Apparel Purchasing Intern

Narragansett, United States

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Warm Winds Surf Co. started as a small backyard surfboard brand back in 1973 in RI and has evolved into a one-stop shop for surfers and ocean lovers in the Northeast. With over 600 boards in stock all the time, a full wetsuit inventory, and all of the biggest clothing lines in the surf industry - Warm Winds has become a staple East Coast surf shop. 

Warm Winds is currently looking for a Purchasing Intern for the Spring semester at URI to assist our buyers. We are looking for a self-motivated individual who is passionate about the ocean and interested in the surfing lifestyle. 


Learning Objectives / Challenges / Responsibilities

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  • Understand style preferences and buying behaviors of our target customer groups

  • Learn how purchases are tracked at the supplier and category levels

  • Become and demonstrate proficiency with our back end ERP

    • Assure data structure consistency, accuracy and completeness

    • Use reporting tools to aid in forecasting and performance evaluations relative to learned function

  • Use a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to forecast open to buy dollars (OTB) per supplier and category

  • Attend trade shows to view apparel lines

  • Meet key industry personnel and sales representatives

  • Conduct self in professional manner at all times while acting on behalf of Warm Winds

  • Plan product assortments and allocate OTB dollars

  • Plan ship dates accordingly to avoid receipt pileups, excessive spikes in cash requirements etc.

  • Discuss terms of purchase orders

    • Invoice dating

    • Standard discounts

    • Freight allowances

    • Growth incentives

  • Reconcile supplier acknowledgements with our own to mitigate likelihood of post ship-date problems - e.g. Receipt of unordered product, skewed size runs, unapproved product substitutions, incorrect billing and or shipping terms etc.

  • Evaluate current inventory positions and sell thru performance of previously ordered SKU’s and work with suppliers to obtain Return to Vendor Authorizations (RTV / RMA / RA)


Here are a few totally awesome things about interning at Warm Winds

Flex Schedule

We understand school is priority #1. We'll work with you to build a schedule that works

Save on commute

The city can offer valuable experience based programs; so can Narragansett

Discount Programs

Brand-name discounts on in-store products

Rub Elbows

Meet and network with key industry personnel and sales representatives

Prime Location

Warm Winds is located in the heart of the beautiful Narragansett Pier, just a short walk from the beach

Build Your Resume

Enhance your resume with valuable, real world experience

Sport Activity

During tail end months of the academic year, we've got everything in line for you to try surfing

Relaxed Atmosphere

While we take our business seriously, our work environment tends to be very laid back


Find out what we're looking for

  • Major focus in TMD

  • Retail experience preferred

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (proficiency in Excel is a MUST)

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated analytical skills

  • Demonstrated a strong proficiency in mathematical / quantitative analysis

  • Ability to perform under pressure, prioritizes competing tasks, and schedules time wisely

  • Must be willing to travel up to 30 miles to attend local regional trade shows

  • Internship coordinator approval