How To Read A Price Tag

After the holiday season ended during my time at Sears NY, the merchandising manager approached me about switching from cashier to in-store signage associate. It paid 80 cents more per hour and didn't involve selling Sears cards. Jackpot. Store signage includes promotional signs and price tags. I'd come to the store early in the morning … Continue reading How To Read A Price Tag

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Homecoming

Today, I went to Sears NY for the first time in almost a decade. I wanted to use up whatever Shop Your Way Rewards points I had left before the store closed for good. A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that Sears' bras were always on clearance because even though Kohl's, Macy's and J.C. … Continue reading Homecoming

How To Use Coupons

The coupon is one of the all-time best marketing strategies. It brings customers into a store, attracts them to certain products, saves them some money, then inspires them to spend the money the coupon saved them (or more) on other merchandise. Customers feel like they got away with something. Everyone wins. That is, everyone wins … Continue reading How To Use Coupons

Identity Crisis, Part 3: The Two Faces of Sears

In Judann Pollack's AdAge article, "Dear Sears, It's Time To Hang Up Your Toughskins", she reminisces about Sears' halcyon days in the 1970s and suggests that the brand lost its relevance when the "Softer Side of Sears" ad campaign began. (Although she says it began in 1983, it was really 1993.) The "softer side" is … Continue reading Identity Crisis, Part 3: The Two Faces of Sears

Identity Crisis, Part 2: Macy’s Class Struggle

One of the best thing about working at Macy's was its flexibility. I could swap shifts or pick up extras through the internal website. The Handbags department always had open shifts. Fifteen minutes into my first experience there, I learned why. I'll call her Lana. She was the department manager. She was a tall, impeccably … Continue reading Identity Crisis, Part 2: Macy’s Class Struggle

The Department Store Identity Crisis, Part 1

Internet retailers are taking a significant amount of department stores' business, but that's not the whole story. Department stores need to take a hard look at themselves too.

What Makes Cashiers “Associates”

Thing is, store managers do not want their cashiers to stand behind the registers and wait for customers to come. Like everyone else, they want to get the most out of their minimum wage, so cashiers have additional duties which require leaving the register.

Training Videos: Our Forgotten Cultural Treasures

I love me some employee training videos. Not many things can manage to be boring, funny, surreal, informative and inaccurate all at the same time, but training videos pull it off every time. And time only increases these qualities.