Product and Merchandising Coordinator
April 2015 — Present
-Merchandising, purchasing, and project management.
-Partner with the Director of Purchasing to develop ophthalmic, sunglasses, and accessory product lines, collaborate on special projects and events, and run the merchandising department.
-Use creative and analytic skills to fuse merchandising, buying, and store operations.
-Develop visual merchandising guidelines for retail stores: window displays, planograms, cashwrap direction, ect.
-Select and prepare frames based on product category needs for new product releases.
-Design and prepare instructions for new product information, look books, stocking lists, and more.
-Communicate with store managers on inventory needs, customer requests, and merchandising.
-Plan product mix for retail store special events.
-Plan and prepare all merchandising details for new store openings.
-Identify slow and fast moving inventory to apply mark downs or suggest re-ordering, respectively.
-Buying process: aid in selection of merchandise and product development, create purchase orders, and assist in monitoring development from concept to completion.
-Communicate with hundreds of vendors in multiple countries and maintain a positive and professional relationship.
-Sourcing, managing production timelines, order shipments, and returns to vendors.
-Manage designer product inventory, including vendor communication, forecasting, and selection.
-Monitor and organize product showroom.
-Select and keep track of frames sent out for magazine/marketing shoots.
-Perform store visits to ensure quality and visual standards.