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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

Business Plan help! Inventory pricing woes.

I'm working on a business plan to open a specialty food store. Everything was going great until trying to price out the start up inventory. [more inside]
posted by ilikefood on Jun 27, 2012 - 6 answers

You know, like Netflix....

I am looking for a shopping cart solution that specializes in subscription based sales. I have a small product that comes in several "flavors" that I would like to ship to each customer's house every month. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2012 - 3 answers

What job do these skills imply to you?

[Career Change Filter] My friend is getting out of retail after 10+ years and has no idea what's next. What jobs do his strengths imply to you? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jun 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Only qualified for retail jobs...how do I break away?

How do you branch away from a retail career when that's all you're qualified for? How do you cultivate the passion/resolve to find something better? [more inside]
posted by stubbehtail on Jun 3, 2012 - 9 answers

What trendy women's shoes are cozy through a long day of retail?

Help me find some wide, stylish shoes that won't have my feet in agony after long days of retail! [more inside]
posted by araisingirl on May 18, 2012 - 22 answers

POS for a housewares retail outlet

Best POS/inventory management for a shop selling a mixture of unbarcoded and barcoded items (i.e. some loose stuff) and wishing to monitor stock levels, produce meaningful reports. Can't decide between Mac/Windows/Cloud... [more inside]
posted by dance on May 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Looking for a POS for a small retail store

I'm working on opening a retail store. I've done some research on the different POS software systems available, but I want to know what works in the real world. [more inside]
posted by toddst on Apr 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Good place to announce large collection of DVDs for sale?

My Toronto-based shop has just received a huge collection of art house, cult, foreign, Criterion, out of print etc. DVDs. For obvious reasons I'd like to turn these over as quickly as possible. I posted to our web site and Craigslist to announce the titles, but what other online places do DVD people gather where I could post this news without it being considered spam? Thank you.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Mar 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Hired but no hours?

I have a couple of friends who were hired at retail and fast food places but have never been put on the actual schedule, even after months go by and they follow up with the manager. Is this an employers way of laying someone off? What is the purpose of hiring someone if you don't put them on the schedule? Any ideas about how my friends can advocate for more hours? Thanks so much!
posted by tessalations999 on Mar 29, 2012 - 13 answers

What sorts of retail stores do you view as healthy and not on a path of decay wrought by the internet?

What sorts of retail stores do you view as healthy and not on a path of decay wrought by the internet? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Mar 26, 2012 - 40 answers

Grant me the Serenity...

I've had a pre-order with a major UK online retailer for a limited run collectable ornament for a couple of months now, but the 'Due for release' date has been pushed back three times now, allegedly down to manufacturer delivery issues. That wouldn't normally be a problem... but the same online retailer has exactly the same item (and it's only made by one manufacturer) listed again elsewhere as 'In Stock' - but at more than a 50% markup (£130 as opposed to the pre-order price of £80). Are they doing anything legally wrong here (in UK law), as opposed to just deeply immoral?
posted by timpollard on Mar 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Thank You For Shopping Here Your Business Is Appreciated

What can you tell me about those red signs that say Thank You For Shopping Here Your Business Is Appreciated? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Mar 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Hey! That's my guitar!

I'm pretty sure I've found a guitar that was stolen from me at a music store franchise near me. They open in two hours. Any tips on how to handle this? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Feb 23, 2012 - 34 answers

Need a Chicago Brick and Mortar Store with Obama Merchandise

Obama SWAG in Chicago---where can I get some fast and in person? Leaving for Ethiopia in a matter of days and I've received a request from someone there for anything "Obama"...t-shirt, pins, posters, etc. But I don't have much time and anything ordered from the campaign store online will not arrive in time (they don't have an option for faster shipping.) Are there any brick and mortar stores in Chicago where I can pick something up?
posted by jeanmari on Feb 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Exchanging a pair of pants

Mail order question: Better to call or to send an email? [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 on Jan 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Be my high school guidance counselor: what career should I choose?

What are some jobs that are task-oriented but will still make use of my creativity and university education? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Dec 29, 2011 - 3 answers

what full-time jobs, other than retail, can i find?

i didn't go to college. what full-time jobs, other than retail, can i find? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Dec 21, 2011 - 38 answers

Non-amazon online stores?

What online retailers should I use to purchase gifts for my relatives in other states, now that I'm aware of how Amazon treats its warehouse employees and do not wish to purchase anything from them until they improve the working conditions and increase their wages? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Retail Workout

Are there any simple things I can do to burn off a few extra calories/tone up some muscles during my downtime at work without looking ridiculous? [more inside]
posted by kittenmarlowe on Oct 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Can't we all just get along?

Difficult Boss Filter: How do I deal with my smack-talkin', super negative boss? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Sep 28, 2011 - 10 answers

I'm looking for an anti-customer service job.

I'm looking for an anti-customer service job. [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Sep 28, 2011 - 60 answers

What are some tips for adjusting to a new retail job physically?

