Payton Herwig

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Minor/option/emphasis: AMD-Product Development and Sourcing
Company/Organization: Kohl's
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Destination: Menomonee Falls/WI
Timeframe: Summer
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I was a merchandise analyst intern in the Women's National Branded Bottoms buying office. Each day I came in and looked at our offices and the company's sales from the previous day. We looked over store inventory reports and I shadowed my office's merchandise analyst while he allocated product to stores. I attended vendor meetings, pricing strategy meetings and marketing meetings. I also completed 2 projects and presented our offices best selling pieces during the summer.


I think my greatest accomplishment was my strategy project that I completed at the end of the summer. I was assigned one of the brands my office worked with, and had to come up with strategies to improve seasonal bottom selling for next spring/summer (2020). I met with our vendors for that brand and many other offices to complete this project. I presented to my entire buying office and upper level management. They liked my project and started implementing some of my strategies before I left.

What advice would you give?

Believe in yourself and your ideas. You're a fresh set of eyes on this industry and you can really make things happen by speaking up. Be confident in what you know but also be willing to learn as much as you can.

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