Ma vie à Paris.

Jana, student of International Business (B.A.) in Marc O’Polo’s dual degree programme, supported her colleagues in the showroom in Paris in the course of her deployment abroad. In the following, she reports on her experiences.

Bonne Chance.

In the course of my term abroad, I was given the opportunity to live in the city of love for two months – PARIS.

It is part of the three-year training period at MARC O’POLO to actively support various departments in the headquarter. Besides, a term abroad is part of my degree programme International Business. I was extremely happy about the opportunity to spend it in Paris. Before starting to study, I had already lived in Paris for three months as an intern in both of the MARC O’POLO stores. Not only was I able to gain several experiences in retail, I also fell in love with the city.


Everyday working life and trips.

It was my main task to visit our wholesale clients in France. With a colleague or alone I had to make sure that the sales spaces were according to MARC O’POLO’s standards. Wholesale clients in France are the warehouses Galeries Lafayette (GL) and Printemps. At GL we are represented with the men’s, at Printemps with the women’s collection. Therefore, visits differ with respect to the range offered and the way the spaces are arranged. There are several guidelines in order to have all sales spaces at all points of sales appear the same. MARC O’POLO employees regularly visit the warehouses to support them in transforming these spaces.

Besides, a so-called “Pop-Up Implementation” was introduced in November 2017 to have selected Galeries Lafayette warehouses in France offer a temporary women’s collection. The range of goods focused on an outdoor competency in order to detect and further increase market potentials within France. Aiming at a uniform display, we were responsible for arranging the spaces.

Work in the showroom.

Motiv 3

My diverse deployment not only included various trips but also assistance in our showroom located in the 2nd arrondissement near the Opéra. Work in the showroom is normally linked to order phases for coming seasons. Given that the order was already completed before my arrival, I was given different interesting tasks. Those included personnel, logistics and VM issues. Besides, I was also given the opportunity to prepare a meeting with German Store Design during which we spoke about our feedback on the warehouses we had already visited. Outcome: Future openings and their design can now be planned more efficiently and smoothly.

Even though I had not spoken French in more than one year, I found it very easy to understand the language from the first moment on. After two weeks, I had already gotten used to talking French. Shortly later I realised that I even started thinking in French during my time off.

The very special charm of France.

During my two months, I got to know various French cities that all shine with the same Paris charm. Little alleys, various bistros, styled French people and a cuisine for gourmets – these factors greatly help you to feel at ease.

I am very grateful for having been given the chance to rediscover France and especially Paris from a different angle. Once more, MARC O’POLO enabled me to experience an unforgettable time – the French would describe this it with the word “extraordinaire”.