Merchandise Financial Planning2020-12-23T16:28:38-05:00

What is daVinci Merchandise Financial Planning?

daVinci Merchandise Financial Planning is a software application that gives retailers the ability to develop and manage their strategic financial merchandising goals. Your planning team can identify opportunities to increase or decrease product category inventory investments according to trends, margin goals, and merchandise strategies from senior management. These merchandise financial plans and detailed Open-to-Buy (OTB) plans provide a critical road map for buying and managing inventory levels to drive profitability and maximize inventory turns for every channel of your business.

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  • Analyze past results and current strategic direction to construct your merchandise financial plan by channel with visibility to the top hierarchy levels.
  • Identify category opportunities to increase or decrease based on trend or forecast.
  • Model what-if scenarios and multiple versions to keep track of conservative or aggressive strategies to achieve your financial goals.
  • Connect your inventory planning to your sales goals by channel or at the total level for maximum flexibility and visibility to meet demand.

  • Incorporate markdowns and other reductions into your inventory and receipt plans.

  • Leverage built-in industry best practice key performance metrics to improve your inventory investment.

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  • Account for margin influencers like shrink, transfers, returns, and adjustments.

  • Make comprehensive plans for promotional and/or permanent markdowns.

  • Maintain constant visibility to each channel’s key margin metrics and at the total company to ensure your merchandise financial plans achieve profitability goals.

  • Robust plan seeding capabilities and seamless integration to in-season actualization to reduce the amount of manual data manipulation.

  • Enterprise approval capabilities to protect plans throughout the enterprise: multi-user; multi-manager; streamlined approval process.

  • Flexible in-season Open-to-Buy (OTB) planning to adjust to changing business needs.

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Why is MFP critical to your Bottom Line?

  • Centralized multidimensional database with a guided workflow to ensure standardized planning for the entire team.

  • A robust calculation engine provides the team with confidence, a single version of the truth, at any level by any channel or business. Use a top-down or bottom-up approach at any level of your merchandise hierarchy.

  • Seamless integration with actual updates and buy reconciliation to daVinci Buying and Assortment Planning to ensure adherence overall financial plan.

Learn how GUESS? Inc. increased profits and improved productivity by adopting daVinci as its buy management system.

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