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Retail Buyers work for retail shops and are responsible for purchasing products that will be further sold to company customers. Work duties like analyzing consumer trends, ensuring stock levels, liaising with suppliers, handling logistics issues, and leading promotional activities are often seen on Retail Buyer example resumes. Successful candidates demonstrate qualifications such as commercial awareness, good math skills, strong communication and negotiation skills, market research knowledge, computer proficiency, and time management. Formal education is not mandatory for the job, and most Retail Buyers make display of at least a high school diploma in their resumes.

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Planning & Production Manager and Retail Buyer - Accessories, Apparel, and Home

Managed planning, production and buying for all company brands and sales channels (retail, wholesale, ecommerce) resulting in
$8.2mil sales, up 30% to LY.

  • Grew sales by 30% through management of planning, production and buying for all company brands and sales channels
  • Increased GM% through effective cost negotiations and more strategic markdown planning.
  • Managed supply chain with a staff of six responsible for import/export, allocation, and eCommerce fulfillment.
  • Collaborated with design team to create cohesive assortments for each brand based on OTB, enabling more effective
  • Researched and presented industry trends to guide design team in product development and plan for accurate balance between trend and basic products by season.
  • Built strong relationships with domestic and international vendors, easing negotiations to achieve delivery dates and cost targets each season.
Candidate Info
3
years in
workforce
1
year
at this job
BS
Business Administration, International Management
2

Retail Buyer

Purchased $72M categories for 170 base locations in the US and overseas. Categories included all home textiles, cookware, table top, heaters and fans. Managed merchandise selections for the in store weekly promotions, internet outlet and mail order catalog. The exchange customer base included all ranks and branches of the military world wide. To meet the demand of such a broad customer base the assortment consisted of both department store and discount quality merchandise.

  • Purchased $72M categories for 170 base locations in the US and overseas
  • Categories included all home textiles, cookware, table top, heaters and fans
  • Managed merchandise selections for store weekly promotions and mail order catalog
  • Increased departmental gross margin by 6% and sales by 3% within one year
  • Managed in excess of 3,000 sku’s and 60 suppliers both domestic and foreign
  • Instituted a brand merchandising campaign that brought Brand Kiosks into specific Post Exchanges to highlight designer home textile fashions and designers
Candidate Info
8
years in
workforce
5
years
at this job
BA
Business Administration Management / Accounting
MBA
Strategic Leadership And Corporate Management
3

Retail Buyer

Responsible for buying, product development, design, purchasing for 50 stores for three product categories: men's neckwear, accessories, and sport shirts. Planned and implemented marketing strategies and budgets, set quality standards.

  • Significantly increased sales and profits in each merchandising position.
  • Negotiated production, delivery, cost, advertising. Upgraded quality standards and profit margins through a product development strategy which increased quality, reduced cost to customer, and significantly increased profit margins by hundreds of thousand of dollars over a six year period.
  • Held several positions with successively greater responsibility (salesperson, assistant manager, manager, assistant buyer, buyer, senior buyer).
Candidate Info
15
years in
workforce
13
years
at this job
BA
Honors And Dean
MA
English Literature
MA
Religious Education
4

Retail Buyer Administrative Assistant

Responsible for assisting over 1,000 stores daily on issues pertaining to order adjustments, customer requests and special orders, and basic troubleshooting for the Produce Department. Additional duties included, continuous interaction (internally and externally) with customers, vendors, sales representatives, and colleagues; managing costs and purchases in product-information-management (PIM) system; creating and issuing purchase orders; vendor negotiations; troubleshooting and resolving scanning errors.

  • Continuously exceeded goals, contributing to company's overall success and positive image
  • Recognized for knowledge and success in project and time management, problem solving, vendor communication, customer relations, and people development
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work self-directed using sound judgment and decision-making skills
  • Enhanced productivity through strong leadership and smart business decisions
  • Commended for punctuality, persistence, and dedicated work ethic
Candidate Info
2
years in
workforce
2
years
at this job
HS
High School Diploma
5

Retail Buyer- Manager

This company is primarily known for contracting their various Franchise Brands into Colleges, Malls etc. Their development as a company has been focused on the "food" industry. I was hired to train and develop their retail store, standards and practices.

