Being a member of The Warehouse team comes with many benefits and rewards, one of which is our annual conference night. The Warehouse holds a conference for each region; 11 conferences in total around the country are held to recognise our teams and say thank you for their effort and commitment to our business. Permanent team members who work an average 15 hours or more a week and their partners are invited to attend.
The Warehouse has been announced as a finalist in the Enterprise category in this year’s IBM Kenexa Best Workplace Awards. It’s New Zealand’s largest and longest-running survey of employee engagement with over 36,000 employees from 210 organisations participating in this year’s survey with 50 workplaces achieving finalist status. The Warehouse’s placement as a finalist is based on the positive results of our annual engagement survey of which 93.4% of our team completed this year.
The Warehouse is very passionate about the community and environment; it is part of our culture and our vision to help New Zealand to flourish. Because of this, we participate in a range of different initiatives to combat issues within the environment and support New Zealand communities.
This year we have worked with Neighbourly to promote The Great Community Clean Up. The Great Community Clean Up involves team members from The Warehouse stores and Store Support Office going into their local community to pick up litter. Neighbourly has also invited the public to get involved and put together teams to do the same. Neighbourly is a website that connects people in communities. “Teaming up with Neighbourly means we can communicate the clean-up to 350,000+ members. These members are more involved than most in their communities so they’re the perfect people to encourage to be involved” Greg Nelson is the Environment Support Manager for The Warehouse.
‘Digger Dan’, has been Dan’s nickname from the beginning of his career at The Warehouse. In 1997 his Merchandise team gave him this nickname and it has remained with him throughout his career with The Warehouse.
After starting his retail career in a Garden Centre at the young age of 12, his passion for people and gardening grew. Dan later bought the same Garden business when he was 19 and then sold it to travel to England. On his return to New Zealand in 19997, he was contacted by The Warehouse to develop the green gardening and dry gardening category which was a new market for The Warehouse at that stage. Dan helped develop this category and today The Warehouse has a 20% market share in this category.
The Warehouse Group is committed to changing the perception of Retail as a career and making it a desirable and rewarding career choice for New Zealanders. In 2014, The Warehouse Group partnered with Massey University to develop and launch The Bachelor of Retail and Business Management, New Zealand’s first degree focused exclusively on the retail sector. The degree was created in response to the increasing demand in New Zealand for skilled individuals in retail and business management. The course consists of retail-focused papers, covering a broad range of areas including retail buying and planning, merchandising, strategy and business planning and retail operations, both in a store and online context.
The Warehouse is on a mission to become the leading digital retailer in New Zealand. Our growing digital team is made up of skilled individuals who have been working hard to develop outstanding digital experiences for our customers. The team may be small now with just 20 people, but The Warehouse’s digital transformation journey is just getting started and has big plans for the future. Paul Kerr, Digital Recruitment Specialist for The Warehouse, is responsible for recruiting new people to join our growing digital and wider technology teams. He is looking for individuals who can bring the right combination of technical skills, a positive attitude and agile experience, and must value collaboration and communication over processes and documentation. Not to mention people who want to make an impact to millions of kiwis.
We had a chat with Jade Turner, the Lead designer for the Home and Leisure Summer Collection to discuss his career and the new range that has just been released.
Jade has almost a decade of homeware design experience under his belt! He studied at Massey University Wellington, with a double major in design and fashion. Previously, he worked in advertising and marketing.
1. Get to know the team in the café, they will remember your coffee and make it for you quicker
Have you ever noticed the guy behind you in the café line who doesn’t have to place his coffee order and the barista knows him by name? This guy’s got it sorted! If you rely on a coffee fix to kick start your morning in the office, get to know the crew in the café, and they’ll be putting your order through before you’ve even swiped your card!
The Warehouse Red Shirts in Schools programme is designed to bridge the gap between school and work, which can be a challenge for many high school students. It offers students a chance to get valuable work experience in retail and help guide them during their transition from school to a career. Students participating in the programme not only get an insight into a retail working environment are also enabled to gain 27 credits towards NCEA Level 2 through the support of a dedicated co-ordinator. Billy participated in the Red Shirts in School program and now works full-time in the new Tauranga store. He shares his story about beginning as a Red Shirts student, his new role and his aspirations to further his career in retail.