Episode 8: Rowan Hodge

We’re excited to deliver Episode 8 of our Retail Therapy podcast – a retail rich conversation with Rowan Hodge, CEO of Andersens, a well known floor covering business founded in the 1950s.

Growing up in a country town in Queensland, with two degrees under his belt in accounting and law, his retail career has taken him around the world and back again. From senior leadership roles in Battery World, Westfield and Domino’s to name a few, his wealth of experience shines through in this episode.

Rowan’s commitment to developing and evolving his retail approach is impressive. He’s an advocate for franchising and gets the complexities, challenges and rewards better than most. A humble leader and self-confessed lover of routine, Rowan’s also a DIY renovator and would you believe, published crime fiction author. If he could, he’d tell his younger self that time is scarce and not to waste one of the 10,080 minutes in each week. His inspiring words resonate whether you’re just starting in retail or you’ve been running the show for decades.

Take some time out and tune into the conversation between Paul Zahra and Rowan as they discuss:

  • Leadership and the commitment to learning
  • The many challenges and wins of a career in retail
  • Why franchising is a winning formula
  • The all important role culture plays
  • Customer pathways to purchase all SMBs should know
  • How digital transformation is impacting retail
  • Demand for sustainably sourced products
  • International innovations
  • The invaluable influence of mentors

Season 2: Trailer

We are thrilled to announce that Season two of the ARA’s Retail Therapy podcast is launching next week. This season, we’re looking at small business. Small business is big business. 95% of our members are small to medium businesses – the backbone of the Australian economy – and we are proud to represent the interests of these businesses.

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Episode 1: Steve Plarre

We’re kicking off Season two of the Retail Therapy podcast with this fantastic chat with Steve Plarre,  CEO of Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses, an award-winning family business with a proud history dating back over 110 years. Ferguson Plarre is an iconic business, famous for its cakes, pasties and pies and a great case study for small business success.

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Episode 2: Amanda Rose

Did you know that about 38% of small businesses in Australia are owned by women?  

In this episode of Retail Therapy ARA CEO Paul Zahra speaks with Amanda Rose, a powerful advocate for women in business. Amanda is the Founding Director of Western Sydney Women and Founder & CEO of Small Business Women Australia. 

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