I have been MSing for a while and am interested in merchandising. I have done a few where you count cookies or take pictures of items. Most of the ones I see consist of talking to a manger about restocking or ask you to restock the item. How does this work? Is it common that non employees like us do this...just walk up to a manger and ask them to reorder an item? Or that we go in the back and get items to restock?
How does this work? Is it common that non employees like us do this...just walk up to a manger and ask them to reorder an item? Or that we go in the back and get items to restock?
Yes, outside merchandisers come in to do this every day. Generally, you sign in on the vendor logbook at customer service. Proceed to your section and check for needed stock. You then go to the stockroom and find a stocker to help you "pull" your inventory (scan it out of the stock bins so the computer knows it's out on the shelf). They will need the SKU # (Called a DCPI # @ Target) to do this. If you don't have this number, grab one of each item from the shelf before you go back.
Target and Walmart prefer you use a stock cart from the back to move product to the floor. Grocery stores usually have you grab a shopping cart. After placing your product and facing it (turn the labels to the front and pull all stock to the front edge of the shelf) you usually must take pictures, then return the cart you used, and sign out of the logbook.
If you are working at Walmart you must always have your vendor badge on PLUS a WM temp badge (either a paper sticker type or an employee badge that has "vendor" as the name). They won't allow back room access or pictures without these. Target is more leinient. Other stores vary.
Most merch companies hire W2 regular employees. They will train you and provide a badge. If you do IC work through an app instead, you can use the digital badge they provide at most places, but you may wish to print it anyway to appear more professional and save hassle. For WM locations you MUST have a physical badge.
edit: sleep-deprived spelling
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/24/2018 09:21AM by stormraven73.
Call it some free advice, try to work directly for the company (i.e Hasbro, Nintendo, as example) since the usually pay better than the 3rd party guys. As I've learned from experience the 3rd party guys lose contracts, its a lot rarer for the companies that make the stuff to lose a contract without it being headline news.