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Conference Connection Retail Edition August

Conference Connection Retail Edition August 1000 1000 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

Hello Vincentians and happy summer! I hope that everyone is having a blessed fun summer and enjoying all our beautiful state has to offer.

I know many of you have reached out in regards to the concerns you have had with the temporary closing of our Grand River Store. First off, I would like to say that I hear you loud and clear and also have had struggles over the last two months not having the store open. As many of you can imagine summer is a very busy time for our retail locations for incoming donations. We have struggled at many of our locations to absorb the sheer volume of donations coming through the donation door, especially with fewer stores to send goods to.

I have already spoken to several Conference Presidents and ran by the idea of “pop up stores” as an interim solution. So far the response has been extremely positive. My thought would be to run the pop up stores in various locations each week with pulled product from our retail stores at deeply discounted prices. As of now I am thinking we would offer mostly clothing, household items, and furniture. Our shoppers would also be able to use referral labels as needed.

This is where I need your help! If you happen to know of any available retail locations or outdoor parking lot space that might be willing to host us on a short term basis, please reach out to me directly. I would also love feedback on areas that would be easiest for our neighbors in need to get to, days and times that are best, as well any other specifics you might think of. I really am committed to thinking outside the box and doing what we can to provide mission services to those in need.

I am hoping to get our first “pop up store” up and running ASAP. I just need to shore up some final logistic details, and well, find a location.

I have listed my contact information below. I would love any help that you could provide in the way of feedback or even volunteers to help run the store when we get to that point.  Lastly, if you get a minute stop by the Dixie store and check out their backroom to see all we were able to accomplish at our Kaizen event last month.

That’s all for now… be blessed and continue to “see the possible” of today’s SVDPD!

Megan Witty – mwitty@svdpdetroit.org

541-501-1203

Retail Conference Connection – July 2019

Retail Conference Connection – July 2019 320 240 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

It was a busy week for the retail team as we kicked off our first Kaizen event at the Dixie Highway store. The group had a great challenge on our hands as we were aiming to completely clean out our production room and reset our process.

I couldn’t be more proud of the Kaizen team we had in place. Not only did everyone jump right in and get their hands dirty, they had great attitudes and helped to develop a system that will make production easier for the team.

I want to give a special shout out to Jenn Butler for her preparation before the event and her constant “can do attitude” with her entire team during the event. I also want to thank all the store managers for all their hard work and dedication throughout the week. We could not have been successful without each and every one of you. Lastly, a special thanks to the leadership team for attending the event and supporting us in our efforts.

I think we were all able to “see the possible” when a team like this comes together and works towards a common goal!

 

Retail Conference Connection – June 2019

Retail Conference Connection – June 2019 1000 1000 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

Hello, my name is Megan Witty. I am a retail professional with over a decade of experience predominantly in thrift store operations.

I was once asked how I choose the thrift industry; my response was it chose me. I started my career at Goodwill in Eugene, Oregon as a store supervisor. I worked my way up to store manager, and then continued my career in Eugene ending as the Store Director of 10 retail locations.

I was then recruited to Goodwill Industries Internationals office where I was able to consult across the Goodwill movement to improve the brand image. I finished my career with Goodwill in Arizona where I went back to day to day store operations, supervising 10 stores producing over 28 million dollars in revenue annually.

It was at that point that I was convinced to move from Phoenix to Michigan by a very charismatic, handsome man. I am happy to announce that we also just got engaged! I have been in Michigan for four years now. We spend the majority of our time attending various sports functions for Jeremy’s three children. The twins, Jace and Kalen just turned 14 and are about to be headed into their first year of high school. Both are natural athletes and involved in every single sport on the planet it seems! Landon, Jeremy’s youngest son is 12. His travel soccer team was just named fourth in his league for the state of Michigan. The semifinals are this weekend, so needless to say we are very excited to see how they do.

I know the deep rooted connections all of the conferences have with the retail stores, and let me be the first to say THANK YOU for all your dedication, support, and hard work supporting our efforts to help our neighbors in need. I am committed to having clean, organized, well stocked, and profitable retail locations that can display all the beautiful donations you help gather each year. I am also committed to ensuring all of our staff understands the work you do each and every day. Rest assured you will see the retail folks at many more mission related events soon.

I am beyond excited to embark on this new adventure with St. Vincent de Paul and look forward to building strong, lasting relationships with each and every one of you. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.

In health and happiness,
Megan