Project Description

Development of comprehensive training plans, curriculum, and materials to support implementation of new merchandise financial planning processes and system.

The Client

One of the world’s largest privately held specialty retailers, operating over 1,600 stores under multiple banners, brands and store formats.

The Challenge

The client had recently selected a new, integrated merchandise financial planning (MFP) solution to transform its existing business processes and ultimately provide one version of the truth to leverage across the organization.  As part of its implementation initiative with Parker Avery, the client needed a comprehensive training program and training support to prepare for a domestic and international implementation.

The Parker Avery Solution

The Parker Avery Group provided training development and merchandise financial planning expertise to ensure a smooth transition to the client’s redesigned MFP process and new application. Key activities included:

  • Working with the client’s training and change management committee to define course content, formats and delivery timing
  • Developing classroom-training presentations that included business process overviews, system screenshots, software usage and business process steps for executing pre-season and in-season merchandise financial planning
  • Developing classroom training activity scripts for use in conducting hands-on classroom activities during training for business users

The Result

As a result of the project, the client was able to successfully train their planning and finance teams on the new MFP solution. Additionally, The Parker Avery Group provided the client with post-training “lessons learned” to incorporate into future training sessions.

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