I know EXACTLY what you are talking about, Cindy55!!! At Christmastime in Walmart, you are right...absolute insanity!! And hoo-boy! Don't ask to go into the extra trailers to look for any product!! I absolutely believe the scenario of the $29.99 item being left in the trailer and not selling any of the 140 of them!! You are bringing back memories of all the times I worked in my 5 Walmarts over 7 years!! Nutso at times!!!@cindy55 wrote:
It is the dept that is over the seasonal spot in the front of the store. Think Christmas gift items. A nightmare when the non qualified are promoted to this very high profile/ high profit area. They had people with 4 weeks employment at Walmart being made leads. Doomed to be overwhelmed, then quit in frustration. I had a major product line up there, so was in there weekly in and saw how insanely the store was being run. 7 trailers of Xmas in the back of. the store. 140 of a $29.99 item and not a single one on the floor. They took a custom freestanding 12 foot display of higher priced kids items off the sales floor the week BEFORE Christmas to put a bin of $2.99 balls in its place!. There were still hundreds of the display items in the trailers. No one wanted to dig in the trailers to get them. Merchandisers were not allowed in the trailers. The stuff was still selling well too. What a waste of potential sales.
No kidding. After resetting 6 suit walls this week and another 40 hours of merchandising shirts, ties, sport coats and dress pants in those same stores to be done this week I have been getting my share of resets this month.@cindy55 wrote:
The retail environment here has had so many budget cuts since last January, the stores are now using the merchandisers to the max.
Standing in line at Customer Service Desk?
I've always just stepped up to the end register and signed the log book. Rarely do I need to ask where it is, because I know where my stores keep them. Plus, I'm not there as a Customer, and i don't need service.
No one has ever looked sideways at me, and I do this in every store i service.
Saves huge on time spent...i too don't like hitting the high traffic hours. :-(
Amen on making friends! I even bring hard candy with me to give them a treat. My best friend in any store is the receiver! They know where my shippers are, a handy accessible place for my back stock. A good relationship with them and the POG/ Signing lead makes your life so much easier.
I'm beginning to wonder if managers in Wal-Mart are just an urban legend. 1 time out of 10 that I look for one am I actually successful. You can only wait for so long when you are on a set fee job. I am doing balloons in one Wal-Mart but I am about to drop it. No one, not the receiving manager or celebration manager, have any idea what happens to the boxes when they arrive. So I spend 10-20 minutes of my time walking to the back of the store and looking for it. Have yet to find one. Then I go all the way back to the front in the produce department where the helium tanks are, picking up limp balloons on the way. I usually have to move stuff to get to the tanks, find a ladder to get to my stock which is on the top shelf and I am vertically challenged. Quickly blow up a few new balloons, climb back up the ladder and then put it back where it came from. Then take a balloon laden buggy back out to the floor. My time given is 1 hour. Which I rarely can stay within. And then I get messages about how I need to but even more balloons out on the floor to increase sales. The only fun part is the smiles on peoples faces when you drag a cart with 20 or so bouncing balloons hanging off of it through wal-mart.
I'm beginning to wonder if managers in Wal-Mart are just an urban legend. 1 time out of 10 that I look for one am I actually successful. You can only wait for so long when you are on a set fee job.