Determining category planning requirements
In this workbook we explore what is arguably the core activity of merchandise planning. We discuss the Retail Equation which connects stock, sales, markdowns and purchases. While the Retail Equation is deceptively simple, the business of retailing is complex as there are circular arguments embedded in the equation that are not obvious at first.
Sales relates to stock. If you have zero stock you can only achieve zero sales. If you have full racks, you have a change of making more sales. However, high markdowns are related to stock too. If you are over-stocked, then markdowns are needed to clear the problem. High closing stock, whilst good for sales and bad for markdown, is also bad for freshness in the following month.
Sales relates to freshness. Customers want to see the latest fashion range, or latest technology, or fresh bananas.
As you can see, retailer is quite complex and ultimately a juggling act in getting the stock mix just right to maximise sales and profit.
This workshop will go through:
- Determining category planning requirements
- Developing category financial and range plans
- Reacting to trade
Retail Buyers, Merchandise Planners, Business Owners, Product Managers
Entry – Intermediate
One day workshop - 9:30am to 4:30pm.
You have achieved formal study at the Certificate IV or higher level and currently employed within the retail sector in a function where they have applied knowledge of retail financials, inventory management and retail operations.
have at least two years full time work experience in a retail merchandise management related function where they have applied knowledge of retail financials, inventory management and retail operations.
have at least two years full time work experience in a role where they have applied knowledge of business financials and operations.
This unit is an accredited unit. On successful completion, you can receive national recognition for the unit (statement of attainment).
A successful completion means that all assessments have been marked competent by the assessor and that you have attended the workshop in its entirety.
Your competencies for each unit will be assessed through the following assessment methods:
Knowledge Assessment Tool (KAT)
- The assessment focuses on assessing the knowledge evidence of the unit of competencies in the form of written questions.
Skills Application Tool (SAT)
- The assessment focuses on assessing the performance evidence of the units of competencies in the form of practical demonstration.
Retail Innovation Tool (RIT)
- This assessment is started with case study / facts / specific retail standard to explore and provide you with some insights by answering the questions and implement them in the different context.
Diploma of Retail Merchandise Management (SIR50317)
- Develop a Merchandise Strategy (SIRRMRM002)
- Conduct a Post Trade Analysis (SIRRMRM003)
- Develop a Merchandise Financial Plan (SIRRMRM004)
- Develop a Category Financial Plan (SIRRMRM005)
- Plan a Merchandise Product Range (SIRRMRM006)
- Negotiate and Establish Supply Arrangements (SIRRMRM007)
- Develop a Mechandise Promotional Plan (SIRRMRM008)
- Plan Merchandise Buying Trips (SIRRMRM009)
- Plan Product Development (SIRRMRM010)
- Manage Merchandise Quality & Compliance (SIRRMRM011)
- Develop Ecommerce Strategy (SIRXSTR001)
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