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Putting my persuasive skills to use for rehiring - advice?

I want to return to a retail job I resigned from last December. A few complicated layers. Snowflake deets hiding under the fold! [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Aug 22, 2014 - 26 answers

Time to get a new job pt. 2

I know exactly what I want out of work, and it is this: working on creative projects to make something useful (and also cool) as part of a team. And also money. Not tons, but enough to get by. I have a BA, but nearly all my work experience to date has been in low/no-skill labor. How do I bootstrap myself into a new career and what should I even be looking at? [more inside]
posted by zchyrs on Jul 30, 2014 - 6 answers

How Do I Deal With a Distracting Employee in Retail?

I have recently been hired as a product development manager in a new boutique retail chain. Another manager-level employee was hired around the same time as I was, and so far has been challenging to work with. Seeking advice on best practices before this turns into a Pamplona Bull Run on the floor. [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Jul 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Articles/research on employee satisfaction, turnover, etc. in retail

I'm creating a proposal as an exercise to increase the retail employees at my place of employment a significant amount in two years. This would bring them in line with higher paying retailers such as CostCo and Container Store. Please link me articles, employee surveys or research studies that support higher wages/benefits for retail employees related to employee satisfaction, decreased turnover, increased engagement and other similar metrics.
posted by OnTheLastCastle on Jul 15, 2014 - 2 answers

Why do so many retail stores, bars and restaurants play Brazilian music?

Aside from the fact that the music is quite enjoyable, why the over-representation? Can anyone shed light on this perception / observation? I notice that many retail stores, bars, restaurants/coffee shops, etc. play Brazilian music to a disproportionate level as compared to music from other places. [more inside]
posted by LittleFuzzy on Jun 24, 2014 - 13 answers

I'm here to buy shoes; I don't need the extended powertrain warranty

Where (if anywhere) can I go in Manhattan to browse a reasonably large selection of high-quality men's dress shoes and try them on in different sizes without needing to deal with any salespeople? A warehouse with a bench would be fine. I am a guy with large but not gargantuan feet if that matters. Thanks.
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Jun 21, 2014 - 8 answers

I need to be better at customer service

If you're stuck working retail, how do you deal with the worst in people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2014 - 37 answers

Standard Cloth supplier/others supplied?

Among the in-house brands at Urban Outfitters, I've found that "Standard Cloth" routinely puts out the kind of simple, low-key garments I actually want to buy. Is there any way to find out (or does someone know off hand) whether this creator or house does stuff for other shops under other names, or whether they have their own storefront somewhere under another name?
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Mar 12, 2014 - 2 answers

The Pen is Mightier than the...Rage-Quit?

For a number of reasons, my work environment has become particularly stressful, to the point where it has visibly impacted my well-being. Do I quit, or stay and defend myself? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Feb 24, 2014 - 24 answers

Help me name a record store

I need to name a music store. It'll be a very small shop -- 400 sf -- and will deal in new and used vinyl. Your suggestions are appreciated.
posted by dobbs on Feb 2, 2014 - 57 answers

Ohhh, a gift card, you shouldn't have... really.

I received a gift card to a major retail store for Christmas from a family member. I am extremely grateful for the gift, but would prefer not to shop at this particular store for ethical reasons. What are your experiences with "gift card exchange" web sites?
posted by mrrisotto on Jan 2, 2014 - 16 answers

Economics 101: How to read national accounts

I'm trying to reconcile two numbers from the same national statistical agency. I'm looking for a dummy's guide for what defines the difference between the two numbers and how to use one to estimate the other. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Oct 22, 2013 - 6 answers

help me navigate the world of retail/hospitality part-time jobs

I need a part-time job to make some sort of income while I'm completing a post-bacc. I am okay with mindless jobs because my classes exhaust my brain enough. I am trying to decide between the hospitality industry vs retail. Share your knowledge so that I can have a better grasp on the pros/cons of each. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Sep 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Buying online and shipping O/S. UK -> Aus

How do I purchase this cooker in England and get it shipped to Australia? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Sep 19, 2013 - 7 answers

My boyfriend calls off work a lot.

I am partly worried about my boyfriend's job, partly frustrated with his priorities, and on the way to getting very angry. [more inside]
posted by Rach3l on Sep 12, 2013 - 47 answers

A directionless 20-something, how original.

I need help figuring out the next step to take in my life. [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Aug 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Where can I find very low cut socks?

I am having a lot of trouble finding super low cut socks - socks that are not visible when wearing low profile sneakers like Van's. Are there any websites or stores in Manhattan that carry them?
posted by helios410 on Aug 11, 2013 - 14 answers

You take a picture of it, you buy it. How is this sort of rule enforced?

