Retail Product Management : Buying and merchandising book cover
3rd Edition

Retail Product Management
Buying and merchandising

ISBN 9781315780610
Published August 21, 2014 by Routledge
324 Pages 34 Color & 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Retailers must be primed to face increasingly difficult trading conditions thanks to the rise of the internet, increasingly better informed consumers, technological advances and an often competitive environment. This established textbook, now in its third edition, helps to provide students with the necessary skills to understand and tackle these challenges.

Retail Product Management explains the importance of retailing as a customer-focused activity and helps to provide students of courses such as "Retail Marketing", "Retail Management" and "The Retail Environment" with an excellent introduction to this important topic. With an emphasis on the operational side, this text incorporates features including expanded case vignettes, questions for further discussion, and application tasks. It also includes a new chapter on ethical and sustainable retail product management.

Retaining the popular style and elements of the first two editions, Rosemary Varley's Retail Product Management will continue to find favour with students and lecturers involved with retailing.

Table of Contents

1. Scope and Concepts  2. Retail Product Management: Process and People  3. Category Management  4. Product Range Planning and Selection  5. Managing the Supply Base  6. Product Quantity Decisions and Stock Management  7. Managing the Response to Sales  8. Allocating Retail Space to Products  9. Retail Design  10. Visual Merchandising  11. Communicating the Product Offer  12. Evaluating Retail Product Management Performance  13. Ethical and Sustainable Retail Product Management

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Rosemary Varley is Subject Director for Marketing and Retail at the London College of Fashion, UK. Prior to her academic career, she worked in product management and buying in a variety of retail businesses


‘The very definition of retailing has at its heart the successful procurement and management of products and assortments, which anticipates the needs of a firm’s target consumers. No amount of window dressing or technology will make up for mistakes made here. Rosemary Varley has been writing intelligently on this subject for over ten years. This is a welcome revision of her thoughtful and accessible text, addressing the contemporary challenges faced by retail product managers.’ - Dr. Jonathan Reynolds, University of Oxford, UK

‘This thorough book fills a gap and provides students and professional readers with much useful material’ - E. B. Howard, Emeritus Fellow, Green Templeton College and Oxford Institute of Retail Management, UK

‘Provides an accessible, clear and comprehensive account of the complex issues, challenges and opportunities that are associated with superior retail product management.’ - Professor Christopher Moore, Glasgow Caledonian University

‘Unlike many texts, this book does not treat merchandising independent of other retail functions. As such, it is able to capture more accurately real-world concerns. In this updated edition, the increased use of figures and examples make the text even more accessible and exciting to students.’ - Leng Ho Keat, Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore