The perfect fit – Part III

This year for Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating friendships! We spend so much time together that we’re bound to establish close ties with our colleagues. We identified six pairs that work especially close with one another, and asked them fun questions about their workplace relationship.

Keep reading for a closer look at two of GD’s favourite work duos!

Meet Jean-François and Melissa

Jean-François is Garage’s Director of Creative Services and Melissa is the banner’s Senior Manager of Marketing. They work in synergy to develop, implement and maintain Garage’s brand image through our various channels including photography (marketing campaigns), stores and transactional website.

Describe each other in one word.

JF: Melissa is smart.

Melissa: JF is organized.

What’s your colleague’s morning drink of choice?

JF: She has a latte.

Melissa: He likes water.

What makes your colleague such a good partner?

JF: She is always calm and doesn’t get overwhelmed easily. She is very dedicated. She’s an expert in what she does and works very well in collaboration with our teams. She adapts very well to any situation.

Melissa: JF is an amazing leader and colleague. His work experience and ability to adapt allows him to expertly guide his team through periods of change (which is the only constant at GDI!). His organization skills are unparalleled. What I appreciate most about JF is his ability to remain unfailingly positive, collaborative and dedicated even in the most challenging situations.

What’s your colleague’s bad work habit?

JF: She brings candy into the office… but we all love it…

Melissa: He eats the candy!

What was your favourite project that you worked on together recently?

JF: Reworking the Brand Book and developing a process for building campaigns with our respective teams.

Melissa: Our first official “omni-channel” seasonal campaign for Back to School 2016. We established a new way of approaching and developing campaigns. The resulting “Jeans You Love” campaign received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customer.

What’s the secret behind your successful collaboration?

Both: Team work, alignment and HAVING FUN!!


Meet Amineh and Yvan

Amineh is Senior Mobile Product Specialist and Yvan is Director of Product Management (PMO). She works on delivering an optimal customer experience through our digital platforms while Yvan’s primary responsibility is to ensure that the IT teams involved in GD’s technology projects are able to collaborate with the business teams to deliver the solutions requested by the organization.

Describe each other in one word.

Amineh: Yvan is collected.

Yvan: Amineh is passionate.

What’s your colleague’s morning drink of choice?

Amineh: He drinks coffee—always Starbucks. Yvan always comes in the morning with two coffees in a tray, one for him and one for a colleague.

Yvan: Olympico coffee—it’s her favourite!

What makes your colleague such a good partner?

Amineh: Yvan is always calm and optimistic. He can assess and isolate action plans in the face of arising issues to keep pushing the team forward. It’s always a pleasure to discuss with him about uncertainties. He keeps us motivated and looking to solutions.

Yvan: Amineh is able to stay sane in the face of what seems like an unending flow of design and user experience change requests. She welcomes change and understands that improving the experience is the key to our success.

What’s your colleague’s bad work habit?

Amineh: Yvan has chocolates/donuts at his desk. We are always tempted to grab something when visiting his office. That being said, I don’t know if it’s his bad habit or mine since I can’t resist…

Yvan: Amineh is perfect—no bad habits to report! (She had me sign a non-disclosure agreement so I wouldn’t be able to tell you anyway.)

What was your favourite project that you worked on together recently?

Amineh: The Garage and Dynamite loyalty programs as well as our soon-to-be-launched apps are the projects we worked on together. The complexity of them and all their elements really required us to work in sync to make sure we were always aligned. They wouldn’t have been a success without Yvan’s dedication, reliability and insights.

Yvan: I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with her on the launch of our loyalty program. I love her energy and fresh perspective on pushing our customer experience to the next level. She’ll be a good ally in the future to turn inspirational ideas into reality.

What’s the secret behind your successful collaboration?

Amineh: I think we make a good team because we both care about the quality of work delivered. We can easily agree on the best experience we want to deliver to customers and find creative ways to make that happen even when we have challenges.

Yvan: I think that, first and foremost, we’re both motivated and enjoy getting s**t done. A problem, a bug, a bad delivery, criticism, or change of strategy, we both see those as bumps along the journey.

The perfect fit – Part II

This year for Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating friendships! We spend so much time together that we’re bound to establish close ties with our colleagues. We identified six pairs that work especially close with one another, and asked them fun questions about their workplace relationship.

Keep reading for a closer look at two of GD’s favourite work duos!

Meet Jessica and Carolynn

Jessica is Project Manager for Construction. She orchestrates the construction and renovation of stores and Head Office; she orders furniture, runs the schedule with our contractors and ensures everything is delivered on time!

Carolynn is Senior Brand Specialist for Store Design. She creates the general concepts for both banners and Head Office, and designs new fixtures and furniture with her team.

Describe each other in one word.

Both: Bubbly. We feed off each others’ energy, which can get out of control at times! 😉

What’s your colleague’s morning drink of choice?

Jessica: Carolynn has a McDonald’s coffee with two milks.

Carolynn: Jessica has a latte first and then a black coffee.

Both: Don’t talk to us before that…

What makes your colleague such a good partner?

Jessica: We are sooo cool. We just roll with it.

Carolynn: We are always on the same page.

What’s your colleague’s bad work habit?

Jessica: Carolynn is a bit of a control freak… <3

Carolynn: We are both last minute. We LOVE pressure, but Jessica is easy-going so we balance each other out.

What was your favourite project that you worked on together recently?

Jessica: So many! Cutting plastic in a hotel room in Edmonton to create splinter-free shelves is a good one!

Carolynn: Sharing a “romantic” pizza and spaghetti meal in Freehold, New Jersey, at a store opening!

What’s the secret behind your successful collaboration?

Both: We always make it work.


Meet Hossein and Hany

Hossein is Outbound Processing Manager and Hany is Inbound Processing Manager. They literally are the heart of our Distribution Centre, regulating its daily pulse. Hossein manages storage and shipment of outgoing deliveries, sent to stores or directly to customers, while Hany is responsible for coordinating unpacking and storage of incoming merchandise delivered by our manufacturers.

Describe each other in one word.

Hossein: Hany is devoted.

Hany: Hossein is passionate.

What’s your colleague’s morning drink of choice?

Hossein: He likes tea

Hany: He has coffee.

What makes your colleague such a good partner?

Hossein: He’s reliable.

Hany: He gets s**t done.

What’s your colleague’s bad work habit?

Hossein: Hany can be impatient at times…

Hany: Hossein never answers his phone!

What was your favourite project that you worked on together recently?

Both: We led the DC reorganization together. Big changes swept through the GD campus last year and a lot of restructuring happened in the DC to make it work. We had to give up some of our space to the new Garage design centres and also welcomed a brand new mezzanine where the e-commerce shipping line was moved, supporting the growth and expansion of this branch of our business.

What’s the secret behind your successful collaboration?

Hossein: Loyalty.

Hany: Devotion.

The perfect fit – Part I

This year for Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating friendship at work! We spend so much time together that we’re bound to establish close ties with our colleagues. We identified six pairs that work especially close with one another, and asked them fun questions about their one-of-a-kind relationship.

Keep reading for a closer look at two of GD’s successful work duos!

Meet Sophie and Caroline

Sophie is a Senior Designer and Caroline is a Product Manager, both for the Dynamite banner. Together, they develop, design, and manage merchandise to drive a product line that meets the brand’s vision.

Describe each other in one word.

Sophie: Caroline is positive!

Caroline: Sophie is inspiring!

What’s your colleague’s morning drink of choice?

Both: We drink the same thing!! Long, double espresso in a cup, made by Renée at the Atrium.

What makes your colleague such a good partner?

Both: We’ve cultivated a good team spirit; we have the same vision of our client, as well as the same sense of aesthetics. We laugh often, and we are open to comments, criticisms and suggestions from each other.

What’s your colleague’s bad work habit?

Sophie: Caroline always forgets something somewhere!! Her calculator, her notes, her water bottle!

Caroline: Sophie gets stressed… easily! Her stress reliever: chips and coke!

What was your favourite project that you worked on together recently?

Both: Putting together the new collection with our team was definitely the project that kept us on our toes and was most challenging.

What’s the secret behind your successful collaboration?

Sophie: We show the same love and dedication with regard to offering the best product, all while maintaining a vision that merges the idea of who our client is and how we want her to evolve.

Caroline: We re-evaluate ourselves often and we are detail-oriented.


Meet Safae and Natia

Natia is a Knitwear Designer and Safae is a Pre-production Manager, both for the Garage banner. While Natia’s role is to imagine and design Garage’s knitwear collection, Safae creates the patterns for the new silhouettes and coordinates their creation, from establishing the standard measurements to distributing the workload in the sewing room.

Describe each other in one word.

Safae: Natia is respectful.

Natia: Safae is very kind-hearted.

What’s your colleague’s morning drink of choice?

Safae: She likes cappuccinos.

Natia: She has a black coffee with brown sugar.

What makes your colleague such a good partner?

Safae: Natia takes the time to listen and understand.

Natia: She listens to my point of view and helps, with her expertise, to execute ideas to their greatest potential.

What’s your colleague’s bad work habit?

Both: Honestly? We can’t think of any. 😉

What was your favourite project that you worked on together recently?

Both: Reworking and perfecting the swimwear collection!

What’s the secret behind your successful collaboration?

Safae: She understands the added value of acquiring knowledge from all functional departments.

Natia: We have respect for each other’s ideas and suggestions.

WHY I FELL IN LOVE WITH WORKING IN RETAIL

Just like that, another holiday season has come and gone. Throughout these last few months, I’ve probably asked myself on countless occasions what day, month, or year it was. I also asked myself what I ever did to deserve to be in the midst of the holiday shopping chaos as I refolded the jeans in the denim wall for the 30th time in one day, attempted the impossible by trying to get a parka, sweater and shirt on one mannequin or ran around the store grabbing sizes for what seemed like every girl or woman in the city. But I made it and all people who work in retail made it! While the list of challenges that come along with the holiday season might seem daunting at times, the memories and successes experienced with our teams far outweigh the negatives.

