Retail buyers find, negotiate and purchase merchandise sold in retail and department stores. If you’re looking for a fast-paced career combining retail and business, retail buying might be for you!
The Certificate of Retail Buying and Strategic Planning is an online professional development program that will provide you with the strategies, skills and knowledge required by retail buyers to purchase retail merchandise and develop buying plans.
In this online retail buying course you will learn how to analyse the market, plan and introduce product ranges, establish supplier relationships, negotiate the supply of goods and maximise profit through effective buying strategies.
A focus on the analysis of both internal and external environments ensures you understand the tools and techniques required to purchase strategically to meet performance benchmarks and maximise profit in an ever-changing retail environment.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to apply for entry-level retail buying positions in department stores, retail chains and smaller retail shops. Or, when you have gained experience, offer your services on a freelance basis.
Unit 1 - Merchandise buying strategy
Post trade analysis
Customer buying patterns
Purchasing factors and trends
Competitor analysis and profiling
Past and planned performance
Consult key stakeholders
Future range strategy
Relevant future trading
Market and strategy analysis
Product volumes and pricing
Determining a service price
Marketing and organisation strategies
Communicating relevant strategy
Six C’s of effective communication
Develop merchandise plan
Review marketing calendar
Budget and marketing plan
Establishing base line sales
Gross margin requirements
Margins and markdowns
Shrinkage and reductions
Formulae for open to buy
Width and depth of range
Economic order quantity (EOQ)
Respond to trade
Plans and performance benchmarks
Sales reports and report frequency
Analysing sales volumes
Cross selling ratios
Managing merchandise plan
Stock to sales ratio
Gross margin return on investment
Unit 2 - Undertake strategic planning in retail
Vision, mission and values
Social and cultural behaviour
Develop strategic plan
Maintaining market share
Launching products / services
Develop evaluation criteria
Monitor strategic plan
Language and terminology
Estimated duration 30 Hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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