Cheryl Kowalski

Work History

Work History
Mar 2009 - Aug 2009

field merchandiser

Sawyer Nursery
Nov 2008 - Feb 2009

sales consultant

La-z-boy furniture galleries

Determining the wants and needs of clients by asking questions and listening. Creating floor plans to visualize rooms and sugest merchandise to accomadate client and bring higher ticket sales. Handling payments, arranging delivery options and set up, handling customer concerns or complaints. Generate out of the box techniques to bring clients in and suggest referrals. Coordinating fabrics and styles .

Jun 2008 - Oct 2008

Visual lead merchandiser

Ashley furniture

Receiving all truck shipments, reporting and investigating shortages, damages to keep inventory in take and avoid shrink. Creating high impact display presentations to encourage sales raising tickets values. Assisting sales to help customers in their buying decisions or product information. Generating all tickets to properly price merchandise and keep up with price changes including discontinued merchandise to keep floor fresh.  Communication with all management levels on sales history and with buyers to suggest merchandise for showroom. Creating computer generated pictures to assist team on product knowledge.

Mar 2008 - May 2008


Walter E. Smithe

Receiving daily trucks monitoring inventory. Reponsible for aged inventory reports and creating daily tags to keep merchandise up to date .  Immediate tagging to move merchandise out of the warehouse and encourage sales. Creating  impact displays generating sales by 25% for designers to sell from.  Constant communicating with warehouse for all floor moves and follow-up plans.Finding inventory loss saving computer over 25% revenue.

Jan 2000 - Apr 2008

Group Display Manager/Merchandiser Mulitple locations

Wickes Furniture

Overseeing multiple showrooms. Responsible for daily floor merchandise implementation, receiving, tagging, all displays to generate sales (increases of over 30% consistently) inventory shrink finding losses saving the company over $15,000 quarterly.  Weekly budgets to keep company standards. Reporting directly to Regional Manager on sales, merchandise flow, damages and upholding visual standards. Constant communication with all levels of management staff on stores concerns.  Training staff, assistants on procedures.Working daily with warehouse on all floor moves and follow-up. Assisting sales team to encourage sales and raise tickets. Coordinating floor packages suggesting options.

Jul 1990 - Nov 1999

Visual Coordinator/Assistant Buyer

La-z-boy furniture galleries

Responsible for all 14 locations in Chicago. Creating all floor plans and merchandise implementation. Establishing vendor contacts and maintaining relationships. Negotiating terms, shipping distribution,receiving all accessories. Creating sku numbers and margins. Establishing and maintaining budgets. Creating tags and involved in aged inventory for stock turnover to keep floor fresh and sales up. Working with all warehouse on floor moves and merchandise building.Scheduling moves and staff.  Working with designer on all sales merchandise, and floor plans. Communcication with all levels of management staff. Attending Market shows to meet with vendors and go over sales history of all merchandise. Creating floor packages to increase sales over 50%. Working with inventory to move out of warehouse.  Established a catalog for all merchandise and placement.Arranging exhibit shows to inform all sales staff and build vendor relationships.


Aug 1997 - Apr 1999


Harrington Institute of Design