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Retail Assembly expands 'The Industry Sessions' to D.C.

RETAIL ASSEMBLY EXPANDS ‘THE INDUSTRY SESSIONS’ TO D.C.

Workshops improve fashion and retail professionals understanding of the business

 

Washington, D.C. – (Friday November 10, 2014)

Fashion and retail training agency RETAIL ASSEMBLY heads to Washington for the first time to introduce ‘The Industry Sessions’. The one day workshops are intended to give brand managers, sales reps, buyers, and planners a deeper understanding of the commerce supporting fashion and retail.

 

James Bessen recently reported for HBR.org that 54 percent of workers don’t think they know everything they need to know in order to do their current jobs. The Retail Math and Buying workshops bridge that knowledge and skills gap. It is the product that initially attracts professionals to a career in retail. What supports that product – from production to sales – is math.  

 

“Retail Math has been something our corporate partners and clients have demanded from us from day one,” says Jennifer Pilkington, Managing Director of RETAIL ASSEMBLY. “Typically we tailor specific development projects to suit the client’s business and their employees. We are excited to have created an industry-general set of workshops to serve small to medium sized organizations in a more intimate environment.”

 

The workshop will advance participants understanding of how retail math affects both the commerce and customer-facing aspects of the business. “Developing the skills to drive key metrics is something many professionals wish they had a better handle on,” says Pilkington. By planning and manipulating the various factors impacting profit and sales, participants can expect greater confidence in their roles, and a broader toolbox for problem solving on the job.

 

This round of workshops has limited space. Attendees will receive information on topics related to costing, mark-up and profit, markdowns and driving inventory productivity. Sessions are divided into two days: RETAIL BUYING on November 20, and RETAIL MATH on November 21. Participants will also have access to RETAIL ASSEMBLY’s related online content. 

 

“The Industry Sessions’ will take place in Washington D.C. on Thursday November 20 and Friday November 21, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

 

ABOUT RETAIL ASSEMBLY:

RETAIL ASSEMBLY is a training and development agency – connecting the creative and the commerce. Serving the retail and fashion industry, every one of our instructors and contributors is steeped in the business end of fashion and retail.

http://retail-assembly.org | @RetailAssembly

Media Contact | Susan Miller s.miller@assembleholdco.org

 

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Retail Assembly presents 'The Retail Math Industry Session' in Los Angeles

RETAIL ASSEMBLY presents 'The Retail Math Industry Session' in Los Angeles

New workshop aims to improve fashion and retail professionals understanding of the business

 

Los Angeles, CA – (Thursday September 25, 2014)

Fashion and retail training agency RETAIL ASSEMBLY returns to Los Angeles to introduce ‘The Retail Math industry sessions’. The one and two day workshops are intended to give brand managers, sales reps, buyers, and planners a deeper understanding of the commerce supporting fashion and retail.

 

James Bessen recently reported for HBR.org that 54 percent of workers don’t think they know everything they need to know in order to do their current jobs. Product is what drives most professionals into the fashion and retail industry, but many professionals don’t have a strong understanding of the math that supports the business – from production to sales.

 

“Retail Math has been something our corporate partners and clients have demanded from us from day one,” says Jennifer Pilkington, Managing Director of RETAIL ASSEMBLY. “Typically we tailor development programs to suit the client’s business and teams. We are excited to have created an industry-general set of workshops to serve small to medium sized organizations outside of a tradeshow setting.”

 

The workshop will advance participants understanding of how retail math affects both the commerce and customer-facing aspects of fashion. “Developing the skills to impact key metrics is something many professionals wish they had a better handle on,” says Pilkington. By planning and manipulating the various factors impacting profit and sales, participants can expect greater confidence in their roles, and a broader toolbox for problem solving on the job.

