Pinder’s work designing and implementing an end-to-end assortment review process and training curriculum for a multi-billion dollar home improvement retailer, involving category strategy and localized assortment planning, helped reduce costs and inventory, and increase top line sales.
Pinder taught buyers and planners inside a leading department store chain new techniques for assessing assortments using analytic tools, and co-designed a new leading practice planning tool with a third party system developer as part of a merchandise planning process redesign. He has also led inventory management assessments, supply chain strategy development and productivity improvement programs.
Pinder earned a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The new consumerism is precipitating the breakneck speed of change both in the physical and digital marketplace. The ability of the marketplace to adapt and react to unprecedented change will be a key differentiator in the competition for consumer spending in the immediate future. During this session, Steve Pinder will share expertise in this realm based on his professional experiences in transforming retail and consumer goods businesses from supply chain to merchandise planning to assortment processes. Participants will hear the specific actions retailers and consumer package goods companies need to take in the next 5 to 10 years in the area of data collection, customer experience, delivery and operations to ensure they can adapt and provide solutions to the consumer of the future and remain competitive.