J2 Retail Management Pivots to Full-Service Client Consultancy

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A unique retail venture has pivoted to become a one-stop shop to provide easy and efficient end-to-end solutions for the retail industry.

J2 Retail Management is a privately held comprehensive retail service organization that partners with brands to envision, create and execute brand strategies. It coordinates all elements in a business to create and strengthen the brand experience to maximize sales revenue and enrich the customer experience.

Image: Jodie Wolfe

The well-established company, which is based in Toronto, is headed by retail industry veterans Jodie Wolfe and Brian Le Saux. The company’s service offerings include logistics and supply chain management, merchandising, e-commerce, and visual media. It operates several warehouse spaces in the Toronto area with plans for further expansion.

Jodie Wolfe, CEO/President, says J2 Retail Management obsesses over the details so businesses don’t have to. She said that the company is helping service clients across North America.

“We are unique in terms of what we do for clients. Companies similar to ours do not typically offer the breadth of services that J2 offers it clients,” she says.

Image: J2 Retail Management
Image: Brian Le Saux

Brian Le Saux, Vice President, says, “essentially we take care of end-to-end retail solutions. Prior to COVID, we were known as a merchandising company only for upscale apparel goods. Now we’ve transitioned to transportation and distribution to wholesalers and retailers. Our warehouse facilities allow us to handle picking and packing prior to shipping the goods.”

“We also take care of marketing activities for our clients. That includes in-store displays and digital or regular print advertising. We take care of everything in terms of an end-to-end service. Clients appreciate that we are a singular point of contact which reduce some of their overhead costs and maximizes their profits.”

Le Saux says shortly prior to COVID, J2 clients were saying that they wanted a one-stop shop with everything under one roof.

“Organically we grew into all of the other divisions that we now have. We never set out to be in the warehousing business or in the print business. Today we can offer a wide range of services to our clients across the continent.”

Image: J2 Retail Management

Wolfe is an accomplished retail leader in the apparel industry with more than 20 years of experience in visual merchandising, window display, execution sets and brand product launches throughout North America.

Her experience includes being a Visual Merchandising Manager in Canada for Calvin Klein Retail; an executive position as Director of Visual Presentation where she led and executed visual standards for all CMT brands with general managers and store teams; led marketing teams with retailers Urban Behavior and Costa Blanca; and freelance merchandising expert working for several successful apparel brands.

Le Saux is a seasoned operator with over 15 years of experience in the retail industry, working with organizations to increase their brand consistency, customer experience and operational controls.

His experience includes being Retail Operations Director for Jaytex Group; Area Operations Manager/Training and Development Manager for PVH – Calvin Klein Canada; and Regional Sales Manager – Esprit Canada Retail.

Wolfe said, “We provided an elevated experience and have evolved to offer even more as the pandemic took hold. Now our full-service offerings are being sought out by brands looking to continue expanding as shoppers come back into stores and we see more consumer confidence. We expect the business to continue to grow as brands again target consumers in stores and online.”

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Mario Toneguzzi
Mario Toneguzzi
Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He is the Senior News Editor with Retail Insider in addition to working as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training. Mario was named as a RETHINK Retail Top Retail Expert in 2024.

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