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Retail Buyer

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Distributes Retail and Outlet store inventories to support sales, margins, and turnover objectives. Coordinates timing of delivery of initial and replenishment distributions between Distribution Center, Visual Merchandising, I.T., and Store Operations. Develops regional and store specific assortment plans with the input of the store management teams.
Determines appropriate timing of initial and replenishment deliveries based on merchandising and logistical considerations. Coordinates initial distributions of new product/seasonal purchases ensuring that strategy considers needs by division, volume, climate, and physical space.

Creates seasonal merchandise financial plans and performs monthly re-forecast of business by classification, department, and division. Develops assortment plans in units and dollars for all stores. Develops purchase quantities each season to achieve sales, margin, turnover, and visual merchandising objectives. Manages purchase order process.

Reviews assortment plans with Visual Merchandising team prior to distribution so that VM strategy is developed and communicated to stores prior to merchandise receipt. Performs replenishment distributions to prevent unnecessary stockouts and overstocks by style, color, and size.

Strategies anticipated product demand based on timing of mark-downs and holidays. Strategies opening assortments, quantities, and timing of deliveries for new stores in conjunction with Merchandise Manager, Store Operations, Real Estate, and Construction.

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