🎓 Definition

The Merchandise Hierarchy is a reporting structure that enables Retailers to track and manage the Sales and performances of their products in an organized and structured way.

Merchandise Hierarchy can have multiple levels with the highest level providing an overall Retailer view and then narrowing down to Departments, Categories, and Sub-Categories of products.

🧪 Example of Merchandise Hierarchy Set-up

Typically, the number of product hierarchy levels is 4 or 5 levels. It will depend mainly on the size of the Retailer business, its format, and its assortment strategy.

Most of the Retailers split their Merchandise Hierarchy between Food and Non-Food

It is usually associated with an Identification code to allow a quick search for a specific Department, Category, or Sub-Category.

❓What is used for

Merchandise Hierarchy enables to:

  • Guarantee an easy choice for Customers.
  • To control and monitor Assortment by assigning a min and max number of Products by Merchandise Hierarchy level (One Product In - One Product Out).
  • Store Teams to display products in a logical pattern.
  • Analyze and monitor the Retailer KPIs such as Sales, Margin, Inventory
  • Understand quickly where the challenges, counter performances, or over performances are coming from and take fast decisions and set corrective action plans accordingly.
  • To ensure and monitor Category Strategy sets deliver the expected performances.
📅 Frequency

Reviewing yearly Merchandise Hierarchy is a common practice as New Categories, and Sub-Category might arise and need to be updated.

🎁 Take Aways

Having the correct Merchandise Structure set-up allows the Retailer and its Merchandise Team to have the right reading of their Category performances.  Linked with Customer Analytics Tools it will give another level of understanding to the Category Manager on how Customers perceive and interact with its Category(ies).

How is the Merchandise Hierarchy determined or decided upon by retailers?
The specific determination or decision-making process for the Merchandise Hierarchy often depends on various factors such as the size of the retailer's business, its format, and its assortment strategy. Retailers typically consider their product range, customer preferences, and sales data to establish the hierarchy levels that best fit their organizational needs and objectives.

What are the common challenges faced by retailers when implementing or managing a Merchandise Hierarchy?
Implementing and managing a Merchandise Hierarchy can present several challenges for retailers. Some common issues include maintaining consistency across all levels of the hierarchy, adapting to changes in product assortment or customer preferences, and ensuring accurate and timely updates to reflect the evolving nature of the retail environment. Additionally, balancing the assortment by assigning minimum and maximum numbers of products per hierarchy level can be challenging to optimize effectively.

How does integrating Customer Analytics Tools with Merchandise Hierarchy enhance the understanding of customer behavior and interaction with specific product categories?
Integrating Customer Analytics Tools with Merchandise Hierarchy provides retailers with a deeper insight into customer behavior and interaction patterns within specific product categories. By analyzing customer data alongside the structured hierarchy, retailers can identify trends, preferences, and purchasing habits more effectively. This integration enables Category Managers to make informed decisions, tailor assortment strategies, and optimize category performances based on a comprehensive understanding of how customers perceive and engage with various product categories.

🖥️ How can I visualize Merchandise Hierarchy in Ariane

Simply select the Filter Icon at the top of the page. Then a menu will appear on your screen. The Merchandising Hierarchy can be viewed in the Category tab.

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