Category or classification buying: A practice whereby a chain store buyer located in a central buying office is usually assigned to purchase only a specific category or classification of merchandise instead of buying all categories carried in a single department.
Chain Organizations: A group of 12 or more centrally owned stores. Each handles somewhat similar goods that are merchandised and controlled from a central headquarters office.
Chargebacks: Financial penalties imposed on manufacturers by retailers.
Classic: A style or design that satisfies a basic need and remains in general fashion acceptance for an extended period of time.
collection: A term used in the United States and Europe for an expensive line.
Commissionaire: An independent retailer's service organization usually located in the major city of a foreign market area. It is roughly the foreign market area. It is roughly the foreign equivalent of an American resident buying office.
Computer-Aided Design: A computer program that allows designers to manipulate their designs easily.
Computer-Aided Manufacturing: Stand alone computerized manufacturing equipment, including computerized sewing, pattern making, and cutting machines.
Computer-Integrated Manufacturing: Many computers within a manufacturing company are linked from the design through the production stages.
Consignment Selling: A manufacturer places merchandise in a retail store for resale but permits any unsold portion to be returned to the wholesale source by a specific date.