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Introduction to Fashion Buying and Merchandising Online Short Course

Course description

This fashion buying course will help you to make that leap forward into the fast paced world of fashion retail. You will learn all about what a buyer and merchandiser actually do and the everyday challenges that you will be faced with at all levels of the market.

This course will introduce you to the roles and what to expect if you plan to start your career with an established retailer, or if you have recently started in a buying or merchandising role and want to understand best practice.

With the emphasis on larger retailers, this course will help you understand what it takes to succeed as a buyer or merchandiser, and the many exciting and challenging aspects of the roles.

You will also start to build a comprehensive reference file on the subject.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.

Details

Topics covered

  • Industry structure
  • Marketing research
  • Customer profiling
  • Branding
  • Buying & merchandising roles/responsibilities
  • Buying calendar
  • Critical path
  • Competitor shop
  • Buying strategy
  • Range planning  
  • Product development
  • The quality process
  • Purchasing budgets
  • Stock management
  • Margin
  • Pricing
  • Negotiations

The projects you'll be asked to undertake involve mathematical formulae therefore it's essential you have an understanding of maths to GCSE level C or equivalent. 

Materials

Online Short Course Materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date version of the Google Chrome web browser
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient
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This Introduction to Fashion Buying and Merchandising course will introduce you to the roles and what to expect if you plan to start your career with an established retailer, or if you have recently started in buying or merchandising.

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