Merchandising Jobs

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Merchandising jobs fall under a wide umbrella of production, distribution, marketing, and retail positions. Any role that ties into the handling of merchandise, irrespective of its form, may be chalked up under the merchandising jobs heading. This includes assembly line jobs, packing plant operations, delivery duties, and of course the "point of sale" responsibilities.

It's this final category that most people envision when they hear the word merchandising. These jobs are, to many folks, interchangeable with retail jobs, which isn't an unfair assessment. A more accurate picture, however, has merchandising jobs including retail sales jobs among its subsets. The inventory manager for a retail chain may see him or herself as a merchandising worker but not a retail clerk.

The Availability of Merchandising Jobs

Merchandising jobs are open to those with little or no formal training or experience, but these are, naturally, entry-level positions. Those with business, marketing, or advertising degrees may qualify for more corporate jobs with well-known retailers. Working in this capacity may involve the generation and analysis of market trend reports, demographic breakdowns, distribution charts, and financials, just to name a few everyday responsibilities.

If you never received a degree in any of these related fields, you might find more lucrative merchandising jobs in the sales force. Salespeople, more than anyone, deal day to day with products in a hands-on manner. A good salesperson will bring to the table charm, intellect, conviction, and the power of persuasion.


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