Clothing merchandise managerial aspects: fashion buying and planning function, controlling inventories, factors influencing stock movement, redistribution of stock; merchandising processes, sourcing and relationship with suppliers; management roles and responsibilities. Buying strategies, forecasting and records, preparing a buying plan, developing an assortment plan. Global sourcing perspective for the SA clothing industry. Economic, social, environmental responsible sourcing practices of retailers. This module addresses UN sustainable development goals: 8 (decent work and economic growth), 9 (industry innovation and infrastructure) and 12 (responsible consumption and production).
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