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Macy’s Planners maximize sales and gross margin through bottoms up location, financial, and inventory planning. The Planning team operates on our omnichannel SVI (single view of inventory) model and is responsible for the merchandise planning functions across all purchasing channels including Macy’s brick-and-mortar stores and the macys.com website. Planners are highly quantitative, analytical, and systems-oriented.

8:45 AM

Arrive at the Office

I start my day by greeting my team and grabbing a cup of coffee from the kitchen. I settle into my workspace and turn on the laptop. I really can’t wait to see how sales in Polo were yesterday!

9:00 AM

Prepare for Team Meeting

This is when I start pulling some key reports and looking at my business ahead of my Divisional Planning Manager’s team meeting. I’ll need to be ready to provide an update on how the latest fashion delivery is performing by selling channel (site and stores), as well as provide an overview of topline sales performance and stock liabilities by product classification and region.

10:00 AM

Attend the Team Meeting

This is our weekly team meeting hosted by my Divisional Planning Manager. We are discussing current business results as well as future sales growth opportunities. Each member of the team has a chance to review a portion of the business and ask questions. We are using this time to collaborate on location plans and MyMacys strategies we might want to implement.

11:30 AM

Update with my Supervisor

Now that I have prepared my sales reports and vendor analysis, I am reviewing the current season’s performance versus last year and plan by location and channel. This way, I can call out successes and liabilities. I will review my findings with my supervisor which will include a climate analysis before our market appointment at the vendor’s showroom. We’ll want to discuss actions for driving additional sales with the vendor.

12:00 PM

Attend Market Appointment

The vendor is hosting lunch and presenting the proposed assortment for the following season. We then walk the showroom with the buying team and talk about each new program. We also discuss current business. Next, I will be presenting my analysis in an effort to react to current business and influence assortment decisions for next season’s buy. My climate analysis was very helpful when selecting our assortment for warm doors as well as the website.

2:00 PM

Collaborate on Capstone Project

Now, it’s time to get together with my EDP project team to work on our Capstone project. It was my responsibility to complete geography and demographic research to incorporate into our project recommendations. I’m excited to share my research with my team.

3:15 PM

Review Assortment Plan

I am partnering with the Inventory Management team and discussing strategies for next month’s allocations. We are ensuring strong performing locations have enough depth of fashion merchandise and that replenishment parameters are appropriate.

4:00 PM

Participate in Systems Training

Our assortment planning system is a simple, fast, and flexible tool. It allows buyers and planners to easily manage and execute assortment decisions within a single application. In training, I am learning how to utilize many different functions such as how to build an assortment plan, from adding product, locations, financial targets, and localizing quantities. The assortment plans I build in the system will be used my Inventory Management team to accurately allocate the goods.

5:00 PM

Analyze Replenishment Assortment by Location

With this project I am reviewing my replenishment assortment. Replenishment products are items we consistently carry within our stores. I am reviewing my assortment to ensure all locations are set up with the appropriate replenishment merchandise as designated from the assortment plan. I partner with the Inventory Planning team and discuss strategies and actions for any additions or edits to the replenishment assortment.

6:00 PM

Softball Game in Central Park

I am unwinding at the end of the day with my new Macy’s friends on our intramural softball team. We get together every week and play against other corporate teams from around the city. I’ve met so many people in the city this way!

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