4 Reasons to Consider Wholesale
Sadly many candidates fail to consider fully the benefits of a stint or a career in wholesale. I started my career working for a wholesaler and if I weren’t running my own fashion retail recruitment consultancy I would head back into the supply chain like a shot. Wholesale has two shortcomings relative to a career in retail. It lacks the perceived glamour of retail and it doesn’t offer the wider benefits package or bonus that are common in retail. However, there are numerous reasons why a couple of years experience or a career in wholesale is something you should consider. Here are my top four: 1. From concept to the high street – working for a wholesaler means you get to be a part of the whole product lifecycle from conception through production and seeing it onto the high street. Being involved in a product at every step of the way is one of the most satisfying experiences I have ever discovered. 2. Exposure to multiple customers – working for a wholesaler you get exposure to multiple retailers giving you a good overview of the very different cultures and benefits of different companies as well as a black book of contacts that can make you the envy of the industry. Many candidates develop a much clearer idea of who they do and don’t want to work for after a stint in the supply chain – and often it is not who they originally thought. 3. Exposure within the business – wholesale roles tend not to be siloed and companies generally aren’t hierarchical giving you both exposure to the whole of the business and the ability to shape and really make an impact on the company. 4. Opportunity and variety – because everyone works so closely together as part of a team within wholesale you are able to see what people do on a daily basis in a wide variety of roles. This could open your eyes to different roles that you may not have known about before. Working so closely with the factories can be an important for your career. Having a good understanding of what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ and gaining off-shore experience is invaluable while getting the opportunity to visit the factories makes your CV even more attractive! Wholesale is fast paced. Companies tend to be smaller and successful ones grow rapidly providing fantastic opportunities for those who want to seize them. But, for me, the thing that makes wholesale so rewarding is the ability to make fashion happen. I love the journey from creating concepts, to turning them into samples, then securing orders, before putting them into production and ultimately seeing them fly off the shelves. In the unlikely event I ever stop enjoying recruiting for supply chain roles then my final task will be to place myself at an up and coming wholesaler. Depending on your aspirations, some stages of your career may be better than others to work in the supply chain.
Vohs&Co Launch Temp & FTC Desk!
Vohs&Co today launched a temp and contractor desk to be headed up by Bethanie Crisp. Bethanie Crisp 'I’m delighted to be taking on the responsibility of growing Vohs&Co’s temp desk. Our clients are increasingly asking us for temps and contractors to cope with peaks in their work calendar. At the same time ever more candidates are taking advantage of the lifestyle benefits that temping and contractor roles offer.” Nicole Vohs 'Bethanie has excellent knowledge and experience working with garment techs, sample machinists, pattern cutters and designers, the areas where we are seeing the highest temp demand. We look forward to the growth of our Temp Desk with Bethanie at the helm.”
Vohs&Co Celebrate 3 Years with a New Website
3 February 2016 Vohs&Co today launched a mobile friendly, responsive website with a new visual identity as the company celebrates our third anniversary. The new site will make it easier for candidates to find and apply for the roles that are relevant to them and uses Vohs&Co’s new design led branding. Nicole Vohs 'Our new website reflects how far we have come as a business in the last three years. We started in our back garden and now employ a great team of passionate and dedicated people in offices in London and Hertfordshire. The team’s backgrounds in retail and fashion mean our clients can speak with anyone on the team and this enables us to work with many of the UK’s leading fashion and retail companies. I am hugely excited by what lies ahead..' Matthew Vohs 'Like our clients, we cannot afford to stand still in such a competitive environment. 'While our new brand identity and website will ensure we continue to attract the talented candidates that our clients are looking for to grow their businesses, it is our team and core values that are paramount to our continued success.'