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Do you love working with numbers, have great attention to detail and are very analytical?

Did you know there is currently a global shortage of merchandise planners and an experienced planner can work anywhere in the world?

Would you like a role where you have full sales, profit and stock management responsibility?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we may be just what you are looking for!

Course Outline

Our Merchandise Planning ESSENTIALS course is a six-week guided online course that has been developed to teach you the key tasks undertaken by team members in the planning department.

Each week, we guide you through a subject area so you can build up your planning skills.

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topic one: introduction to retail planning

The first week of the Planning ESSENTIALS course introduces you to the functions and activities that take place in a buying office throughout a season as well as outline any jargon and retail maths calculations that you will need throughout the course.  There are two subjects in topic one:


    1. UR – The Product Lifecycle
    2. UR – Calcs & Jargon

topic two: key planning skills

Over the next two weeks, we take you through the pre-season planning, showing you how to build a merchandise financial plan.  How to build and assortment plan and how to ensure you have the optimal number of options to put in the range and how many units to buy?   There are two subjects in this topic:


    1. Merchandise Planning
    2. Assortment Planning & Range Building

topic three: sales performance & stock

In our final topic we move from the planning stage to the trading stage, beginning with managing orders, allocating stock as well as looking at sales performance in season and managing stock to ensure maximum profit.  There are four subjects in topic three: 


    1. Evaluating Performance
    2. In-season Management
    3. Managing Key Lines

After scouring the internet to find a purpose-built course to gain knowledge in Merchandise Planning I found Numensa Academy.

The Merchandise Planning Essentials course was insightful and incredibly well structured, firstly providing a substantial overview into the complete planning cycle. Then breaking each step of the process into comprehensive modules, with a strong emphasis on UK best practice. The glossary and additional reading materials that come with the course are worth the admission alone.  

Beverley and Jade have a wealth of knowledge to impart and have gone above and beyond to ensure I got the most from this course. I hope to keep close ties with them both and further my study at Numensa as my career progresses.

Daniel Brassett

Merchandise Planning ESSENTIALS Graduate

Why should you do our planning essentials course?

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experienced merchandise planning tutor

With this guided online course, you have weekly online modules to complete, PLUS a weekly tutorial with a highly experienced Merchandise Planner, so you can delve deep into what you have learnt online and tap into your tutor’s wealth of knowledge.

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Industry centered training

We are the only organisation in Australia offering fashion buying and planning courses, who also train retailers’ buying and planning teams and have been doing so for a decade.  This means that not only do we understand the skills you need, but that we have an excellent reputation within the industry.

To find out if this course meets your career aspirations and if it is right for you, book a careers consult today…

Ready to go ahead and book your place onto the planning essentials course, just click on the button below to enrol…

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Do you know what a buyer & planner does?


Think you know, but would like to learn more.  Sign up for our FREE Module:

The World of Buying & Planning

In this module:

    • Unit 1:  The Merchandise Management Process
    • Unit 2: The Role of the Buyer & Planner
    • Unit 3: Challenges Facing Retailers Today