My new retail job is killing me physically. I've been working here for about four weeks, and I thought my body would have begun to adjust to the routine by now, but instead it seems to get worse every shift I work. What are some tips for adjusting? [more inside]
posted by kittenmarlowe on Sep 8, 2011 - 27 answers

If I try out and / or break an item in a store in the UK, am I in any way legally obliged to buy it?

If I try out and / or break an item in a store in the UK, am I in any way legally obliged to buy it? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Sep 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Which retail store near me (e.g. Best Buy) is the biggest?

There are 4 Whole Foods / Best Buy / Retail X stores near me. How can I find out which one is the biggest? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Aug 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Who eats a price drop regarding retail stock?

Game console price drops! What happens regarding the stock retailers already have on hand? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Aug 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Online Music Retail

Where do you purchase your online music? I've been using Amazon since they sell MP3s without DRM. I'm not a fan of the software the provide though.
posted by zzazazz on Jul 8, 2011 - 24 answers

Optimal step order for setting up a retail shop

I'm putting together a business plan to open a brick-and-mortar retail shop and know, in general, everything that needs to be done, but I can't find information anywhere that suggests the optimal *order* things should be done in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2011 - 6 answers

I'd like a free sample of awesome!

What are some places that send awesome free samples or subscription goods for small amounts of money and don't spam you to death? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Jun 19, 2011 - 6 answers

I don't want to go home but I can't stay here

What retail skills translate to other industries? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2011 - 4 answers

If only the pants fit as well as the sticker in the window.

How does merchandising (if that's the right term) work in brand-name chain stores, given the infinite permutations in store layout? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 13, 2011 - 8 answers

OMG, We're Going to Be on Oprah! Crap. What do we do now?

What do we need to do to prepare for and take fullest advantage of an upcoming magazine article that's going to feature our small, family-owned retail business? [more inside]
posted by webhund on May 20, 2011 - 11 answers

How to catch/deter retail store thieves?

What measures can I take to prevent retail store thieves from getting away in their unmarked vehicles (i.e., temporarily moved license plates). [more inside]
posted by steampowered on May 13, 2011 - 23 answers

Supermarket Marketing Theory Question

Why aren't supermarkets as uniformly branded as drugstores? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii on May 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Labor of love, or profit?

How do independent used stores price things? Particularly, video games? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Apr 2, 2011 - 6 answers

What is the name of the industry / sector that designs retail store layouts etc. in order to encourage impulse buying and maximise profits?

What is the name of the industry / sector that designs retail store layouts etc. in order to encourage impulse buying and maximise profits?
posted by FuckingAwesome on Mar 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Potential hostile interviewer

Should I even go to this job interview? [more inside]
posted by mornie_alantie on Mar 8, 2011 - 19 answers

How do I return this item and be a good citizen in the process?

I bought a "new" comforter at Target that is really a used Bed, Bath, and Beyond comforter. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by sarahnade on Feb 21, 2011 - 14 answers

Where to buy Pellon Peltex #70 in Manhattan?

My wife is working on a bead project and needs to procure a yard of white pellon peltex 70 ultra-firm stabilizer. She would like to get it from a brick-and-mortar retailer in New York City. [more inside]
posted by Joey Bagels on Feb 15, 2011 - 6 answers

where can I buy PowerUp Rewards PRO "online"?

where can I buy PowerUp Rewards PRO online? [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi on Feb 4, 2011 - 0 answers

Charge me!

If I refused to give the retailer my drivers license when making a purchase with my discover card, what would happen? [more inside]
posted by TLCplz on Jan 30, 2011 - 17 answers

How can I talk to my dad about his spending addiction?

How can I talk to my dad about his spending addiction? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Jan 25, 2011 - 18 answers

Is having a full-time job while attending college a good thing?

Hired in 2 years ago as part-time help, promoted to key-holder, and now offered to opportunity to go higher up. Is a job promotion and the increased pay that comes with it worth delaying the amount of time it takes to complete post-secondary education? Really making money and going to school, are they compatible/desirable? How would taking a salaried job affect financial aid available to me? [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin on Jan 23, 2011 - 17 answers

Surely the economy isn't this terrible!

Pardon my naiveté, but what's the best way to go about job searching for an entry-level/retail job for a person who doesn't have a degree beyond high school? They never taught me this in school. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Jan 21, 2011 - 24 answers

Looking for UK Online Laptop Vendors

I'm looking to buy a sub-£500 laptop in the UK online. I've checked out Amazon, Dixons and Currys. Dixons seems to have a good range of solid models & features vs. price point. Although, I can't get any manufacturer's guarantee (a.k.a. warranty) information from them. Can anyone recommend any other reputable vendors?
posted by RockCorpse on Jan 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Why are these books so cheap?

Why are these used books on Amazon so cheap? [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Jan 1, 2011 - 20 answers

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