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Services for retailers

Buying

The increasingly international offering retailers are expected to provide customers with counts among the many ways in which globalization has contributed to setting new standards in the retail industry. The time, financial commitment and Human Resources required to support teams of international buyers is immense.

In order to optimize productivity, it often does not make sense for buyers to travel to certain places at certain times of the year. Lambert + Associates offers our Retail Partners the option of a buying service through which our buyers make a selection and draft an order on our Partners behalf.

Core offering

  • Appointment scheduling
  • Attending and carrying out buying appointment
  • Working closely with partners and brands to drafting, review and finalize orders

Customers profile

  • Head of buying
  • General Merchandising Manager
  • Buyers
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Case Study: World Design Space, T Galleria by DFS

With nearly 160 million visitors per year, DFS is the world's leading luxury travel retailer. In 2017, DFS approached Lambert + Associates to put in place their multi-label buying and visual merchandising strategy for their concept store in the City of Dreams.

Sourcing

Today, retailers are faced with more and more challenges to stay competitive on a rapidly changing market. Despite the new considerations retailers are required to address, it remains true that the root of a retailer identity and strategy lies in the selection and curation of a coherent and competitive brand and product mix.

Lambert + Associates' team of high-end product experts and trend consultants has been helping retailers refine and perfect their approach to product curation. This service remains at the heart of our service offering for retailers.

Core offering

  • International sourcing
  • Seasonal product reports
  • Global Showroom database
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Buying
  • Conferences / Training sessions

Customers profile

  • President / CEO
  • General Merchandising Manager
  • Fashion director
  • Head of buying
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Case Study: A.K. Rikk's

A.K. Rikk’s decided to revamp its women’s department to align with new market opportunities and trends. The Michigan-based luxury retailer approached Lambert + Associates to develop and implement a strategy that would reposition the women’s department and strengthen its luxury product offering.

Market assistance

A principle factor in keeping stores productive and efficient is strategically maximizing the time spent planning and executing international buying trips. Lambert + Associates offers Market Assistance services to Retail partners that streamlines their processes and ultimately provides competitive advantage on a fast paced market.

Core offering

  • Appointment scheduling
  • Global Showroom Database
  • Buying trip optimization
  • Market accompaniment
  • Seasonal City Guides

Customers profile

  • President / CEO
  • General Merchandising Manager
  • Head of buying
  • Buyers

Digital consultancy

Entering the realm of digital is no longer optional for today's retailers. With limitless opportunities to boost business and recognition, digital strategy requires a critical understanding of the latest trends and solutions.

Our digital consultants, specialized in fashion and luxury, accompanie our Retail Partners in conceiving of and implementing digital strategies.

Core offering

  • E-commerce strategy
  • In-store digital experiences
  • Digital trends (conferences / training sessions)

Customers profile

  • CDO
  • Marketing manager
  • Communication manager
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Case Study: Crossing Over From Mass-Market to Luxury Retail

Our client is one of Britain's leading fashion retailers with 30% of the market share of the childrenswear segment in the UK. With eyes on the growing luxury childrenswear market, the retail group needed a unique brand and digital strategy to attract premium and luxury brands.

Photoshoot

The speed and ease with which customers can purchase and receive product remains a core component of the digital retail experience. Lambert + Associates keeps our Partners on the forefront of digital sales by supporting their capacity to offer pre-sales online.

Lambert + Associates coordinates photoshoots following buys during market to ensure the fastest possible turnaround of images for online pre-sales campaigns.

Core offering

  • Exclusivity with brands allowing photoshoots during the sales and buying season
  • Organization and oversight of photographers, staff and set

Customers profile

  • Digital / E-commerce Director
  • Digital VM team
  • Coordinator of digital sales

Export

The process from order placement to the reception of goods is laborious and complicated. A strong understanding of the complexities of order negotiation with vendors, international regulations and process management is something that should be leveraged to increase competitive advantage for Retailers.

Over the past 40 years, Lambert + Associates has established a strong and efficient operational service of supply chain consultants and export experts designed to oversee and manage this process from start to finish on behalf of our Retail Partners.

Core offering

  • Management of the process from purchase to delivery
  • Terms Negotiation with vendors
  • Order shipment coordination and follow up

Customers profile

  • Small, Medium and Large Retailers
  • Import offices

Private Label

Many retailers choose to capitalize on their established brand value by producing a private label. Private label sales have myriad strategic benefits for retailers, from strengthening brand identity to providing a generous sales margin.

Lambert + Associates has built an extensive network of exclusive high-end European workshops and manufacturers, and offers retailers guidance and accompaniment through the process of creating a luxury private label from sketches to delivery.

Main offers

  • Conception of Private Label Strategy
  • Conception of Private Label product offering
  • Accompaniment in selecting workshops
  • Guidance throughout the design process

Customers profile

  • Medium and Large retailers
  • Hotels

Insight conferences

Staying informed and updated on the challenges and solutions available on the rapidly changing retail market is the keystone to building strong corporate retail strategy.

Lambert + Associates offers opportunities for retailers to benefit from the full breadth of our expertise through conferences that can be adapted to large or small audiences.

Core offering

  • Retail Challenges and Innovation
  • Seasonal Trend Forecasting in:
    • Women's RTW and ACC
    • Men's RTW and ACC
    • Home and lifestyle

Customers profile

  • Small, Medium and Large Retailers
  • Management, Merchandising and Buying teams