Contents Merchandise management Mark up and mark down GMROI WISSI Prayas/CBS
Category A category is an assortment of items that the customer sees as reasonable substitutes for each other: girls’ apparel, laundry detergents, soup, DVD players. In merchandise management, we do everything at the category level. The category can mean different things to different retailers. Prayas/CBS
Category Management Category management is the process of managing a retail business with the objective of maximizing the sales and profits of a category. – Objective is to maximize the sales and profits of the entire category, not just a particular brand. – One person managing the entire category and responsible for its success or failure. Prayas/CBS
Category Captain Selected vendor responsible for managing assortment of merchandise in a category Vendors frequently have more information and analytical skills about the category in which they compete than retailers Works with category Mgr ---Promotion, pricing, brand & product placement on shelves. Problems – Vendor category captain may have different goals than retailer Prayas/CBS
Calculating Inventory Turnover Inventory turnover = Net Sales Average inventory at retail Inventory turnover = Cost of goods sold Average inventory at cost Average inventory = Month1 + Month2 + Month 3 +… Number of months
Inventory Turnover and Sales-to-Stock Ratio Prayas/CBS Inventory turnover = Net Sales Average inventory at retail Inventory turnover = Cost of goods sold Average inventory at cost Stock-to-Sales Ratio = Net Sales Average cost of inventory
Advantages of Rapid Turnover Increased sales volume Less risk of obsolescence and markdowns Improved salesperson morale Money for market opportunities Decreased operating expenses Increased asset turnover Prayas/CBS
Disadvantages of Rapid Rate of Turnover Lowered sales volume Increased cost of goods sold Increased buying and ordering time Prayas/CBS
The Category Product Life Cycle Total Retail Sales Introduction Growth Maturity Decline Time Maturity
Prayas/CBS Collaboration, Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment Systems (CPFR) Systems used by retailers and vendors to work together to insure that the right merchandise is at the right place at the right time. Benefits both retailers and vendors Increases fill rate, reduces stockouts, increases inventory turns
Prayas/CBS Assortment Planning Variety is the number of different merchandising categories within a store or department Assortment is the number of SKUs within a category. Product availability defines the percentage of demand for a particular SKU that is satisfied.
Prayas/CBS Determining Variety and Assortment Profitability of Merchandise Mix Corporate Philosophy Toward Assortment Physical Characteristics of Store Complementary Merchandise
Prayas/CBS Types of Buying Systems Staple Merchandise Predictable Demand History of Past Sales Relatively Accurate Forecasts Fashion Merchandise Unpredictable Demand Limited Sales History Difficult to Forecast Sales
Prayas/CBS Staple Merchandise Buying System Forecast SKU Sales Order Merchandise Monitor Sales and Inventory Compare Inventory to Basic Stock List
Prayas/CBS Considerations in Determining How Much to Order Basic Stock Plan Present Inventory Merchandise on Order Sales Forecast – Rate of Sales of SKU (Velocity) – Seasonality
Prayas/CBS Buffer Stock We need it so we won’t loose sales, complementary sales, and customers Buffer stock is dependent on: -Forecast interval variance (Forecast interval = lead time + review time) -Variation in Demand (actual demand - forecasted demand) -Time to Get Product from Supplier -Time to Get Product from Distribution Center - Product availability requested of IM systems
Prayas/CBS Forecasting Demand Forecasting -- extrapolating the past into future using statistical and mathematical methods Objectives: – Ignore random fluctuations in demand – But be responsive to real change
Prayas/CBS Order Point Order point = the point at which inventory available should not go below or else we will run out of stock before the next order arrives. Assume Lead time = 0, Order point = 0 Assume Lead time = 3 weeks, review time = 1 week, demand = 100 units per week Order point = demand (lead time + review time) + buffer stock Order point = 100 (3+1) = 400
Prayas/CBS Order Point continued Assume Buffer stock = 50 units, then Order point = 100 (3+1) + 50 = 450 We will order something when order point gets below 450 units.
Prayas/CBS Calculating the Order Point Order Point = (Demand/Day) x (Lead Time +Review Time) + Backup Stock 167 units = (7 units x (14 + 7 days) + 20 units So Buyer Places Order When Inventory in Stock Drops Below 167 units
Prayas/CBS Merchandise Budget Plan Plan for the financial aspects of a merchandise category Specifies how much money can be spent each month to achieve the sales, margin, inventory turnover, and GMROI objectives. Not a complete buying plan--doesn’t indicate what specific SKUs to buy or in what quantities.
Prayas/CBS Open to Buy Monitors Merchandise Flow Determines How Much Was Spent and How Much is Left to Spend
ABC Analysis Rank - orders merchandise by some performance measure determine which items: – should never be out of stock. – should be allowed to be out of stock occasionally. – should be deleted from the stock selection.
Prayas/CBS ABC Analysis Rank Merchandise By Performance Measures Contribution Margin Sales Dollars Sales in Units Gross Margin GMROI Use more than one criteria
Prayas/CBS Retail Inventory Method (RIM) Two Objectives: – To maintain a perpetual or book inventory of retail dollar amounts. – To maintain records that make it possible to determine the cost value of the inventory at any time without taking a physical inventory.
Prayas/CBS Advantages of RIM The retailer doesn't have to “cost” each time. Follows the accepted accounting practice of valuing assets at cost or market, whichever is lower.
Prayas/CBS Advantages of RIM cont’d Amounts and percentages of initial markups, additional markups, markdowns, and shrinkage can be compared with historical records or industry norms. Useful for determining shrinkage. Can be used in an insurance claim case of a loss.
Prayas/CBS Disadvantages of RIM System that uses average markup. Record keeping process involved is burdensome.