Best of 2019: Talking shop

We’re all about bringing you insights from the retail industry, and to that end we started chatting with business leaders across New Zealand to find out what advice they could share.

From the chief executive of Warehouse Group’s new e-commerce marketplace TheMarket, to the head of footwear brand Merchant 1948, here are some of our favourites from the past year.

Justus Wilde, TheMarket

Wilde is the man behind the launch of TheMarket – an online marketplace made by Kiwis, for Kiwis.

In this Q&A, we talk what’s next for the site, the patriotism of New Zealanders and why TheMarket had to be a marketplace.

Rod Duke, Briscoe Group

Duke is group managing director and deputy chairman of Briscoe Group – responsible for Briscoes Homeware, Living & Giving and Rebel Sport.

In this Q&A, we talk Briscoes’ transition to quality and branded products, the state of retail in New Zealand, as well as emerging challenges.

Linda Leonard, Postie

Leonard was named apparel business Postie’s chief executive earlier this year.

In this Q&A, we talk about what she plans to change in the business and the growing presence of international retailers in New Zealand.

Mike Beagley, Rodd & Gunn

Beagley has led menswear brand Rodd & Gunn through both domestic and international expansion.

In this Q&A, we discuss the brand’s experiential ‘The Lodge Bar’, how the business balances online and in-store and how to be a successful leader.

Louise and Shane Anselmi (L-R)

Shane Anselmi, Merchant 1948

Anselmi is chief executive of Overland, which owns and operates Merchant 1948, Deuce, and Mi Piaci footwear brands.

In this Q&A, we discuss how the business evolved from its humble origins, how the business intends to change in the future and what is most overlooked in the New Zealand retail market.

Laurina Sutcliffe, Loobie’s Story

Laurinda is the co-founder of women’s fashion brand Loobie’s Story, which is stocked in Ballantynes, Hartleys and dozens of other retailers across New Zealand and Australia.

In this Q&A, we discuss how retail has changed over her career and what challenges and opportunities she is facing today.

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