Proven Expertise in Merchandising & MP&A

Kathy Beck is an accomplished retail executive and consultant with over 30 years of experience and expertise in Merchandise and Assortment Planning, Allocation, and Price, Promotion and Markdown Optimization. She is skilled in developing and improving strategies, methodologies, and processes; hiring and training planning teams and developing new talent; selecting and implementing new systems and/or improving the effectiveness of current system usage; streamlining business processes, developing training materials and improving business analytics.

Experience

  • Nike – Business & Functional Lead
    • Business Lead for North American Always Available Marketplace & Account Ladder Planning Tools. Responsibilities include Project Management, Design, Development, Training & Change Management. Functional Lead for Global Demand Planning Proof of Concept
  • J.Crew – Business Lead
    • Business Lead for JDA EP Implementation. Responsibilities include Business Process design, change management and training materials. Training and Change Management Lead for JDA Allocation implementation
  • Pet Retail Brands – Business, Training, Testing & Data Validation Lead
    • Business Lead for Merchandising Assessment, Gap Analysis & Development of Solution & Quick Win Roadmap. Business Lead on development of Business Strategies, Critical Success Factors & supporting KPI’s. Business & Training Lead on Oracle PBCS Merchandise Financial Planning implementation
  • At Home –
    • Evaluation of current state versus best practices, development of quick wins and future state roadmap for people and process with intense focus on Buying, Sourcing and Product Development. Deep dive into evaluation of roles and responsibilities, merchandise calendar and meeting inputs, outputs, objectives and RACIs

Specialization

  • Merchandising & MP&A
  • Category Management
  • Sourcing & Supply Chain
  • Pricing Lifecycle Management
  • Strategy & Transformation

Expertise

  • Process Re-engineering
  • Training & Change Management
  • Retail Systems Implementation
  • Business Analysis

Clients Include

  • Pet Retail Brands
  • The Children’s Place
  • Century 21 Dept Stores
  • Ross Stores/dd’s
  • HSN

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