A Lidl insight into the world of retailNews
A student currently undertaking a placement at an international supermarket says the experience has been exhilarating.
Lidl is a global supermarket with over 10,000 stores worldwide. The supermarket introduces university students into its business as soon as possible and recently launched its Retail Placement Programme. One student says this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Alisha Patel is an International Business student at the University of Liverpool. She has joined Lidl for a one year placement and says her experience has been wide-ranging.
"The placement's been a really varied experience. I spent my first three weeks in sales, then I spent two weeks in logistics, which is the warehouse," she says. "Then I spent a week each in supply chain, property and admin. Then after that you get to go back and choose modules and they're each two months long."
The Retail Placement Programme shows students the different areas of Lidl's business. Alisha says although students are introduced to different parts of the business, they are able to make an impact.
"I think with my placement you do get such real responsibility in store, and you just get completely trusted with the duty manager role," she says.
"In HR I took so much management over from my training managers, all his paperwork, everything, managing the seminars, running them myself, organising everything for them, so you do get a lot of responsibility. I think it just helps you grow as a person so much more."
Alisha says her proudest moment was seeing her project potentially rolled out to 650 stores.
"When I was at head office because for two weeks I had to write a set of operational instructions about a new concept that's getting sent to stores," Alisha says.
"Another placement student and I put together a document around 30 pages long and then we presented it to senior managers. They said to us that they would only have to make really minor changes and it could be potentially sent to 650 stores."
Image credit: Lukas Budimaier
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