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I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.

 
besensible
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02/03/2013 07:53 AM
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I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Fire Away.
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02/03/2013 07:59 AM

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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
What if anything are people buying?
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02/03/2013 08:02 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Grey Aliens: where are they from?
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
People are buying only what they need to survive. Nothing extra, or very little. Business SPIKES at the first of the month,using their governemnet subsidies, lasts for 4-5 days , then we are in survival mode, like the consumer.
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Grey Aliens are from the dairy case at Safeway.
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02/03/2013 08:21 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Are you still making a profit?

Have they dropped your performance targets?
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02/03/2013 08:36 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
We are profitable. Expense control however is becoming more and more the emphasis. Less PAyroll ,floor care, supplies...
Also company is gearing business towards the government subsidy folks.
1.5% increase in sales is the companies' target. Problem is, business is trending DOWN recently say, since the oliday anyway.
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02/03/2013 08:39 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Do you put cameras into the female bathrooms?/

If you wished to do that, what or whom could possible stop you?
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02/03/2013 08:55 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Unfortunately, cameras everywhere except the bathrooms. Cmon now silly boy.
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02/03/2013 08:56 AM

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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
well when a person can go online and buy shit cheaper...


autozone/oreilys fuel injectors $70 for one.

Online $26 - $35

Shit is way over priced at retail stores.
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02/03/2013 09:01 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
I do most of my buying online.
Amazons goal is to oust Brick and Mortar.
They are off to a good start.
By the way, you all I am sure have seen the news about Best Buy, Barnes and Noble...
Well mark my words, Best Buy will be online ONLY within 5 years MAX, Barnes and Noble will do it before then. KMART and Sears will be GONE within that same time frame. That is Right... GONE.
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02/03/2013 09:08 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Business only appears to be up at my big box because we have an extra week in our fiscal year. That's it. Factor in that most people will lose a whole paycheck this year due to SS tax increases. Retail is set to take a massive hit. Ripple effect incoming...

And yes, I'm a big box retail executive.
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02/03/2013 09:12 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Do you sell food too, or just hardgoods?

On your hardgoods only lines are people buying "house equiping" items again (home sales are up, or so they say) or are they just buying basics like clothing etc.?

If hardgoods are down is any category down particularly bad?
besensible (OP)
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02/03/2013 09:24 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Both Food and Hard Goods.
Basics are selling, frilly items are not.
Water and Food sell.
At the first of the month it all sells.
After that nothing sells.
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02/03/2013 09:25 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Big box is such a stupid name, no wonder you are taking a bath
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02/03/2013 09:31 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Unfortunately, cameras everywhere except the bathrooms.
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So when people try on clothes in the dressing room, they're on camera?
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02/03/2013 09:31 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Is your store's shrink going up considerably over the past few years? And is upper management actually aware of the trends in motion? Or do they just keep upping your store quota regardless of deteriorating economic conditions? Do they tell you this is just a blip, that things are bound to improve?
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02/03/2013 09:32 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Why did you start this thread?

What do you really want us to ask?
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02/03/2013 09:32 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
I didnt name it Big Box.
A side comment. I am constantly AMAZED at our older customers say like 60-80. They are all WELL aware of what is going on and MANY and I mean MANY are secretly prepping. Water, Guns, Food, Ammo. Dead serious.
besensible (OP)
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02/03/2013 09:35 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
I started this thread because I am Pissed off at the media, govt complex that is reporting such great numbers, Stock Market rising ... what a joke. It will take only 1 major calamity to wipe out this country. War 7.00 fuel, inflation. We are heading toward disaster. Very Close.
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02/03/2013 09:37 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Our company is quite realistic in goal setting and forecasting. SHRINK is out of control. Nearly doubling in the last round of physical inventories. Thats the last 12 months.
Emphasis is on that and Safety(lawsuits...)
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02/03/2013 09:37 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Are online sales compensating for the lack of in store sales?
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02/03/2013 09:38 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
No cameras in potties or Dressing Rooms. Sorry.
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Are you fat?
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02/03/2013 09:40 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
A question for the anonymous Retail Big Box executive.
Are you seeing the first of the month business as we are.
And the HUGE dip after that?
And on the plus side are you seeing stability in your employment as we are?
besensible (OP)
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02/03/2013 09:42 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
No I am not fat. And Online sales are not offsetting B and M dip.
besensible (OP)
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02/03/2013 09:48 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Mainly a suburban strip center environment. 10 days to empty our store.
And yes, your uncle probably shops here.
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02/03/2013 09:50 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
Thanks for the pin.
I am so tired of hearing our President.
What an Anti-American agenda he has. This country in the shitter. People are SO buffaloed drinking the Kool-Aid. And as each of you know , the 47% will pay dearly in the long run.BIG
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02/03/2013 09:53 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
At the first of the month you might say our clientele changes DRAMATICALLY. Therefore, no I do not wish to install cameras in the bathrooms.
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02/03/2013 09:55 AM
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
how many people do you fire every month for stealing ?
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Re: I have been a retail manager and am a Retail BIGBOX manager and I can tell you business SUCKS!! Ask me a question.
A question for the anonymous Retail Big Box executive.
Are you seeing the first of the month business as we are.
And the HUGE dip after that?
And on the plus side are you seeing stability in your employment as we are?
 Quoting: besensible 14214035


Yes. We have specifically positioned ourselves to gain that slice of the business pie by letting the EBT users know exactly what they can purchase in our stores.

Food, HBA and clothing basics are business drivers.

As far as stability... Our employees usually have 2nd jobs and they have been aware of the reduction in hrs from those jobs due to Healthcare act changes. Everyone shows up to work, cross trains, and finds ways to pick up hrs here and there.

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