Usually, to supply the points of sale of a clothing chain, the operations to be carried out are these: the Fashion Buyer goes to the supplier to view the new collection; the Buyer documents the various garments viewed with photographs and comments and starts a discretionary selection based on the type of point of sale where the garment will be displayed, the target clients and the size of the store; once everything has been documented, the Buyer returns to headquarters to organize the goods acquired, entering everything into the managerial system (photos, descriptions, comments, etc.); finally, the Buyer manually enters the orders for resupplying the stores.
The process of procurement for the stores in the fashion world, most of the time, is not optimized and is complex and wasteful.
There are numerous ” gaps” that must be filled and even prevented. YouCo therefore designed a specific solution to help Buyers, Sales Assistants, and all the professionals who are involved in the supply and management of stores and warehouses in the fashion industry. The solution is called YouPocket Buyer and was designed to help the Buyer to manage orders on mobile devices.
The company, which relied on YouCo to improve its supply management, has many years of experience in the sector and is widespread throughout Italy. Its stores, scattered throughout Italy, are located both in city contexts (city centers and historic centers) and in shopping malls and fashion districts. The environments, therefore, change and require different solutions in terms of procurement and management of garments and stocks. In addition to this, the company considered necessary to speed up the process of choosing and purchasing new collections, which over time has become too complicated and inefficient. In this regard, it chose the YouPocket Buyer solution because it is closer to its own needs, providing it with customizations and additional elements.
How did the store’s supply management activity improve?
Speed and optimization of time and management in the supply activity: this was the first great benefit that the Client noticed after using YouPocket Buyer. YouCo provided the company with a mobility solution that allowed Buyers to halve the management time of the entire supply process. The Fashion Buyer, in fact, goes to the supplier or to the headquarters of the fashion brand from which to buy goods, and simply through a single media support, documents each item to be entered in the commercial offer of the stores.
The application developed by YouCo for tablets, allows the operator to take professional photographs of the garments and enter all the information related to them in the product data sheets. In the product data sheet, in fact, it is possible to enter: photo; supplier’s model code; description; size scale (determined by family and gender); color; fabric; brand families; purchase cost (Sell In); suggested retail price (Sell Out); margin percentage setting. All this is synchronized in real time with the parent company, which can see updates regarding the purchase activity of the new collections. In addition, the purchasing manager is able to place orders wherever he or she is, without having to waste time going back to the factory for their manual entry. From here, the Client noticed a considerable reduction in the time and costs related to this activity.
In addition to the purchasing and supply activity, the Client requested a parallel solution to help the Sales Assistants in the management of the garments in the store. In this regard, YouCo developed a special application, based on the iOS operating system, to display the garments available in the store (and also in all the stores of the chain), through the use of sheets provided with professional photos and detailed notes. The application allows reading BarCodes and perfectly synchronizes the whole catalog: in this way the Sales Assistant will have an immediate support, which will also positively affect the client experience. Thanks to the application, the Sales Assistant will be able to inform the client about the presence or absence of a particular garment or a particular size, all in a fast and timely manner.
The Client company thus improved the whole process of procurement and managing the goods, both in store and in warehouse. The Buyers’ work became more efficient and punctual, as they can now linger longer on the style details and purchase strategy of the store. Information is shared in real time via the YouPocket Buyer tablet application, clearly and without misunderstanding. Therefore the whole process, takes advantage: from the acquisition of the information, to the actual procurement, up to the final sale of the Sales Assistants.
To know how to apply YouPocket Buyer to your specific activity, contact the YouCo team. Mobile Solution Provider means that, with YouCo, every customization is at your fingertips, both for you and your contractors.