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All You Wanted to Know About RMC But Were Afraid to Ask

posted: 11 June, 2013

So we’re half way through 2013 and I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on what’s been going on at RMC since we got back from the Christmas break. Quite a lot, it turns out.

Breaking new ground has been the theme for 2013 so far and we are pleased to add a few new stamps on our passports.

We have placed a couple of really good people at Central Retail Corporation in Thailand, who will be working at the DIY chain, Thai Watsadu. This was our first project in Thailand and we had to rely on our broad experience of working on expatriate appointments rather than our knowledge of the market. We’re really pleased with the outcome and chuffed to have shown Central, the country’s largest retail conglomerate, what we’re capable of.

Although Azerbaijan is not completely new to us (we helped Debenhams to launch there in 2011), it has been great to work on a really juicy recruitment project in that part of the world. The search and selection of a Director of Fashion for the region’s largest franchisor of luxury brands (Burberry, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana) has been a great experience for the RMC team. The role takes on responsibility for stores in Mongolia and Georgia, alongside Azerbaijan, so we say Сайн уу, კომენტარი პირველმა, and Salam to our new friends out East.

This year has also seen RMC working on projects in Algeria for the nation’s largest supermarket group, Saudi Arabia for a major retail and leisure/entertainment organisation, and, of course, India, where we appointed a Buying & Merchandising Director for Caterpillar, and a Vice President of Sales & Business Development for one of the world’s largest jewellery retailers.

For me, the early part of the year was dominated by preparations for speaking at the China Department Store Summit in Beijing. The invitation arrived the very day I got back from my Christmas holidays, which gave me just short of two months to get my act together (see earlier blogs).

We’re now looking forward to hosting a delegation from the China Commerce Association for General Merchandise (CCAGM) to London this September, when we will be organising another retail study tour of our Capital’s retail highlights. If you would like your store to be included in the tour, please let me know.

And much closer to home, it has been very nice to meet Shan and Ken from Orchira, literally based just down the road from our offices in Scotland. Orchira is a really nice online boutique selling pearl jewellery. Just goes to show that you don’t always need to get on a plane to find talented retailers!