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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.
 
Ask Steve about merchandise planning and strategy
561-727-8567
Steve@Blksretail.com
www.blacksretail.com
 
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When Will Menswear See Stronger Growth?

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Steve Pruitt explains where we are in the larger retail cycle and when we can expect menswear to see stronger growth.

The Markdown Calendar in a Late Spring

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A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Since my spring sales got off to such a late start, do you think I should move up my markdown calendar?”

When You Have to Cancel Orders

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Merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt addresses the delicate issue of canceling orders with vendors.

Integrating Marketing into Your Planning

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A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “How can I integrate marketing into my planning process?”

Attracting Young Customers Without Alienating Others

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A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “How do I keep attracting younger customers without isolating my older clientele?”

Will Fall 2014 Sales Be As Good as Last Year?

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A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Last fall was pretty good — should I expect the same this year?”

How Do I Get People to Come Out in the Cold to Shop?

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A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “What more can I do to get people to come out into the cold and start shopping again?”

Clearing Merchandise

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A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Should I hold back on taking further markdowns this season?”

Is the Economy Finally Heating up Again?

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With GDP up, should retailers ratchet up their spring 2014 plans? Merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt discusses.

Holiday Markdown Pressure

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A retailer asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Do I need to keep up with big box markdowns to compete?”