 

This round of workshops has limited spacing. Attendees will receive information on topics related to costing, mark-up and profit, markdowns and driving inventory productivity. Sessions are divided into two days: The Foundational session taking place October 21, and Advanced Fundamentals is October 22. Participants will also have access to RETAIL ASSEMBLY’s related online content. 

 

'The Retail Math Industry Sessions’ will take place in Los Angeles on Tuesday October 21 and Wednesday October 22, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 

ABOUT RETAIL ASSEMBLY:

RETAIL ASSEMBLY is a training and development agency – connecting the creative with the commerce. Serving the retail and fashion industry, every one of our instructors and contributors is steeped in the business of fashion and retail. 

http://retail-assembly.org | @RetailAssembly

Media Contact | Susan Miller, Assemble Hold Co., s.miller@assembleholdco.org

 

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Retail Assembly launches Digital Commerce Course

RETAIL ASSEMBLY LAUNCHES DIGITAL COMMERCE COURSE

Online course to help brands and retailers improve creative, customers & business

Toronto, ON – (September 20, 2014)

RETAIL ASSEMBLY Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of their newest online course, Digital Commerce. Every brand and retailer, whether new or refreshing their online / mobile commerce offering will have access to a two month subscription online to the course content, tools, and resources.

 

Digital commerce continues to unfold at a quick pace as consumers demand more of brands and new technology is introduced daily. “There re three business aspects at play here: ecommerce, mobile, and ‘the internet of things’. Our Digital Commerce offering considers each aspect part of a complete brand experience – not three separate silos”, Jennifer Pilkington, managing director of RETAIL ASSEMBLY Inc. explains.

 

The Digital Commerce course replaces the successful E-Commerce course previously offered by the training and development agency. “We found most of our conversations evolving beyond just an online shop. They began to include ‘big data’, seamless customer experiences, mobile, etc.” says Pilkington. The Digital Commerce course is not just appropriate for larger retailers, but also for small and medium sized businesses. Within the data section there are very simple metrics stores of all size will find useful.

 

Carrying on a tradition of interactive courses, with access to industry experts, instructors, and contributors, learners will gain a strong foundation to build / improve upon their digital strategies. “Ultimately, we provide our users with a great foundation, and fresh ideas to apply to their business. Helping with career advancement is a nice bonus for those taking courses as part of corporate training programs – or individually”, says Pilkington

 

Users sign-up for the course at retail-assembly.org, $450 US for 2 months. 

COURSE OFFERING

  • Retail and fashion buying
  • Sales & brand management
  • Merchandise Planning
  • Retail Math
  • Product Management
  • Digital commerce

 

ABOUT RETAIL ASSEMBLY

RETAIL ASSEMBLY is the training and developing agency serving the best brands and retailers around the globe. Every one of our courses and sessions has been developed with a network of professionals spanning industries (lifestyle to luxury), and businesses (specialty to mass).  

@RetailAssembly | http://retail-assembly.org

Media contact | Susan Miller | s.miller@assembleholdco.org

 

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'The Retailer's Point of View' workshop launches, benefiting the Art of Fashion

‘THE RETAILER’s point of view’ workshop launches, benefiting the ART OF FASHION

Online workshop to help new designers grow their business

Toronto, ON – (August 11, 2014) RETAIL ASSEMBLY, the fashion industry’s training and development agency, announced the launch of ‘The Retailer’s Point of View’ workshop today. Half of the revenue generated from the sale will benefit the Art of Fashion, a not-for-profit championing the Canadian fashion industry.

 

The online workshop was developed for new designers, sales reps and account managers. “We are pleased to be supporting the Canadian fashion industry with this great offering at a great price”, says Jennifer Pilkington, Managing Director RETAIL ASSEMBLY Inc.

