- Anything that impacts the future inventory position. Examples are, placing a buy, cancelling a purchase order (PO) or moving the delivery date for a PO.
Choice Count (aka CC)
- A customer's unique style-color choice (e.g., Blue Crew Neck vs. Red Crew Neck) agnostic of sizing
Continuity Product (aka Key Item)
- Basic products that are sold year after year with little variation. These are often managed automatically, with little intervention from the buyer. T-shirts, socks, etc. are good example of these. Many buying platforms will have a key item management capability to manage these.
- Start / end dates for each delivery. This should be captured along with the range plan, so that the relevant parties know when the products will be hitting the store.
- When a particular product will be hitting the stores.
- Some brands deliver all the SKUs in one go but other brands can deliver 10 SKUs in with drop 1, 10 SKUs with drop 2, etc.
- The last day a product is available for ordering (or for sale). This is particularly relevant for continuity products that are sold year after year. If you want to terminate that product, you place an end date so that the system stops ordering it.
- Products that are more appropriate for a limited time-frame or season. Fashion items are most often seasonal products.
Market Week / Buy Week
- It is the time-frame during which brands (or suppliers) open up their showrooms for retailers to visit and place orders.
Keying an Order
- Once a brand gets an order from a retailer, the order is keyed in once the brand confirms and puts that order in their systems
Raising an Order
- Retailer sending an order to the brand
SMU - Special Make Up
- If a product was a continuity and if it’s being deprecated then, they could have a special order for another retailer
- Key item is a term that is used interchangeably with continuity products.
Available To Sell (ATS)
- Number of items available at hand to sell.
Available To Ship (ATS)
- When brands have products in their warehouses that are available to ship to retailers immediately. This is more important within in-season planning, where retailers could request more products if they are selling out.
- Measured in days. This tells you the number of days of sales you would be able to support with the inventory at hand. Ideally cover level should be low enough to reduce your inventory cost and high enough to protect you from disruptions in your suppliers.
- Minimum order quantity. The brand wouldn’t make an SMU if that MOQ is not met.
- Any retailer activity that will increase or decrease sales, hence change inventory position (e.g. markdowns, marketing, reallocation, etc.).