Job description for Top Merchandise Planning and Allocation Executive
COLUMBUS, OHIO – March 08, 2017 – Columbus Consulting International, a leading industry consultancy specializing in retail business processes and systems, announced today that Soft Surroundings, a leading multi-channel marketer and aspirational lifestyle brand offering unique solutions to today’s active woman, has selected Columbus Consulting to lead the business process, design and implementation of the brand’s new allocation and merchandise planning solutions.
Reporting to the Brand President, you direct all aspects of merchandise planning and allocation, achieving or exceeding our goals for revenue and growth. Your ability to retain and develop your team members is among your most important assets.
Now in its third year, Boston Retail Partner (BRP) has conducted its annual survey of over 500 retailers across North America for their Merchandise Planning & Allocation Benchmark Survey. The results are in: experts at Boston Retail Partners have recently released the 3rd Annual Merchandise Planning & Allocation Benchmark survey of over 500 retailers across North America, nearly half in the Apparel, Footwear, & Accessories industry. The study provides new insights into key drivers, the current state, as well as best practices for merchandise planning and allocation, a key vehicle of delivering unified commerce experience.The resulting report explores the current state of the industry and how technology is shaping retail capabilities in merchandise planning and allocation, highlighting the priorities, processes, tools and strategies of today's retailers. It also presents windows of opportunity for retailers to support the growing need for unified commerce.Boston Retail Partners Merchandise Planning and Allocation Consumers want a seamless omni-channel shopping experience which requires more functional capabilities than ever before.We at 7thonline are revolutionizing the way merchandise planning and allocation drives the bottom line. Built by Apparel, Footwear, and Accessories (AFA) industry veterans, our solutions empower today’s planners and allocators with deep demand insights and robust optimization to achieve critical margin breakthrough and inventory productivity. Taking advantage of 7thonline’s cloud-based, demand-driven DTC platform, today’s fastest-growing retailers are able to leverage industry-specific algorithms, embedded best practices, and streamlined processes to deliver compelling assortments and significant financial impact. 3) Automation Leads to Strategic Thinking
Planning and allocation teams can make a major impact on sales, profit and customer satisfaction—if they are enabled to. According to Chuck, “far too often we find these teams stuck in the weeds, sifting through rows and rows of data trying to hold the merchandising process together.”A thriving and growing company today needs an Omni-Channel merchandising, planning & allocation, and supply chain strategy that delivers a destination experience for the Customer, whichever channel they choose to shop. Aligning a merchandise strategy, channel initiatives, an execution plan, creating processes to eliminate road bumps, and building innovative teams are elements that the TRTT team has delivered throughout their careers. The TRTT team has experience across all retail sectors, including department stores, specialty stores, discount businesses and off-price retailers, in designing, building and developing exceptional Merchandise Planning and Allocation teams. We can work with you to develop the best linkages, reporting structures business processes, and collaborative models for your MP&A team to work most effectively with all of their retail partners in your organization, including the Merchandising, Stores Management and Supply Chain functions.