SOURCE: The Strive Group

The Strive Group

November 10, 2011 09:00 ET

The Strive Group Prioritizes Hiring and Helping Veterans

More Than 25 Veterans Deliver Leadership Skills, Discipline and Work Ethic to the Leading Integrated Merchandising Supply Chain Company

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Nov 10, 2011) - The Strive Group, an integrated merchandising supply chain company servicing the retail and consumer packaged goods sector, will celebrate Veterans Day with a formal tribute from CEO Jeff Sharfstein to honor and thank the company's many veteran employees for their service to the country and the company. The day also serves as a reminder of the company's efforts to recruit, hire and retain veterans at all levels of the organization.

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in October among recent veterans was 12 percent, up from an average of 10.5 percent in 2010 and well above the national unemployment rate of 9 percent. Knowing this and with an understanding of the unique, valuable skills veterans bring to the workplace, The Strive Group actively recruits military veterans. Ongoing participation in veterans' job fairs and close working relationships with local veterans' affairs offices are just several ways that The Strive Group supports recruitment and employment of U.S. Veterans. Strive also offers resources within the company committed to helping veterans assimilate into civilian work life and succeed in their positions.

"Discipline, work ethic, and a clear, goal-oriented approach to their job are just a few of the qualities that make veterans exceptional employees," said Sharfstein. "Hiring veterans is a priority at Strive and our experience is that they add value to the company in every respect."

Currently, The Strive Group employs approximately 30 veterans representing all branches of the U.S. armed forces. They fill positions throughout the organization, representing a diverse set of functions, from maintenance and administration, to engineering, quality and shipping. In addition, Annette Groenink, a former U.S. Marine Corps. officer who served in the U.S. and Korea as part of Marine Air Group 24, is The Strive Group's Chief Operating Officer.

"One of my top objectives at Strive was helping our organization see what value a veteran can bring and how to assess that during the interview process," said Groenink. "The skills gained in the military can be subtle when viewed on a resume -- discipline, integrity, technical aptitude -- but translate well into a corporate environment."

As part of its initiative to support U.S. armed forces, the company recently hosted a clothing drive at several locations to collect gloves, socks, t-shirts and other items that will be sent to those on active duty in the Middle East.

Veterans interested in employment at The Strive Group are encouraged to visit the company's career page to search open positions by location or submit a resume.

About The Strive Group
The Strive Group's Integrated Merchandising Supply Chain (IMSC) model is a business process that compresses the merchandising supply chain to a "just in time" delivery model. IMSC encompasses the full spectrum of sales, marketing, operations, transportation, finance and procurement, aligning goals and linking teams. The Strive Group's IMSC commercialization execution model gives customers a complete understanding of the total cost of ownership (TCO); an accurate measurement of the return on merchandising investment (ROMI); and a faster time-to-market for their products. The Strive Group enables customers to reduce or eliminate obsolete materials, control inventory management, better deploy internal resources and significantly enhance service levels internally and externally. For more information visit:

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