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Retail merchandiser

Merchandisers are responsible for ensuring that products appear in the right store at the appropriate time and in the correct quantities. This involves working closely with the buying teams to accurately forecast trends, plan stock levels and monitor performance. While the buyer selects the lines, the merchandiser decides how much money should be spent, how many lines should be bought and in what quantities. In smaller companies, the same person may be responsible for both buying and merchandising. Merchandisers play a key role within organisations, as profitability can be affected by how successfully they undertake their work. Merchandisers set prices to maximise profits and manage the performance of ranges, planning promotions and markdowns as necessary. They also oversee delivery and distribution of stock and deal with suppliers.

Typical work activities


Work activities vary depending upon the company and the particular retail sector, but will typically include:

planning product ranges and preparing sales and stock plans in conjunction with buyers; liaising with buyers, analysts, stores, suppliers and distributors; maintaining a comprehensive library of appropriate data; working closely with visual display staff and department heads to decide how goods should be displayed to maximise customer interest and sales; producing layout plans for stores; forecasting profits and sales, and optimising the sales volume and profitability of designated product areas; planning budgets and presenting sales forecasts and figures for new ranges; controlling stock levels based on forecasts for the season; using specialist computer software, for example to handle sales statistics, produce sales projections and present spreadsheets and graphs; analysing every aspect of bestsellers (for example, the bestselling price points, colours or styles) and ensuring that bestsellers reach their full potential; monitoring slow sellers and taking action to reduce prices or set promotions as necessary; gathering information on customers reactions to products; analysing previous season's sales and reporting on the current season's lines; making financial presentations to senior managers; accompanying buyers on visits to manufacturers to appreciate production processes; meeting with suppliers and managing the distribution of stock, by negotiating cost prices, ordering stock, agreeing timescales and delivery dates, and completing the necessary paperwork; identifying production and supply difficulties and dealing with any problems or delays as they arise;

managing, training and supervising junior staff

Job description: Merchandiser


As a merchandiser, you will be responsible for deciding which goods to stock in which shops and how they should be displayed. In large retail companies, merchandisers you're likely to be dealing with a single range of products, while in a smaller company you may be responsible for both the buying and merchandising. Essentially, merchandisers predict trends and fashions and decide which products are most likely to appeal to customers. You'll analyse sales information, work out sales targets and plan how to increase profits. You'll visit suppliers or manufacturers to select goods, which is likely to involve working closely with retail buyers. You will also negotiate a price, order the goods, agree a delivery date, complete all the necessary paperwork, and keep in touch with suppliers to make sure that the goods arrive on time. You'll be working closely with visual display staff and department managers to decide how goods should be displayed to best attract customers' attention. This might involve planning and setting up sales promotions and advertising campaigns. You may also travel to different stores to discuss how well stock is selling, and make decisions about whether to withdraw, increase or move it to another store. Computers play an important part in the work, and are used to handle sales statistics, produce sales projections and present spreadsheets and graphs.

Hours and Environment


Merchandisers usually work a 38 hour week, Monday to Friday, but sometimes you'll work much longer hours, for instance during special sales promotions or the opening of a new store. Most of the work is office-based, but some time will be spent each week visiting regional stores or suppliers. This may involve spending short periods of time away from home. At senior levels this may include travelling abroad - to find new suppliers, select and buy goods, or sort out problems with manufacturers.

Skills and Interests


To be a successful merchandiser you will need:

Mathematical ability - to work out budgets and understand sales figures The ability to understand what the customer wants Business sense and negotiation skills The ability to work well in a team

To be well organised and good at planning Good written and spoken communication skills Creative flair The ability to cope with the pressure of fast-paced work.

Entry
Entry is competitive. Usually, you need a degree or BTEC/SQA HND in a retail, marketing or a business-related subject. Some companies may consider you with A levels/Highers or relevant vocational A level/GSVQs level 3, if you have the right skills and qualities. Competition for jobs is very strong, so previous retail or business experience is very useful. You are likely to need a driving licence.

Training
Some larger retail companies recruit graduate management trainees. Here you'll work in different departments, learning all aspects of retailing and store management, before specialising in merchandising. It's also possible to enter merchandising via a buying or marketing role and internal promotion. This may include study for NVQs/SVQs in Procurement at levels 2 to 4; Retail Operations at levels 2 to 4; Sales at levels 2 to 3; or Sales Management at Level 4. Other qualifications include those offered by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply or the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24. For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

Opportunities
Potential employers include large retail multiples such as Marks and Spencer and Tesco, together with the large independent retailers found in most cities throughout the country. Prospects for promotion are better within the larger companies, and opportunities might include specialising in a particular type or brand of goods, taking responsibility for the merchandising of goods in shops across an entire region, or moving on to other areas of retail management. You may have to move around the country to gain promotion. Opportunities also exist with manufacturers and wholesalers, mail order and internet companies.

Annual Income
This annual income section is intended as a guideline only. As a trainee or newly recruited merchandisers, you will usually earn 11,000 - 15,000. More experienced merchandisers earn in the region of 20,000. Senior merchandisers in large retail companies can earn more than 30,000.

