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Republic buying boss Guy Daltry heads to JD

Guy Daltry, former buying director at young fashion chain Republic, is set to join JD Sports Fashion after his previous employer went into administration earlier this year.

Sources told Drapers that Daltry was appointed as head of product at the end of last week. It is not clear whether he will be in charge of product for JD Sports Fashion’s fascias, which include Blacks, Cecil Gee, Bank and Scotts, or whether he will just oversee clothing at the JD sportswear chain.

Questions have also been raised over how Daltry’s appointment will affect product director Paul Fox’s role. JD Sports Fashion did not respond to requests for comment.

Daltry’s move comes after Republic fell into administration in February, when all 150 employees at the Leeds head office lost their jobs. Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct bought the majority of the chain for an undisclosed sum later in the month.

Daltry took on a range of roles during his time at Republic, including joint brand manager, before being promoted to director of buying and merchandising.

Readers' comments (22)

  • Product quality at JD will be taking a dive then!

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  • Errr, i don't think that JD is associated with quality, everyone needs to get real regarding quality, very few multiples are deliverying quality at the mo, Sports Direct is definitely at the bottom and John Lewis perhaps the exception towards the top, Blue Inc, JD, Officers Club, Primark, Debenhams, River, Arcadia there's a cigarette paper between them all on quality, they all buy the same base fabrics they just treat them a bit differently and they all mark them up differently so actually you could argue that a retailer marking up by 1.2 is giving far better value to the customer than another who marks up by 4.

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  • I certainly don't think of quality when I think of J.D, though Sports Direct is even worse. When you see one of their bags, I think of 'Shameless'.

    Not sure about how any retailer can survive on selling product at 1.2 Margin though, That isn't going to pay the bills! If I'm not on at the very least a 2.25-2.5 margin, the brands we stock would be on our backs and very rightly so!

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  • margin and mark up two totally different things

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  • Independent retailers need to take a good hard look at the brands they stockcbecause many of these do not offer value for money in design or quality, Firetrap, Gio Goi etc etc went the way they did because they were overpriced out dated and dull, they ended up where they belonged. Independents of course can never compete on the same mark ups as the multiples and shouldn't even try, there should be a country mile between the likes of JD, Republic etc etc and any Independent on product, quality and pricing, sadly for many there isn't. What Guy Daltry and a quality dive at JD have in common i have no idea, looks like he has gone from a company that has pretty much the same ideals when it comes down to this, in line with all others in this sector. Biggest issue at present is that there is very few new exciting brands currently out there at the mo for independents to turn to for innovation and quality at the right price.

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  • margin and mark up two totally different things

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  • Just a quick link for the more financially incompetent commenting on this article:

    http://www.ehow.com/about_4697388_difference-between-margin-markup_.html

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  • I dont know why you are obsessed with the semantics of the terms. In essence mark up is a margin although it is a gross margin. I think you are intimating that only a nett margin should be referred to as such. I think you will find that most big retailers work a margin based on an intake margin which is a gross margin, without taking into account the overheads of the business, and therefore, a report of the mark up.

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  • The independents would find that they were more new and exciting brands if they chose to pay their bills. The indies are sending small brands under before they even have chance to start.

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  • thanks for the explanation, cant believe people commenting without knowing the difference, anyway if youre a new brand you need a bigger player for the numbers in order to meet minimum order qtys etc,, you cant get them from the indies as most are not brave enough to try a new colour never mind a new brand. the whole place is a mess isn't it :-)

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