20+ years experience in the import/export freight and purchasing industry. Have worked in Purchasing Management and with Freight Clearance procedures since 1986. Beginning as a buyer with Wang's International, Inc. and quickly advancing to Senior Buyer. Currently working at Federal Express as an International Document Agent. Work closely with Customs Officials to facilitate the proper documentation and clearance of international goods. Proficient with Customs'(CBP)export computer system as well as Microsoft Office Programs.
International Document Agent11/2008 to Current Federal Express – Memphis, TN Ensure the clearance of import/export freight to be in compliance with current requirements of U.S. Customs and Border Protection(CBP). Analyze and reconcile freight documents in order to file in a timely manner. Maintain and update flight route dates and customer records. Communicate with both internal and external Brokers. Inform Customers and/or Customer Service of Custom seizures and advise freight status. Extensive knowledge of customs' export clearance system.
Territory Merchandise Manager11/1999 to 03/2011 Hallmark Cards, Inc. – Memphis, TN Recruited, trained and supervised the daily activities of 18 retail merchandisers in 11 Wal-Mart Stores. Generated and monitored store and merchandiser hourly, travel and service budgets. Achieved the top sales for the Southern region for 6 years while managing the highest volume stores' inventories and budgets. Supervised daily maintenance of greeting card departments as well as seasonal change-outs and plan-o-grams. Organized a team of 10 - 20 merchandisers to install new stores and complete re-models.
Senior Buyer05/1986 to 04/1999 Wang's International Inc. – Memphis, TN Supervised 4 buyers with daily purchasing functions. Responsible for forecasting and sales analysis of inventory in excess of $30M and over 20,000 skus. Developed and monitored department budgets with open to buy plans and sales forecasts. Prepared and coordinated necessary documents for import of International Goods including purchase orders, Letters of Credit, proper duties and tariffs required by customs. Traveled extensively both International and Domestic, to source new product, secure competitive pricing as well as inspect product quality.
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