Merchandise Planning training and courses
Master Planning Smarter
We take a fresh and insightful approach to Retail Merchandise Planning and Inventory Management, with emphasis on the thinking behind the concepts.
Learn our way; your way ...
through online training where we teach #planningasitshouldbe
Merchandise Planning is a niche skill set, and training options are even more scarce than skilled Planners. We are making it more accessible, and more valuable. Through SMART SCHOOL we aim to break the mould of traditional Retail and Merchandise Planning training.
We look at Merchandise Planning differently. We are proud of “our brand” of Planning.
Our Learning content is designed to be more thought provoking than instructional, encouraging the learner to think differently about concepts they may already be familiar with.
We want our learners to have 'ah-ha' moments, and say 'I never thought about it like that before'.
Meet Susan below and hear what SMART SCHOOL is all about ...
Our learning solutions ...
In line with the unique style and perspective for which our founder Susan Martin is known in Merchandise Planning, SMART SCHOOL places emphasis on the thinking behind the concepts.
Whether you are;
- new to Retail or Merchandise Planning and looking for a solid foundation to start your career,
- a Retailer looking to broaden your understanding of Merchandise Planning,
- an experienced Planner wanting to refine your skills in selected areas,
- a Company wanting to enrich your team's Planning expertise,
- or even an Executive or Founder wanting to get more familiar with Planning, how to get the most out of it, and how to oversee it,
SMART SCHOOL has, or will curate, a solution to meet your exact needs.
Our signature course
See Planning through our lens ...
Our signature course Merchandise Planning | Foundations, covers the context and principles of Merchandise Planning, and all the retail maths formulas and calculations.
It's the perfect one stop shop course for Retailers and Planners wanting to broaden their Merchandise Planning skills and knowledge.
Or get in touch with us for one to one mentoring and coaching options.LEARN MORE
Our FREE resource centre
Join our secret garden ...
We are on a mission to #changethefaceofplanning, and create a community of highly skilled Retailers and Planners with impact and influence, so we've pulled together all our free resources in to one central POD to share the love!
We add content regularly, so there's always something new to discover and add to your library.
Join us won't you, we'd love to see you inside?!JOIN NOW
Build a Planning culture ...
Thread Merchandise Planning into the fabric of your retail business, and enjoy an integrated outcome.
Customised to fit with your business systems and processes, we offer bespoke training, coaching and mentoring one to one or in groups
This includes workshops and Inductions, personalised to your teams needs.
Get in touch with us to see how we can tailor a solution for your business.EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS
What are people saying about
"Susan’s passion on the subject of Merchandise Planning exudes grace and art rolled into a ball of knowledge. I don’t see business - I see giving and sharing of accumulated skills and knowledge to a wider audience and I'm sure many will benefit from it. I am a huge advocate as I can see the benefit Merchandise Planning brings into a business.
I cannot thank you guys enough for this sharing your knowledge and I cannot wait for what’s to come. I will be watching in anticipation for that next course. For now I’m going to go back and re-do the course; I loved it that much!"
~ Eliza Purdea - Planning Manager, Baby Bunting
"SMART IN PLANNING made learning about and implementing Merchandise Planning in our business both enjoyable and manageable! The best part was that I could fit in time to study each section of the course easily throughout my week without being overwhelmed or having to dedicate a large chunk of hours at once to complete the entire thing.
I now feel ready to put the techniques I have learned into practice and look at implementing better reporting, forecasting and stock management across the business. I can’t wait to see the difference it makes!"
~ Alice Wark, General Manager, Magali Pascal
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