Tuesday, July 12, 2011
ATLANTA--On the Business Beat our focus is on small business and the latest on Tablet PC's.
Some encouraging news for Atlanta small business this morning.
Despite record breaking unemployment numbers, small businesses in Atlanta are seeing an uptick in jobs.
SurePayroll reports that across America small business jobs are down 2.3% with pay also down, but in Atlanta jobs are up by 2% and pay is up by 1.6%.
Not big increases but encouraging keeping in mind that most every other market is either down or flat.
And a major turnaround for a large Western supermarket chain that could find its way to Atlanta.
It's Albertsons, with stores in 6 Western states doing away with self-checkout in favor of rehiring staff and encouraging one-to-one customer contact.
Supermarket trade publications report that Kroger is experimenting with doing the same thing while Publix is quote-on the fence" about its policy.
Despite the switch, more than 150 retailers in 22 countries use self-checkout as a way to save money and time.
And could the tablet PC be losing its edge.
Tracking firm IDC reports shipments of the tablets are down 28% in the first quarter.
But that still represents more than 7-million units.
Despite the dip---estimates are that more than 53-million tablets will ship in 2011.