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?”
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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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?”
Merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt talks about the biggest mistakes that retail salespeople make and how to train sales staff.
A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Is it reasonable to think that the improving economic activity will cause strong growth in apparel?”
A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Do I run the chance of missing sales by not landing all my seasonal inventory early?”
A retailer asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Is is worth adding accessories, particularly jewelry, to my store’s mix?”
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?”
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?”
Merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt on how independent retailers should react to a slowing sales cycle.