 

The Retailer’s Point of View contains content, videos, transcripts, worksheets and toolkits to help industry professionals grow their retail sales.  Topics emphasized include:

  • Defining your customer
  • Creating an effective sell-strategy
  • Meeting a buyer / retailer’s needs
  • Negotiating strong vendor terms agreements
  • Grow your sales

 

Some of the content was recorded at the Retailer’s Point of View event. Boutique owner Laura Bernhardson of Fresh Collective, along with Art of Fashion’s Michelle Planche hosted the evening and engaged with attendees on a variety of related topics.

 

“This workshop is a great way to reach new designers and reps, and help them to bridge the gap from design to sales and business growth,” reiterated Pilkington. 

 

The Retailer's Point of View workshop is available online at retail-assembly.org for $40 USD. 

 

 

ABOUT RETAIL ASSEMBLY

RETAIL ASSEMBLY is the training and development agency – connecting the creative with the commerce. Serving the retail and fashion industry, every one of our instructors and contributors is steeped in the business of fashion and retail.

http://retail-assembly.org | @RetailAssembly

Media Contact:
Susan Miller, Assemble Hold Co. s.miller@assembleholdco.org

  

ABOUT ART OF FASHION

Art of Fashion (AOF) is a Canadian not-for-profit organization offering emerging apparel and accessory designers access to information and resources to enhance their fashion business and career growth alongside platforms to showcase their talents. The organization's mission is to champion high-caliber Canadian fashion by fostering the careers of talented emerging designers and also create award-winning platforms for exposure.

artoffashion.org | @ArtofFashion

 

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Retail Assembly sponsors Art of Fashion's Retailer's Point of View

RETAIL ASSEMBLY sponsors Art of Fashion’s Retailer’s Point of View

Event to help designers sell to retailers

 Toronto, ON – (July 1, 2014) RETAIL ASSEMBLY, the fashion industry’s training and development agency, announced today they will be supporting the Art of Fashion's Retailer’s Point of View. Retailer’s Point of View is an educational event for new designers that will help them through the process of approaching and working with a retailer.

 

The Retailer’s Point of View is the first event launching The Ultimate Holiday Dress Competition, the final stage of which is a contract with Fresh Collective. Boutique owner Laura Bernhardson will present the following topics for the audience:

  • Knowing the retailer, and their customer
  • Understanding consignment model
  • Ensuring your collection meets the retailer’s need

 

“This event is a great way to reach new designers, and help them to bridge the gap from design to sales and business growth. We are so pleased to be sponsoring this event, and to be working with Art of Fashion”, says Jennifer Pilkington, Managing Director of RETAIL ASSEMBLY.

 

RETAIL ASSEMBLY will provide content and digital asset support for the event. Additionally, an online workshop titled ‘Selling to retailers’ will be offered at retail-assembly.org. The workshop will be priced at $40. “Designing a stellar collection is one thing. Selling it is another completely”, Pilkington said.

 

Limited tickets to the Retailer’s Point of View are available online for $45. The event will be held at Fresh Collective 692 Queen Street West from 7:30pm to 9:00pm July 8, 2014.

ABOUT RETAIL ASSEMBLY

RETAIL ASSEMBLY is a training and development agency – connecting the creative and the commerce. Serving the retail and fashion industry, every one of our instructors and contributors is steeped in the business end of fashion and retail.

 http://retail-assembly.org | @RetailAssembly

Media Contact | Susan Miller, s.miller@assembleholdco.org   

 

ABOUT ART OF FASHION

Art of Fashion (AOF) is a Canadian not-for-profit organization offering emerging apparel and accessory designers access to information and resources to enhance their fashion business and career growth alongside platforms to showcase their talents. The organization's mission is to champion high-calibre Canadian fashion by fostering the careers of talented emerging designers and also create award-winning platforms for exposure.

artoffashion.org | @ArtofFashion

 

Download a copy of this release | RETAIL ASSEMBLY SPONSORS ART OF FASHION'S RETAILER'S POINT OF VIEW

Retail Assembly launches The Workshops Series

RETAIL ASSEMBLY LAUNCHES THE WORKSHOPS SERIES

Online workshops to fill knowledge gaps for brand and retail professionals

 Toronto, ON – (March 24, 2014) Fashion and retail training agency RETAIL ASSEMBLY is pleased to announce the launch of their online workshop series. The workshops were created to meet the needs of more advanced professionals who are looking to build their skills in a particular area of the business.

