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About Steve Pruitt

Steve Pruitt is founder and Senior Consultant of Blacks Retail Analysis and Blacks Consulting. With over 30 years of experience, Steve is one of the most respected merchandise analysts in the industry. His specialty is apparel merchandising and he has worked with clients in every sector of this category. Steve’s approach is highly customized; he tailors his analyses to the particular needs and market of each client. His work ties together the merchandising piece of the business with the client’s overall financial goals to increase sales and streamline operations. Steve is also a trusted general business consultant, known for his ability to help retailers plan growth and manage change.
 
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How Technology is Affecting Menswear Business

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Steve Pruitt of Blacks Retail Analysis answers a reader’s question about how technology like the Apple Watch and Google Glass will impact menswear.

When is it a Good Idea to Overbuy?

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A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “If business is going to be okay in the fall, are there any categories I should overbuy in?

What Qualities Make a Great Buyer?

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Merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt takes a question from a retailer who asks, “What advice can you give me on what makes a great buyer?”

Bad Weather’s Effect on Sales

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A retailer asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “The recent onslaught of winter storms has really put a damper on our business. What can I do to minimize the damage?”

The Most Common Sales Mistakes

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Merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt talks about the biggest mistakes that retail salespeople make and how to train sales staff.

Will a Stronger Economy Help Apparel?

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A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Is it reasonable to think that the improving economic activity will cause strong growth in apparel?”

Should I Land All Seasonal Inventory Early?

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A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Do I run the chance of missing sales by not landing all my seasonal inventory early?”

Adding Men’s Accessories and Jewelry to Your Store

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A retailer asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Is is worth adding accessories, particularly jewelry, to my store’s mix?”

Ask the Experts: Predicting Holiday Traffic

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A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt: “Last holiday started out great in November and then sputtered in December. Is there any way to understand what will happen this year?”

Ask the Experts: What Trends Will Drive Spring Sales?

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A retailer asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Are there any trends in the spring collections that we should get excited about and ready to push to our customers?”