Twenty-two years ago, Fiona de Barre started her first job in retail, aged 17. The self-proclaimed ‘lifer’ had a baby daughter to support and decided she didn’t want to become another teenage mother statistic. The answer was retail.
Workers at The Warehouse Blenheim, The Warehouse Manukau and The Warehouse New Lynn who don’t receive the career retailer wage have gone on strike this week over what they say is inadequate pay. The clashes may affect the company’s sterling reputation for ensuring retail staff get a living wage.
Amy Sznicer wants everyone to know that working in retail can be glamorous. As the new owner of Auckland’s favourite blow-dry bar, she should know. Sznicer stepped away last year from a well-established career in executive retail to take over Dry & Tea, which now boasts three outlets in central Auckland. She explains how her years in retail have informed her new direction.
In a bold move, the company has enlisted the help of SnapHire, an online recruitment management system, to create a website that promotes following a career path in retail at one of its stores.