Laure Gold

Summary

Inventory Management specialist with purchasing, marketing and entrepreneurial background; extensive knowledge of purchasing and order management programs in apparel, food service and computer wholesale distribution at the corporate level. Strengths include evaluating business challenges and creating solutions via development of process improvements in line with company growth strategy. Actively contribute to a successful team environment and mentor and train associates in systems and procedures.

Work History

Work History
Apr 2007 - Present

inventory manager

lucy activewear

Women’s apparel company with 65+ retails outletsand web store with revenue of $15M; a subsidiary of VF Corporation

Inventory Reconciliation - Coordinate bi-annual inventories of entire stock. Recently completed process involved over 166,000 pieces in the distribution center and 22,000 pieces in the web fulfillment center with a less than 1% variance

Cycle counting - Design and implement counting procedures daily in web fulfillment and weekly in distribution center; research discrepancies and adjust at SKU level

Purchasing – Maintain inventory and purchase supplies needed shipping and receiving warehouse operations

Warehouse Layout - Configure warehouse based on best location for product groups to enhance efficiency in picking, put-away and inventory control

Receiving - Develop and maintain guidelines for proper warehouse receiving procedures

Vendor Compliance - Track POs to determine if vendors are meeting requirements and review receiving documents for accuracy

Data Integrity - Gather and analyze operations metrics for budgeting in warehouses, merchandise and planning

Operations - Cross-training with Operations and Fulfillment Managers as primary backup manager

Supervise staff in Data Integrity and Inventory Control, with dotted-line management to 25 warehouse employees

Process Improvements implemented: Warehouse slotting, Vendor compliance reporting, Production metrics analysis, Receiving controls, Cycle count systems, Associate training, Troubleshooting system issues, Coordinating Return-to-Vendor with merchandising department

Sep 1998 - Dec 2006

Owner

Four Paws Sake Pet Care Service

Start up company – sole proprietor of an in-your-home pet sitting service

Sales – Revenue at $50K annually. Obtained new clients and maintained repeat customer base in a defined territory

Customer Service - Ensured dependability, trustworthiness and efficiency for all clients

Marketing - Created print collateral (logo, fliers, newsletters) and tag line “For your pet’s sake, Call Four Paws Sake"

Operations - Cared for clients’ pets in their homes based on specific instructions for short and long term assignments

Personnel - Hired and trained assistant pet sitters and set individual schedules

Accounting - Maintained sales data, invoicing, accounts payable, and receivable using QuickBooks

Liability - Carried insurance and wrote and enforced customer contracts

Pricing - Developed market sensitive pricing levels for type of service and customer requirement

Sep 1998 - Dec 2006

Owner

Four Paws Sake

Start up company – sole proprietor of an in-your-home pet sitting service

Sales – Revenue at $50K annually. Obtained new clients and maintained repeat customer base in a defined territory

Customer Service - Ensured dependability, trustworthiness and efficiency for all clients

Marketing - Created print collateral (logo, fliers, newsletters) and tag line “For your pet’s sake, Call Four Paws Sake”

Operations - Cared for clients’ pets in their homes based on specific instructions for short and long term assignments

Personnel - Hired and trained assistant pet sitters and set individual schedules

Accounting - Maintained sales data, invoicing, accounts payable, and receivable using QuickBooks

Liability - Carried insurance and wrote and enforced customer contracts

Pricing - Developed market sensitive pricing levels for type of service and customer requirement

Nov 1995 - Aug 1998

Sr. Product Manager

Tech Data Corp

Tech Data is the second largest computer wholesale distributor in world-wide sales

Purchasing - Just-in-time stocking levels, drop ship orders and major buy-inventories as dictated by sales trends; maintained stock at 7 warehouse facilities nationwide

Internal Customer Service - Facilitated marketing programs for company sales staff via floor days, spiffs and training

External Marketing - Developed reseller (end-user) programs by collaborating with MarCom and vendor reps

Collateral - Approved copy for print ads in industry publications and catalogs and chose logo specialty items

Pricing - Evaluated and maintained pricing and profit margin at the product line or individual item level

Product types - Modems, PDAs routers, NICs, servers and connectors

Vendors - 3Com, Palm Pilot, US Robotics, Cabletron, Digital

Revenue - $30MM per quarter in sales and inventory levels

Awards - Exceptional Achievement Award for productivity and growth of product line

Jul 1990 - Nov 1995

Purchasing Manager

Fast food wholesale distributor, a subsidiary of Cargill, Inc in Minneapolis, MN

Purchasing - Developed buying programs for full-line fast food items for KFC and Church’s franchise operations

Pricing - Set pricing based on product type and customer specifications

Product lines - Fresh and frozen foods, packaging, dry goods, cleaning supplies, proprietary items

Manager - Supervised staff of three junior buyers responsible for different product sets

Sales - Worked with customer service representatives on sales levels and stocking issues

Logistics - Coordinated incoming TL and LTL deliveries with receiving personnel

Warehouse - Developed systems to ensure proper rotation of shelf-life sensitive products

Inventory Control - Supervised counting teams on monthly and quarterly inventory reconciliations

Franchisees - Assisted KFC store owners with promotional items and traveled to annual conventions

Certifications - Cargill Quality Program

Education

Education