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About the Retail and Fashion Industry in New Zealand
New Zealand's retail industry is now worth $92.3 billion a year.
While online retail sales are set to increase significantly, experts predict that in 10 years time there will still be a large offering of bricks and mortar stores.
By 2030, Retail NZ predicts a figure of $120.6b in annual retail sales, with 13% of retail spending done through online transactions. 50% of transactions online will be with offshore retailers.
The Future of Retail and Fashion
The domestic supermarket sector will experience strong growth while books, clothing and footwear will likely be dominated by international merchants. Meanwhile, domestic retailers operating online will continue to operate in a highly competitive global playing field, and 'being found' online will be essential.
In 10 years time successful retailers will be designing and manufacturing their own branded products, competing with manufacturers seeking to retail their products direct to consumers, and adapting to consumers' desire for ethical and sustainable products.
Retailers of the future, whether online or in-store, will need to be highly responsive to consumer demands for service and products. Furthermore, online platforms will allow retailers to understand and keep up with customer demand like they never have before.
The Clothing Retailing industry has grown over the past five years, despite challenging retail conditions. Industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 0.2% over the five years through 2018-19, to total $2.5 billion.
Positive consumer sentiment and rising household disposable incomes have supported revenue growth over the period. When consumer sentiment is positive, people are typically more optimistic about their current financial situation, resulting in increased expenditure on products such as clothing.
Comprehensive List of Jobs in Retail and Fashion
Design and Preproduction
Design Room Manager
Pattern Room Manager
Senior Pattern Maker
Intermediate Pattern Maker
Junior Pattern Maker
Cutting Room Manager
Sales and Marketing
Junior Trainee Merchandiser
Junior Merchandise Assistant
Sales and Marketing Manager
National Sales Manager
Key Accounts Manager
Sales Executive /Rep
Retail and Customer Service
General Retail Manager
National Retail Operations Manager
National Retail Manager
Regional Retail Manager
Area Retail Manager
Retail Buyer Merchandise Planner
Assistant Retail Buyer (Intermediate)
Retail Buyer’s Assistant (Junior)
Senior Store Manager
Assistant Store Manager
Sole Charge Senior Sales
Retail Sales Assistant
Visual Merchandise Manager
Visual Merchandiser Assistant
Production and Manufacturing
Operations Manager (Sourcing)
Offshore Production Manager
Domestic Technical Manager
Senior Production Cutter
Production Lay Planner
CAM Cutter Operator
Operations and Supply
Finance and Administration
Human Resources (HR) Manager
Administration Manager Administration and/or Data entry