I visited a hip re-thrift/retro collectables shop in Chicago (not naming names) that had signs posted around the store claiming "you take photo = you buy" indicating that if a customer photographs an item they are obligated to purchase it. I understand how the "you break it, you bought it" policy works, but how exactly would this "no photography" policy be enforced? The items are not copyrighted as they are second-hand, and the customer has not stolen/damaged the property by photographing it, so I am assuming they couldn't get law enforcement involved. They certainly can't legally detain a customer either and I doubt they would jeopardize their safety to try. I am under the assumption that all they can do is ask the customer to leave and then deny them entry later. Any ideas? I am super curious!
posted by Young Kullervo on Jul 23, 2013 - 18 answers

Why is there a rack of really old greeting cards at the conveniencstore?

The newsstand / convenience store in my office building has a half-empty rack of really old greeting cards. Is there a business reason why these cards are taking up prime retail space in the store? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Jul 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Corporate information database

My friend is looking for a resource that will identify by states buyer contact information for large retail companies. She is a "key account representative" for a national company with a presence in half of the states in the US, and wants to find information regarding buyers for large national retailers. Years ago there was publication called "Contact Influential" that supplied this sort of info. I'm marginally familiar with Hoover's, and believe it is along these lines. Does the hive have any other suggestions?
posted by ecollie on Jul 10, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I take my super small retail business online?

I sell Mexican arts and crafts, alpaca, shell jewelry, hand painted shell bobble heads, all made by indigenous people in Mexico (I'm a Mexican american immigrant, and I import a small amount of crafts every year), I'd like to use facebook, or a website, or internet to sell my jewelry to a wider audience, but I'm a very beginner and need ideas and guidance. So far I have just been doing craft shows for many years, but I'd like to make more money hopefully enough to live off of.
posted by kikithekat on Jun 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Letter to praise good customer service?

I'm looking for a form letter that I can use to send to managers of shops when I've been provided with good customer service. Ideally, I'm looking for something that I can just edit the small details of, like the individual's name, what they did that warranted the letter, etc. Also, if you were a shop worker's manager, what would you really like to know/read in this kind of letter?
posted by Solomon on May 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Is this a scam? What's the angle here?

Something fishy is going on in my store, but I can't wrap my head around it. Why would a customer buy/return around $25,000 worth of merchandise over the course of a few months? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on May 1, 2013 - 108 answers

Thriving as a small brick and mortar/e-commerce B2C retailer?

How can a small (3-5 employees) brick and mortar/e-commerce B2C retailer survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive market (outdoors/sports products) when it cannot compete on price? Any good examples of small companies doing just that? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Can grocery re-stocking enter a positive feedback loop?

I buy more of a product that is often out of stock. If others do this, won't that tend to make stock fluctuate more? Do retail inventory systems try to damp this effect? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Apr 10, 2013 - 7 answers

The Art of Departure Or, How to Quit My Job.

I'm moving from one retail job to another. Which is easy, except for the mild emotional entanglement. How do I pull my hand out of the tiger's mouth? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Apr 3, 2013 - 27 answers

How to market an independent bookstore to local businesses

I'm looking for some ways to get the local lunch crowd into our bookstore, which sells used books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and books on tape/CD; a small number of new books; kids' gifts; and other gift items/stationery/cards. Many of our customers don't have much to spend (which works out because our books are priced very low), but nearby is a law firm, a couple of big corporations' local offices, a bank, etc. I don' t know if the employees even know we exist. Any ideas on how to get them in here to pick up a birthday card or used CD or small gift for a friend? We're located in the downtown area of a medium-sized city. There are very few places to shop in the downtown business area.
posted by trillian on Mar 29, 2013 - 21 answers

Your tracing paper is in another castle

I work in an art supply store. People ask for rolls of tracing paper very frequently, and I'm curious as to what they need them for. [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Mar 11, 2013 - 35 answers

Please help me plot my escape from Retail!

I need help focusing my job search, finding something decent with a degree but very little relevant work experience, and keeping from getting too discouraged in the process. [more inside]
posted by seraph9 on Feb 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Do small retailers use head hunters?

I was wondering how small retailers (think of a mom and pop sized clothing boutique in a high-end shopping district.) find store managers and associates. I know that the small retailer can post an ad on craigslist or in the local paper, but will they ever use the services of a local recruiter? More broadly, can anyone explain the economics of becoming a “head hunter”, whether for a low paying retail position, a typical corporate middle management position, or for an executive position?
posted by otto42 on Jan 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Freelance marketing from another city

I'd like references and information for how a marketing consultant can leverage his location in a big city to help small retailers who are trying to enter the market. [more inside]
posted by drea on Jan 14, 2013 - 0 answers

Two Shell stations across the street from each other. Why?

