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Retail Conference Connection – November 2019

Retail Conference Connection – November 2019 1900 1079 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

Hello Vincentians! I trust everyone is enjoying the fall weather and gearing up for what winter will likely have in store for us. I can hardly believe the holidays are right around the corner!

As a whole, the retail operations have very busy. We completed the first Kaizen event at the Dixie location in late June. Shortly after, we were approved for a complete overhaul of the parking lot. The lot was in desperate need of resurfacing and was completed in 4 days – just before the rain hit!

During that time, while the store was closed, the team was able to reconfigure the sales floor and give the store interior a much-needed facelift. The team worked quickly to rearrange displays, add fixtures, and ultimately allocate more space for product that is more aesthetically pleasing for our customers.

Since reopening, the response has been amazing!  Customers have commented that it looks like a completely new store, and are extremely pleased with the changes. The hard work is already paying off, as sales are started to soar, as well.  I am happy to report that our total retail operation is currently 13% higher in sales volume than this time last month. The results are encouraging as we move on to the next store.

Save the Date – Utica Kaizen Event – November 18

Planning and preparation are underway for our next Kaizen event which will take place at the Utica Store, November 18th-22nd.

As a reminder, Kaizen events are short-duration projects with a specific aim for improvement.  Typically, they are week-long events led by a facilitator with the implementation team being predominantly members of the area in which the kaizen event is being conducted.  For this event, it will include team members from all stores, store volunteers, SVdPD board members and Central Office staff, including the leadership team.  And hopefully a large group of Vincentians!  This will be a tremendous undertaking for the group involved but will harvest great results in a short period of time.

In order to make these needed changes, we need your help! Not only are we looking for individuals who are able to come and help us clean out our existing spaces, but we also need your help in thinking through how to efficiently set up our back area production rooms.

If you are able to attend, please RSVP to myself or Mary Torok no later than end of day on Tuesday, November 12, using the contact information below. Again, thank you for your ongoing dedication to our mission in helping neighbors in need. We look forward to seeing all of you as we work together to “see the possible” of today’s St. Vincent de Paul Detroit.

Megan Williams: Cell: 541-501-1203

Mary Torok: Direct: 313.393.2926

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,

St. Patrick’s Day Shopping Spree Contest!

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