Merchandise planners are in charge of developing effective merchandise strategies for their company. They are responsible for creating sound financial plans that reduce company spending, and increase overall profit. They review forecasts, use past performance to make projections, make recommendations for promotional markdowns, and manage inventory to maximize profitability. Additionally, merchandise planners research market trends to increase create more attractive offerings.
Merchandise Planner Tasks
Track the level of inventory compared to the number of sales, working to quickly turn around products.
Generate short and long term merchandising plan to meet company financial objectives.
Decide what merchandise to buy based on past sales and market trend forecasts.
Suggest strategies for promotion and pricing based on current sales trends.