What are Fashion Merchandising Jobs All About?

Every great boutique or department store needs a Wizard of Ozsomeone behind the curtain making everything appear as impressive as possiblesomeone deciding to stock ruby slippers because they're the next big thing. This is what fashion merchandising is all about: knowing what your customers want, even before they know it, and using your skills to persuade them. Fashion merchandising jobs require a blend of fashion sense and business expertise. Style alone won't lead to a successful career in this field. Staying ahead of the fashion curve is a feat involving both art and science. Strategy and marketing know-how are an integral part of fashion merchandising.

Fashion Merchandising Tasks


In a fashion merchandising job, your task is to make fashion relatable to your customers. In order to do this, you may perform a variety of tasks, including the following:

Going fashion shows Buying fashions Negotiating with suppliers and manufacturers Managing retail outlets Creating store displays Advertising and marketing

Essential Skills for a Fashion Merchandising Job


Forecasting Ability While more scientific than fortune telling, fashion merchandising jobs do have a forecasting element. In order to improve your accuracy, you'll need a thorough knowledge of past fashion trends and an awareness of current industry developments. These traits will be indispensable to your fashion merchandising career. Analytical Ability Problem solving and analytical ability are also key to your success in this field. A good sense of style obviously helps you; however, you must also determine how things fit into a budget and whether they meet the functional needs of consumers. Other criteria may also influence your fashion merchandising decisions, so you will need to be able to analyze a complex set of issues and stand behind your choices. Communication Skills Fashion merchandising jobs also need good communication skills. From negotiating with manufacturers to getting your marketing message out to customers, there is ample opportunity to exercise your powers of communication in the fashion merchandising field. A merchandiser is a person that ensures that a product or promotional product is in the right place at the right time, and in the proper quantity and quality. Find out about the research that goes into merchandising with help from a marketing, public relations and sales management teacher in this free video on marketing jobs. Read more: Video: What Is the Job Description of a Merchandiser? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/video_4790525_job-description-merchandiser_.html#ixzz1hLmeRZKE A merchandiser is a person that ensures that a product or promotional product is in the right place at the right time, and in the proper quantity and quality. Find out about the research that goes into merchandising with help from a marketing, public relations and sales management teacher in this free video on marketing jobs. Read more: Video: What Is the Job Description of a Merchandiser? | eHow.comhttp://www.ehow.com/video_4790525_job-descriptionmerchandiser_.html#ixzz1hLmeRZKE

What is the role of merchandiser in garment industry?


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In garment industry, merchandiser is the BRIDGE between the management(or)industry and the buyer. He have to look after every job like buying the raw material (which is requied to finish the product), making the garment, finishing the garment, documentation(over all view), finally shipping. He is the responsibility person to make the product. The merchandiser who creats a good relationship in between exporter & buyer. Merchandiser Note: There are comments associated with this question. See the discussion page to add to the conversation.

A garment merchandiser must have the following requirements:


must be a graduate from a college degree specializing with textile and the like. should have a very good communication skills as well as interpersonal skills. Having a good presentation is a plus also. A self motivated go-getter will have the edge.

Duties and responsibilities include:


Being a garment merchandiser, you should be capable of executing all related merchandising activities of the given orders or the customers. You should be able to handle it with care and professionally. Part of the duties is to prepare the samples and the budget and both of them are for approval. Coordinating as well as following with the production and fabric team is expected from you. Since this is a client-based business, you are expected to communicate with buyers. Constant update and interaction with the supplies is needed. You should also go check ups and follow ups with the commercial departments regarding the on time fabric and trims delivery. You should also make sure that the functions of all related processes are running smoothly. Reports daily to the administration or the corporate office regarding the current status and the like is also part of a garment merchandisers job. Travelling is part of this job.

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- Sourcing for garment manufacturer, factories etc. - Obtain quotation and negotiate for the best price. - To evaluate and qualify new suppliers based on production capacity, technical capabilities resource plans, service level and pricing competitiveness - To negotiate all elements of the new supplier relationships - including lead time, pricing, to ensure reliable service and quality, and a low total cost of procurement. - To liaise with new suppliers to ensure sufficient and accurate information and documents to supply goods within the project timeline. - Executing all related merchandising activities of the given orders and handle it with care and professionally. - Prepare the samples and the budget and coordinating as well as following with the production and fabric team is expected from you - Expediting all purchasing activities. - Negotiating and administration of purchasing contracts. - To help develop, arrange and maintain a sourcing database for all vendors, competitor vendors and potential vendors.

Kinh nghim/K nng chi tit: - University Degree in Garment/Textile, Industry Knowledge is a must - Fluent in spoken and written English - Good interpersonal skills, willing to learn and enjoy new challenges - Able to work independently as well as in a team, Strong analytical skills - Good knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer) and IT tools in general - Experience in drafting Contracts and negotiation skills is an advantage - Must be excellent in communication skills and should be customer focused - Well organized, self motivated, attention to details and - Administration including organizing and filing documents.
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