In my town, there's a Shell station on one corner of the intersection. On another corner of the same intersection, another Shell. There're also two Woolworths right across the street from each other, and two Pizza Huts. Why? Does anyone out there have any idea? I mean, any ACTUAL idea, not just supposition? Maybe someone who works in marketing, or urban planning? Also, are there any resources I could read that explain these kinds of business decisions? I've looked online and can't find any information. Thanks very much.
posted by staggering termagant on Jan 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Need to find a store in the US to buy a netbook.

Where is the best brick and mortar store to buy a Windows netbook in the US? [more inside]
posted by jim.christian on Dec 26, 2012 - 8 answers

We're trying to start a vintage clothing business! How do we source the best clothing at the best prices?

How do I source reasonable to high quality vintage clothing at low prices [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Nov 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Eternal Clearance Sale of the Spotless Suburban Strip-Mall

Please satisfy my curiosity re: The Never-Ending Clearance Sale Event. [more inside]
posted by trunk muffins on Nov 2, 2012 - 10 answers

return policies

how common or uncommon is it for shops/companies to prohibit individuals from making returns? [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Oct 23, 2012 - 21 answers

Subscription Services for Daily/Weekly Presents by Mail

What are some fun things I could have delivered by mail that will satisfy my urge to have a package waiting for me when I get home? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Oct 22, 2012 - 33 answers

And I always thought the customers were the problem...

Help me cope with retail hell. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country on Oct 21, 2012 - 15 answers

Retailer Makeover Needed

A friend owns a children's boutique in NYC. She recently confessed that business has been tanking. She overbuys, she doesn't do any sort of inventory management, she has no online presence (apart from a neglected Facebook page). What advice would you give her?
posted by lgandme0717 on Oct 20, 2012 - 18 answers

I have material needs

What stores in the Seattle region are like TAP Plastics but for other materials? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Oct 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Which Department Store Clothing Sections Sell the Most Over the Holidays?

My girlfriend has applied for work as a sales associate at two upscale New York City department stores and has been offered a variety of clothing departments to work in at both. She wants to work through the holiday season and to earn as much as she can in that period via commission. Assuming that all departments offer the same rate of commission, can anyone advise us as to which departments would have the highest sales in Oct/Nov/Dec? Or point us to any internet resources with such info? I've been unable to dig up any on my own. Thanks!
posted by laswingkid on Oct 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Please help me find a boilerplate terms and conditions statement for my new retail website

Please help me find a boilerplate terms and conditions statement for my new retail website. I am begining a retail web venture and need some terms and conditions verbage. Boilerplate will do. Can someone point the way today?
posted by citybuddha on Sep 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Special order web app ideas?

I'm looking for a web (or desktop at a push) app that will help me track customer special orders. [more inside]
posted by dance on Sep 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Which stores have trademark smells?

Which chains have trademark smells? [more inside]
posted by mikesch on Sep 14, 2012 - 56 answers

To retail or not to retail?

Retail me, or retail me not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Leaving the nest ASAP

How do I get a retail/ food service job ASAP without prior experience? (Limit: 2 weeks) [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Sep 11, 2012 - 12 answers

resume gap vs retail?

Which would look better: a four year post-grad gap on my resume, or having worked those four years in a supermarket? Also, ideas for picking up relevant experience? [more inside]
posted by seraph9 on Aug 20, 2012 - 13 answers

I'd really like to like this job

I have a job that I like (or at least I like sometimes) with a boss who alternately micromanages and is totally hands-off. Morale at the store is really low, particularly lately, as we've had several big tasks to juggle. I need advice on how to deal with it. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Harry Potter and the Puppet of Sock on Aug 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Accounting for Pennies

At some stores (the convenience store around the corner), the price I pay always comes out to a round(ish) number. Either ending in a 5 or a zero. So that the change I am given won't have any pennies in it. This is convenient for me and the person behind the register. At other stores, there seems to be little interest in getting those round prices. A purchase is just as likely to end in .68 as .50. Why does the consideration of coins influence the pricing of some stores and not others?
posted by Jagz-Mario on Jul 30, 2012 - 15 answers

Designing product numbering and barcode systems

Assume I'm starting an e-commerce selling (retail, brand-y stuff) sports apparel and equipment. How should I design the product numbering and barcode system if I want to manage products, shipments, inventory, and warehouse locations? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jul 20, 2012 - 7 answers

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