terms could give Chipotle the pool it needs for a growing brand opening multiple locations every day. The brand has also already seen success: since the mobile site’s initial launch in October, nearly 20 percent of its overall incoming job applications (that’s about 5,000 applications) have come in via mobile devices. That’s added convenience for hopefuls, and a lot of added employee pool choice for Chipotle to build the best team that it can. 

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Jul 13, 2021

Lidl's climate targets and carbon neutral ambition

Food
Lidl
Retail
climate
Helen Adams
2 min
Lidl
Discount retailer Lidl vows to reduce emissions from its own operations and to support suppliers in their own climate targets

Discount retailer Lidl has announced its aim to reduce CO2 emissions from its own operations. 

By 2030, Lidl aims to reduce its operational emissions by 80% across all 32 countries it operates in.

 

Lidl lowering prices and carbon emissions

To achieve this, Lidl will focus on cutting carbon emissions across its retail stores and distribution centres in a number of ways:

  • Solar panel installation on all new stores, where possible
  • Improving overall energy efficiency through investment in the latest refrigeration and lighting technologies 
  • Lidl will operate 350 electric vehicle charging points at its stores by 2022
  • The company will also oblige suppliers, representing 75 % of product-related scope 3 emissions, to commit to their own climate protection targets according to the methodology of the Science Based Targets initiative, by 2026
  • Lidl will continue to support farmers in Lidl GB’s Grassroots programme, to conduct develop carbon reduction plans.

 

Lidl’s ambitious targets to make a significant contribution

Lidl has been building partnerships with other suppliers to boost sustainability, such as its initiative with Wyke Farms to produce a supermarket-first carbon neutral cheddar and Lidl’s commitment to ban peat from its compost range by 2022.

“With the UK hosting COP26 in November, this is a crucial year in the fight against climate change and we recognise our responsibility to reduce our emissions to help tackle this important issue”, said Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB. “As part of the Schwarz Group, Lidl has a presence in 32 countries around the world and more than 310,000 employees globally. We’re therefore one of Europe’s largest retail businesses and through these ambitious targets we hope to make a significant contribution by not only rapidly decarbonising our own operations but also supporting our suppliers to do the same. As a discounter, it is ingrained in us to be constantly looking to maximise efficiency and reduce waste. Whether it’s how we heat and light our stores, or how we transport food from our suppliers to our warehouses, we are continuing to find ways to cut emissions across our business.”

 

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