As a buyer, you’re in charge of selecting the products which end up going into stores. But this exciting and diverse role is about so much more than just shopping and choosing garments – it’s a varied position that requires an analytical mind and a lot of creativity.
Here's what might happen on a typical day in the life of a buyer!
9am: Brand Appointments
Every day is different in buying, and you’ll get to work closely with different roles across the supply chain. Your day might begin by attending an appointment with a brand at their offices. You’ll be shown their full range of new stock, and you’ll be expected to make decisions on what to buy based on what’s right for your customer. It's important to think about things like demographics and past sale figures to inform your decisions.
11am: Sales Data and Analytics
In the mid-morning, you’ll return to the office to update the rest of your team, including your Assistant Buyer. It’s necessary to make buying decisions based on what’s sold well in the past, so you’ll spend time getting up to speed with sales data and analytics in order to maximise profits. Equally, it’s important to keep in mind what hasn’t sold so well, so that you can perhaps negotiate your way out of non-profitable stock.
1pm: Team Meetings with Merchandisers and Garment Technology
After lunch, you might attend meetings with the whole of your team, including Merchandisers and Garment Technologists, to discuss what they are working on and what hasn’t been so successful. You’ll also work on identifying any upcoming trends early, to inform what you might need to buy next and to formulate accurate forecasts. Buyers work seasons ahead so you need to know about future trends, using forecasting websites such as WGSN. Ultimately, it’s important to make sure that the whole team is aligned and feeling excited about the products your brand is offering to the customer!