TPF Merchandise Planning Services
The Planning Factory offer a full service in all areas of merchandise, range and assortment planning
You may need:
An audit to measure the effectiveness of your current merchandise planning process
Assistance with implementation of 3rd party merchandise planning solutions
Design and implementation of custom planning solutions
A quickly implemented off the shelf solution
Training in merchandise planning concepts and techniques
Whatever your requirements, we will do our best to provide a solution that fits your business
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Merchandise Planning Articles
In this section you can access a number of articles about Merchandise, Range and Assortment planning, beginning with a a series of 12 introductory articles and progressing to more in depth and complex concepts further down.
An Introduction to Merchandise Planning
A series of 12 introductory level articles on Merchandise Planning.
Starting with a definition of merchandise planning and progressing to a discussion of the basics of Open to Buy and the WSSI system, this series of articles will provide you with a basic understanding of the subject.
A definition of the merchandise planning process
An investigation of strategy and tactics
An overview of the processes involved
Guidelines on how to start off
What do these terms mean in the real world?
A look at planning systems functionality
A further look at planning systems functionality
How do you decide which way to jump?
How do you get the system into the business?
An Intoduction to Open to Buy
A more detailed look at the variables in the Open to Buy
How do we use forward cover?
More Advanced Merchandise Planning Articles
These articles address more advanced concepts like Gross Margin Return on Investment (GMROI) , Store Grading and Return on Space.
We'll also introduce powerful techniques like rank curve analysis.
The key issues that need to be addressed for a successful implementation
Combining GMROI and space data can create a powerful KPI for merchants
- An overview of the OTB process
The Uses of GMROI in Retail Planning and Control - An look at how to get the best out of this key performance measure
Store grading on sales value? There are better ways!
Using advanced rank curve techniques to change the way you plan assortments
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