Bloomingdale's Merchant Internship Program

What is a Buyer?

A buyer is a person employed to select and purchase stock or materials for a large retail or manufacturing business.


  • Bloomingdale's was founded by brothers Joseph and Lyman G. Bloomingdale in 1861.
  • The business was started by selling hoop skirts.
  • In 1872, the first store was opened in New York City.
  • In 1949, Macy's Inc. merged with Bloomingdales, making it one of the top luxury department stores.
Bloomingdales' Competitors: Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and Neiman Marcus

Why bloomingdale's?


  • 870 stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico
  • Fiscal sales of $27.1 billion

"Giving back to our communities is always in fashion."

  • More than $27 million was contributed to approximately 5,200 nonprofit organizations in 2015.
  • Associates gave more than 168,000 hours to community service.
  • Company supports United Way, Bag Hunger, Earning for Learning, and more.
"At Bloomingdale’s, we are committed to encouraging an inclusive environment by celebrating and embracing the individuality of our associates and customers. We hold in the highest regard our people’s diversity in thought, openness and background."
  • 75% of workforce consists of women
  • 59% of workforce is represented by ethnic minorities
"This is a very stable company. Many people have worked here for a very long time. I've learned a lot about styling for a department store. I love the diversity and it's the people and creativity that makes my job meaningful."
At bloomingdale's, employees have a passion for business and a compassion for each other. this is what makes the company "like no other store in the world."
Created By
Madison Vittorio


Created with images by m01229 - "Bloomingdales NYC" • Julie_Crawford - "Bloomingdales, Soho, NYC" • JeepersMedia - "Nordstrom" • Nicholas Eckhart - "Saks Fifth Avenue" • JeepersMedia - "Lord & Taylor"

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