What a privilege to be invited as the guest speaker for the pilot launch of the New Retail Series.
A collaboration between Skills IQ (previously Service Skills Australia), the Australian Retailers Association, and with input from the Retail Industry, this program is aimed at developing a much needed, nationally recognised qualification in Merchandise – including Merchandise Planning.
Developing and nurturing Planning talent has always been a passion of mine, and I was honoured to have my personal journey in Merchandise Planning put forward as an example of a successful career pathway for aspiring Planners.
Much of my career in Australia has been focused on “growing our own”, and I am delighted to be able to help shape a program so critical to the future of Australian Retail.
With so many bright eyes in the room, and such rich mentorship and support in the Retailers behind these participants, it’s clear a seed has been planted…