Mark Gangler

Mark Gangler

Category Manager

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Category Manager – Marketplace
Best Buy, Richfield MN ? December 2014 – Present
Responsible for assortment and sales performance of Computing, Cell Phones, Tablets, Toys, Games and Refurbished Marketplace Categories
? Drove 20% year over year growth within managed categories over valuable Q3 time period.
? Consistently delivering 150% year over year comparable sales within refurbished categories.
? Monitored Google Trends and site traffic to ensure a profitable and relevant assortment.
? Expanded out Toy category on Marketplace while working on expanding out the Games category to bring profitable and relevant product to Best Buy.
? Partnered with web teams to build and improve the best customer experience.
? Signed on several new marketplace sellers to fill out assortment needs and drive additional sales.
? Built strong relationships with Best Buy Merchants to ensure marketplace strategies align with the core best buy assortments.

Sr. Account Specialist – Marketplace
Best Buy, Richfield MN ? June 2014 – December 2014
Partnered with Marketplace Sellers to maximize their sales potential and customer experience
? Drove commissions audit project to identify and correct seller commissions
? Developed reporting and pulled together “Seller Performance Dashboard” that tracks various metrics for the internal team and is shared with sellers weekly.
? Managed the Cell Phones and Tablets categories for Marketplace

Category Analyst – Non Owned Inventory
Best Buy, Richfield MN ? June 2012 – June 2014
Managed the online expanded assortment for the Printers, Scanners and Office Supplies categories utilizing the Supplier Direct Fulfillment (Dropship) and Marketplace capabilities, while assisting in managing the Non Owned Inventory assortment for the Desktops, Notebooks and Ink/Toner categories in partnership with the Category Manager
? Negotiated, planned and executed online promotions in collaboration with vendor partners
? Collected and tracked monthly vendor support to ensure profitable business margin
? Monitored and adjusted pricing on the assortment to ensure profitability and competiveness in the market
? Negotiated and executed cost changes with vendor partners
? Managed and ran weekly sales reports to monitor and react to sales trends
? Ensured categories are hitting financial goals and take appropriate action if they are not
? Sent out weekly sales recaps for the expanded assortment of Printers and Scanners to the organization
? Found and signed new Supplier Direct Fulfillment vendors to Annual Program Agreements
? Negotiated terms for new Annual Vendor Agreements with new Supplier Direct Fulfillment vendors as well as negotiated and renewed yearly programs for existing vendors
? Found and signed new Marketplace sellers while negotiating commission rates and fees on new contracts
? Managed Customer Availability Rates to ensure a quality site experience for our customers
? Worked with Supplier Direct Fulfillment vendors and Marketplace sellers to expand and optimize their assortments
? Managed Customer Availability Rates to ensure a quality site experience for our customers
? Partnered with the Order Management Team to monitor SDF vendor performance and work with low scoring vendors to improve their performance
Inventory Analyst – Gander Direct, Hardlines
Gander Mountain, St. Paul MN ? August 2010 – June 2012
Managed inventory of over 12,000 SKU’s across 40 departments and 6 divisions for and the Gander Mountain Catalog
? Created assortment management tool in Excel that pulled together five different reports from four different reporting systems across the company
? Analyzed weekly sales and created a weekly summary for Inventory Manager, Category Manager (buyers) and our Director
? Created sales forecasts for over 36 yearly advertisements (inserts & direct mail)
? Created and updated inventory level forecasts that went out 12 months in the future
? Partnered with 525 different vendors
? Forecasted and secured inventory for four yearly catalogs
? Analyzed sales and inventory weekly to create replenishment orders in order to maintain a 96% instock goal for the website
? Partnered with the store teams to create imported orders for owned brand product
? Requested inventory from the store team on products that were warehoused in our distribution center

Merchandising Assistant – Hunting Division
Gander Mountain, St. Paul MN ? March 2008 – August 2010
? Provided merchandising support for inventory management team and initiated proactive ways to improve efficiency
? Monitored and solved out of stock or low stock issues
? Allocated warehouse inventory to stores
? Monitored key items and ensured that they were in stock
? Managed the inventory for two departments
? Worked directly with store managers and solved inventory/product related issues

Merchandising Assistant – Children’s Division
Macy’s North, Minneapolis, MN ? September 2006 – March 2008
? Provided merchandising support for buying and planning teams while initiating proactive ways to improve efficiency
? Compiled and reported daily financials for the merchandising team
? Partnered with buyers and vendors to create and transmit electronic purchase orders
? Lead division through advertising captainship. Partnered with internal support to respond to stores’ questions/concerns regarding merchandise as well as communicated essential information
? Executed sales events through programming promotional product to their sale prices as well as creating signs to communicate a clear and accurate message to our customer
? Partnered with accounts payable to process vendor margin allowances
? Analyzed business performance through utilization of various reporting programs