As part of our series that explores the retail industry's greatest moves of the past year, we asked First Retail managing director Chris Wilkinson all about the industry's highs and lows of the past year, as well as as some predictions for 2017.
If there’s anything to take away from the last year in the retail sector, it’s that it’s a tough market out there. There has been a string of high-profile foldings within the sector, including Wild Pair and Dick Smith. The latest to go under is
The owner of the Mad Butcher Silverdale store has been put into liquidation, making it the seventh franchisee to go under in the last 18 months. We talked First Retail managing director Chris Wilkinson about why the chain is floundering in the current market.
Retailers’ bottom dollars are often affected by changes in seasonal weather patterns, and this year is no different. The lingering balmy weather across the country has meant there’s a lot of winter stock still waiting to be plucked off the shelves, a retail expert says.
It’s no secret some provincial retailers are feeling quite vulnerable at the moment. Luckily, help is on it’s way, with a workshop planned for Southland retailers in April on how to become more robust in the volatile market. We talk to First Retail’s Chris Wilkinson
As part of our series that explores the retail industry's smartest moves of the past year, First Retail managing director Chris Wilkinson answers our Q&A on the highs and lows of retail in 2015, and shares some thoughts for 2016.