 

A recent report published on HBR.org indicated that 54 percent of workers don’t think they know everything they need to know in order to do their current jobs. The online workshops fill these knowledge gaps and create masters and best-in-class merchants. Shorter than the courses, the workshop subscriptions are 4 weeks each, but go into greater depth on a narrower topic.

 

“These workshops have been in-development for quite some time, and we are excited to be launching them. Professionals who are already firmly established in their roles need detailed and inspired insights into the topic they’d like to master”, explains Jennifer Pilkington, managing director of Retail Assembly.

 

As with each offering, Retail Assembly reached out to their network to develop meaningful, relevant content. Not only will users build a strong foundation for what is happening with the best and brightest currently, but there is a strong element of what may be coming. “Every business needs to maintain and perfect their core, while fostering the new. That applies to product, processes, strategies, and customers,” emphasizes Pilkington.

 

Carrying on a tradition of interactive courses, with access to industry experts, instructors, and contributors, users will ultimately come to master key fashion and retail skills in the online workshops. Learners can sign-up for the workshops at retail-assembly.org. A subscription runs $190 US for four weeks.

WORKSHOP OFFERING

  • Trend Forecasting
  • Demand Planning
  • Profitable Markdowns
  • Wholesale Introduction
  • Negotiating
  • Assortment Planning
  • Inventory Productivity
  • Business Forecasting
  • Working with a large retailer

 

ABOUT RETAIL ASSEMBLY

RETAIL ASSEMBLY is the training and developing agency serving the best brands and retailers around the globe. Every one of our courses and sessions has been developed with a network of professionals spanning industries (lifestyle to luxury), and businesses (specialty to majors).

@RetailAssembly | http://retail-assembly.org

Media contact | Susan Miller | s.miller@assembleholdco.org

 

Download a copy of the release | RETAIL ASSEMBLY LAUNCHES THE WORKSHOPS SERIES

Event preview: KnowShow

 

What you can gain from the massive lifestyle retail tradeshow coming to Vancouver

Kristen Hilderman for BCBUSINESS


Now in its eighth year, Canadian lifestyle retail tradeshow KnowShow will be at the Vancouver Convention Centre from July 30 to August 1. The bi-annual show features about 300 brands showcasing their latest goods to an estimated 2,000 retailers. And there’s more to this gathering than lanyards and tote bags. KnowShow prides itself in subverting the “stuffy tradeshow,” by including on-site DJs, live art installations and its own magazine, all of which contribute to the upbeat atmosphere and non-tradeshow vibe.

Retail expert Jennifer Pilkington of Toronto’s Retail Assembly will be leading the only workshop at the 2013 summer show, sharing insight on how to tackle a tradeshow in a “business-, profit- and productivity-oriented” fashion.

“It’s tips for people to really kill it at a tradeshow,” says Pilkington. “To do it productively and also get a lot of really great new stuff out of it.” For first-timers, or even tradeshow buffs, it can be an overwhelming experience. “There’s so much to see and so much to do,” says Pilkington. “It’s just about prioritizing.”

When considering the Vancouver retail scene, Pilkington says that incoming American giants like Target and J. Crew have been making an impact on local business. “I think in terms of local boutiques, that’s where you’ll see the squeeze,” she says. “I think you just want to know who your customer is and how you’re distinguishing yourself; make sure your product offering is different.”

For retailers attending KnowShow, Pilkington says it’s all about finding the opportunities to differentiate. “Every boutique has its own vision and its own loyal customer base, and I really think it’s about staying true to all of that.”

 Image: KNOWSHOW

Image: KNOWSHOW