• Explain how social, environmental, political, cultural, and economic systems, as well as geography relate to the planning, creation, production, merchandising, distribution, and consumption of textile, apparel, and footwear products and resulting company performance. 
  • Apply market research skills throughout the line planning and development process to establish line direction in terms of color, style, materials, separates/coordinates balance, and pricing.       
  • Development assortment plans that are in line with specific target markets, company location and/or selling format, marketplace trends, and performance goals.     
  • Develop merchandise budgets and analyze and update budgets to meet company performance goals. 
  • Use industry-relevant technology to formulate and communicate merchandising decisions.       
  • Apply visual and promotional strategies across different selling formats that would potentially enhance company performance.