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Retail Buyers select and buy goods for resale in retail establishments.


  • monitors sales data and stock levels, and studies trade, manufacturers' and market information to keep informed of changing market conditions
  • negotiates purchase, promotion and supply arrangements with suppliers
  • designs and implements pricing, marketing, promotional and display strategies
  • liaises with management on long-term planning and sales promotions
  • establishes working plans according to seasonal and budgetary requirements
  • anticipates consumer trends and determines quantity, style and quality of goods to be purchased.

To become a Retail Buyer

  • You usually need extensive retail experience to work as a Retail Buyer. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. A diploma in retail management or retail merchandise management or university qualifications in business, marketing, fashion or another related field might be helpful.

    Take a Certificate III in Retail

Skills employers are looking for

  • Planning

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Budgeting

  • Communication Skills

  • Forecasting

  • Analytical Skills

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