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2016 has been a year of momentous change. From a macro – economic perspective, we have witnessed substantial events including Brexit, the election win of Donald Trump and the resignation of the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi following the defeat on constitutional reform. Amidst this uncertainty, although no official statistics exist, it is widely accepted that the number of live roles within the fashion retail space were far fewer than 2015 – outside the digital and IT functions.   We at HGA Group, saw a marked decrease in roles in Q2 and...

We were delighted to sit down with Terri Naccarato, Chief Merchandising Officer at C&A and ex General Manager of Cotton On, to discuss her career journey: 1. What made you embark on a career in retail?  My formal education is in Law and Economics. And, even though I’d been raised within our family businesses, I hadn’t intentionally sought a career in Retail. Circumstances occurred which propelled me to assume the leadership of my mother’s business. It was during that time that I realised how much I loved the dynamic and challenging nature of...

HGA Group Breakfast Seminar  "Are you winning the International War?" A special thank you to our guests and Speakers who attended the HGA Group Breakfast Seminar on May 18.We were delighted to have guest speakers: Gail Anscomb (formerly Director of International at The White Company) Jamie Powell (formerly MD Jonathan Saunders) Simon Rider (formerly President of Speedo) They spoke to delegates about their experiences with international expansion. Jamie Powell spoke about his experiences with international expansion into China where 60% of all orders now come from mobile phones. He advised that the international strategy really depends on the size of your...

Having attended the World Retail Congress, hosted in Dubai this April, the mood amongst retailers was both ponderous but also optimistic as to how to take advantage of the “new world” that we find ourselves in. The challenges of modern day retailing have been well documented and include all sorts of ailments… Internationally, many new areas of the world that were expanding in terms of retail opportunity are now experiencing challenges: There are many retailers in The Middle East who are experiencing lfl decreases of between 20% - 30% as the low...