Nicole Kraus

Nicole Kraus

Retail Expert
Location: New York NY
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY • 3 Years Buying Experience • 15 Years Retail Experience • Opened 5 New Retail Locations • Manage Over 100 Vendor Accounts • Involved In Special Event Projects • Luxury Retail Experience EXPERIENCE Operations Fine Jewelry September 2012 – December 2013 Tiffany and Company, New York, NY • Assisting all sales professionals and management team to fulfill a luxurious experience. Resulting in building long lasting relationships with clients. • Responsible to deliver merchandise within departments valued at 10 million dollars. • Transferring merchandise within departments while insuring all transfer procedures have been met. • Involvement with daily and monthly sales goals to assist sales professionals. • Knowledge of each department’s merchandise as well as the history of the company. Involvement in special events such as Tiffany Blue Book Ball and Blue Book events. • Awarded recognition for excellent customer satisfaction a total of three times. Senior Assistant Buyer June 2009 – June 2012 Jacks Surf and Sport Inc, Huntington Beach, CA • Worked closely with owners for effective at once buying at market. Responsible for resolving all order or vendor issues as well monitor open to buy, mark ups or mark downs. • First assistant buyer to all buying departments; men’s, women’s, children, baby, accessories, handbags, intimates, beauty, footwear and hard goods. • Effectively manage over 100 vendor accounts grossing over $20 million dollars in sales on a seasonal basis. Consult vendors regarding strategic sales statistics to expand vendor growth resulting in a 20% increase in sales of same store items. Create strong long lasting vendor relationships within the market. • Successfully manage purchasing of 5 additional retail locations based on current market trends and consumer demands. • Analyze current sales margin statistics to ensure the greatest leverage in profit margin negotiations resulting in up to 80% profit margin and favorable terms. • Analyze US Open event consumer demand to maximize potential sales resulting in revenue increase. • Create and manage an average of 200 purchase orders a day. Monitor shipping and receiving through purchase order authorization, while following up to ensure fulfillment. Associate Coordinator November 2008 – April 2009 Calvin Klein (M Group) Independent Showroom, Los Angeles, CA • Collaborating with showroom manager to manage the Jessica Simpson, Calvin Klein, Guess, Elie Tahari, and Michael Kors product lines. • Schedule appointments with new potential buyers to view merchandise resulting in new business. • Check in seasonal product lines and label merchandise. Package and present sample books to potential buyers. Retail Manager / Assistant Buyer March 2003 – October 2008 Endless Summer, Huntington Beach, CA • Manage store merchandising and develop relationships with customers. • Stay on top of market trends, as well as changes in consumer demands. • Strategically plan, manage and control product markups. • Set up new items in the merchandise database and monitor inventory. • Seek new product through creative methods of sourcing to anticipate pre-trend buying. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION • Education: Manhattan Community College 4.0 GPA • Interests: Art History, Fashion, Shopping, Children • Philanthropy: Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, Power Play Charity of New York, St. Thomas Church of New York • Technical Skills: Windows, Word, Excel Modeling, Outlook, Adobe Photoshop, Retail Pro Software, FIT Retail Math Course, Strong Analytical Skills.

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