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THE FRIENDS YOU MAKE

With the hustle and bustle of that time of year, I got to build incredible relationships between our teams. Having people at work that make my days count only ensures that the hours go by quicker and that they are more enjoyable. It challenges us to work harder and more efficiently, and obviously allows us to appreciate the undoubtedly ridiculously good sense of humour everyone at Groupe Dynamite has. But mostly, we get to support one another and build each other up to perform at our best.

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THE CLOTHES YOU GET

Need I say more? Is there any better feeling than wearing the latest trends and knowing you got it for a great price, and all because you work for Groupe Dynamite?! I think not.   

THE STORIES YOU GET TO TELL YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS

If there is one thing that is guaranteed in retail, it’s that you collect the best stories. Whether it’s a mom that came in with an adorably cute baby who danced to the store’s music, the girl who needed help finding the perfect dress for her first semi-formal dance, or regular customers that needed help getting styled from head to toe for an incredible price, it’s all these little moments that make it all worthwhile, and that make working in retail just too much fun. 

Cheers to a new year and to more friends, clothes and stories to enjoy along the way!

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Maraki Kifle

Store Manager, Ottawa

Meet our Fabric Team!

We sat down with the GD Fabric team to chat about their roles and challenges, and we got to learn some helpful fabric care and cleaning tips along the way!

Q1: What role does the Fabric team play at GD?

The team is mostly responsible for sourcing and developing the fabrics, from conceptualization to quality approval and fabric standardization for bulk production. We work closely with the Design and Import teams, as well as with suppliers and sourcing partners.

Q2: Where do you get your inspiration from? How do you stay informed on the latest fabric trends and findings?

By attending international fabric fairs in Europe and Asia, and by working closely with mills and doing regular market visits.

Q3: What is the main challenge you are facing right now?

We currently have to deal with post G20 production congestion at dyeing and finishing mills, which means we have to constantly push our suppliers to prioritize our fabric orders so that we can manufacture our garments on time.

Q4: At what point in the designing process does the Fabric team’s expertise come into play?

The Fabric team is involved at the very beginning of the creation of a garment since the choice of fabric and the understanding of its behaviour is an important part of a successful design.

Q5: What type of knowledge/academic training should one seek if he/she wants to choose this career path?

To make it in the fabric domain, you have to understand trends, product and design, and you must have a great sense of business and organization. You also need to study how fabric is created and what can or can’t be done with it (i.e., Can we make it softer? Can it be printed? Can we make it heavier or lighter? Etc.).

Mini Survey

  1. How do you remove a red wine stain from a white shirt? Do not scrub; dab the stain with a paper towel or a fabric cloth to absorb as much wine as possible. Spread salt all over the stain and pour boiling water over it.
  2. How do you remove ink from a white shirt (we tend to give our white shirts quite a hard time)? Place a clean cloth underneath the stained fabric. Apply hair spray until the stain is saturated. Blot with a damp cloth; do not rub. Repeat until the stain lifts, then wash in cold water. Make sure the stain is removed before putting the garment in the dryer as the heat will set the stain.
  3. What’s the best way to pack a suitcase in order to avoid wrinkles? Lay all your clothes flat, one on top of the other. Then fold all the sleeves and the hems together. Saves a ton of space!!!
  4. How do you wash your denim to prevent it from fading too quickly? Don’t wash it too soon or too often, break your jeans in first! If you need to wash it, use cold water, wash it inside out, use a very little amount of soap to prevent excessive colour fading, and do not use the dryer!  If you want to get rid of smells, you can fold and place your denim in a sealed bag and place it in the freezer for a few days. The cold will kill the bacteria causing the smell!
  5. What’s the best natural stain remover? White vinegar
  6. The must-have fabric to stay on trend for fall 2016? Tencel blends
  7. Which fabric is the easiest to take care of? Synthetic fabrics, such as polyester
  8. What’s the most breathable fabric for sportswear? New generations of technical fabrics are created to wick moisture away from the body—it evaporates on the surface, keeping you cool. Some of the trademarked synthetic wicking fabrics that you should be looking for are suplex, tacte and dri-fit.
  9. What’s the softest fabric? Vicuna wool
  10. What’s the best fabric to keep you warm? Wool

Our Distribution Centre

 

Our Distribution Centre is a seven-day-a-week operation with a team of dedicated people faithfully executing processes in order to meet ever increasing deadlines, in a quick and efficient manner.

It is not merely a warehouse used for the storing of goods. The Distribution Centre is where all the magic happens! Driven by the constantly growing expectations of our clientele, we are able to develop ways to deliver product faster than ever.

Our team is one of dependable and hard working people who work in great synergy and support each other like family would to reach excellence.

THE GROUPE DYNAMITE DISTRIBUTION CENTRE IS:

  • 103 employees
  • 26 employees with more than 10 years of service
  • 1,500 boxes shipped daily
  • 27 million units shipped annually to our stores
  • 3 million E-commerce units processed annually