  • Developed an inventory system to track and control shrink
  • Applied a barcode POS system and receiving process for product
  • Implemented and created plan-o-grams, end-caps, power walls and standards of "sets" for everyday as well as Holiday merchandise
  • Formed relationships with new vendors to create growth and profitable PNL's on a local and national platform.
  • Initiated contact with several local entrepreneurs and created product exclusive to our location
  • Set the precedence for Customer Service, that has increased revenue 20%-25%
  • Executed Ohio Laws for taxation, margins, and various consumer protection acts.
Candidate Info
16
years in
workforce
4
years
at this job
6

Fashion Stylist/retail Buyer

Launched and developed a trendy clothing and apparel trunk boutique for Booeep Online Entertainment which entails purchasing and selling fashion merchandise to celebrities and other up and coming artists for their photo shoots and personal needs.

  • Successfully selected, purchased and stayed on budget acquiring all clothing and apparel for Fashion Deals on Wheels trunk boutique via the downtown LA fashion district.
  • Established and cultivated relationships with clientele in order to successfully learn and meet the fashion needs of the client and their upcoming photo shoots.
  • Consulted and advised clients on best fit fashions for their body type in addition to personal wardrobe consulting.
  • Provided optimum level of customer service by fulfilling each client's requirements and particular fashion needs by taking on a personal shopper role for Fashion Deals on Wheels.
Candidate Info
19
years in
workforce
9
years
at this job
BA
Bachelor of Arts
7

Retail Buyer

Analyzed consumer buying patterns and predicted future trends and regularly reviewed key performance indicators (KPI), such as sales and discount levels; and forecasted sales levels and reported accordingly.

  • Placed orders and ensured inventory is properly distributed; reacted to changes in demand and logistics.
  • Met suppliers and negotiated terms of contract; maintained relationships with existing suppliers and sourced new suppliers for future products; participated in promotional activities.
  • Liaised with shop personnel to ensure supply meets demand; training and mentoring junior staff.
  • Contributed to consolidation, reduction, and rationalization of the local supplier base.
  • Identified opportunities and implemented actions to achieve efficiencies.
Candidate Info
4
years in
workforce
2
years
at this job
AS
Arts
BBA
Supply Chain
8

Apparel Retail Buyer

Created, executed and managed the department's inventory in 56 domestic & international stores. Formulated the department's financial plans and promotional strategies.

  • Worked directly with manufacturers to development demographic specific products.
  • Identified and developed sourcing programs with key vendors. Negotiated pricing and contract terms
  • Devised all departmental communication to Stores and Field Support departments
  • Directed display and merchandising teams on in-store product presentation
  • Managed the daily activities of department support staff
Candidate Info
11
years in
workforce
11
years
at this job
9

Retail Buyer

Worked directly with customers by listening to needs on a daily basis, increased sales by 15% in the first two months

  • Built strong, beneficial relationships with local and international vendors
  • Started an initiative to actively seek out new business from key missing demographics
  • Responsibly managed inventory of $30k with a yearly budget of $150k
  • Lowered loss 5-10% to nearly zero through sales analytics and forecasting
Candidate Info
11
years in
workforce
2
years
at this job
BS
Mathematics
Mathematics
10

Store Manager/ Retail Buyer

Supervised all aspects of the daily operations of 2 retail stores, including opening and closing procedures

  • Recruited, interviewed, hired, and trained all new retail employees
  • Formulated product buys for retail sales and Japanese distribution
  • Coordinated all inventory functions, daily sales receipts and on hand cash flows
  • Planned and implemented local advertising buys
Candidate Info
3
years in
workforce
3
years
at this job
Media Arts
Photography

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