Employee Compensation & Benefits Consulting Services for the Retail and CPG Industries

Strategic Resource Group works nationwide with top retail and CPG companies, aiding their compensation structures, labor contracts, and collective bargaining strategies.

Attracting, hiring, and retaining a talented workforce is one of the highest costs for an employer.

Gallup estimates the cost of replacing an employee is between half and two times their annual salary. Employee turnover often costs thousands of dollars when factoring in hiring costs, time spent interviewing, and training.

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SRG navigates the intricacies of employee benefits plans, so our clients can maximize employee morale, retention, and productivity.

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Successful Labor Projects

In The Post-Pandemic Era, Workers Are Demanding Different Compensation Plans and Working Conditions

SRG works with the various union and non-union employers, tailoring our approach to fit your company’s goals.

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Strategic Resource Group’s In-Depth Wage and Benefit Analyses Include:

  • Full-time and part-time employees.

  • Hourly wages and frequency of pay changes.

  • Bonus structures.

  • Premium wage rates (overtime, weekend, and holiday pay).

  • Paid time off (vacation time, personal days, sick leave).

  • Health insurance benefits.

  • Retirement, 401(k), and profit-sharing plans.

  • Professional development and growth programs.

  • Employee discounts.

  • Work-from-home stipends.

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SRG Provides Retail and CPG Companies with Wage and Benefits Market Analysis

To provide companies with the most accurate and comprehensive labor information, SRG utilizes unique data-gathering tools. Our team analyzes labor market standards and uses proprietary labor costing models to create an individualized compensation strategy for clients.

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  • Proprietary labor and benefit costing model to determine current and future labor costs.

  • Quantified impact of various labor changes including wage rate, scheduling, premium wage rates, eligibility, PTO, and variation in hiring, turnover, and demographics.

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  • Strategy, design, and implementation of compensation plans, with an emphasis on cost-effectiveness and ideal delivery of benefits.

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  • Preparing and assisting clients during negotiations with labor union leaders.

  • Risk and strike avoidance strategies to protect your brand’s reputation.

  • Labor contract database with significant union strikes and employment contract settlements.

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  • Recruiting executives that fit the needs and culture of your organization.

  • Extensive network across the retail and CPG industries.

We Are Committed To Serving Our Clients' Compensation & Benefits Needs

SRG has extensive industry expertise, a vast network, years of field research experience, and labor relations experts that have participated in hundreds of labor negotiations combined.

SRG Managing Director Burt Flickinger III

Burt has a strong relationship with top union leaders, allowing the firm to stay up to date on the latest labor market trends and issues. Flickinger III has been featured in Reuters, the Institute For The American Worker, and Fox Business News for analyses on the labor market and unionization, marking him an expert in labor and unions. He has worked with major union leaders in the United States and Canada. SRG recognizes the importance of meeting the demands of both employers and employees to create an optimal corporation.

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SRG Labor Experts

Dewey V. Cannella, Esq.

Dewey has extensive experience in collective bargaining and labor relations, serving as Vice President of Labor Relations at Wakefern Food Corporation for over 30 years. He acted as lead negotiator on behalf of ShopRite and Wakefern for more than 60 individual contracts covering approximately 100,000 United Food and Commercial Workers and Teamster members employed by the east coast supermarket industry.

He served as an employer trustee on a large number of Taft-Hartley Health & Welfare and Pension plans and has been intimately involved in the challenges and evolution those plans have faced over the last 35 years.  In 2004, Dewey co-founded the Mid Atlantic Joint Labor Management Council. The group, composed of the major supermarket employers and their unions in the New Jersey and New York area, has been actively involved in legislative and general issues affecting the industry today.
 

Dewey is a member of the American Bar Association as well as the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Bar Associations. He is a member of the New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Section and sits on the Steering Committee of the National Joint Labor Management Committee of the Food Industry.

Dewey is an honors graduate of Rutgers University School of Law, Camden.

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David W. Berry

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David has participated in hundreds of labor negotiations consisting of thousands of bargaining sessions in the retail, construction, manufacturing, logistics, health care, and law enforcement sectors. He’s advised chief negotiators, CEOs, and other high-level management. David has worked closely with private and public companies, public entities, labor unions, benefit trust funds, accounting, actuarial and law firms, industry organizations, and third-party mediators/arbitrators.

David perfected computerized labor and benefit costing systems employed in real-time during labor negotiations for The Stop & Shop Companies. While at Stop & Shop and continuing through his tenures at Bradlees Department Stores and American Stores Company, Mr. Berry developed various quantitative models to aid labor negotiators in predicting the impact of contractual changes on the operational and financial structure of the organization.

David is a graduate of the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), with a concentration in labor relations and human resource management and a minor in financial management.