I can’t think of a title.
Tomorrow is inventory.
I am tired. I am brain fogged.
Tomorrow is inventory. I have a lot of thoughts on this, but I’ll try to stick with the positive ones.
One of the ASMs has been moving stuff around in the stockroom. Toys has already been put in the trailer (“might as well go ahead and do it now instead of here in a couple of weeks.” he says.), office supplies now lives where toys usually lives. Today, I saw him moving small appliances around.
The stock room is emptier than I have seen it in ages. And not just because last year was the “great overhaul” of how tasks are supposed to be done (who’s supposed to run stuff, how the DMs are supposed to do things) as well as not just because last year was utter shit with the beginning stages of Covid19 and losing approximately half our staff.
There’s a new program for how our overstocked merchandise is supposed to be, and it’s slowly helping us keep a better run on what we actually have in the store. Great for us, great for customers, great for people who check the website. There’s still a few things that are wrong (…lots of things, but it’s getting better), like today: the system said I had 0 of these newborn boots and I had 3.
For us, we’ve spent the last week getting help from employees from other stores (mostly because of inventory coming up) and it has been a godsend. I have not seen my area this clean or empty in ages. (honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this empty). Actual overstock is on the shelves or on the racks, there’s a pallet with part of a shelf on it because we really don’t know where to put it. The top shelves are completely empty, overstock cases are on the second-to-top shelf, clearly labeled.
Sure, our shelves are packed currently, but it’s actual overstock and we can walk down the aisles. The aisles aren’t stuffed with pallets. I don’t have to listen to “oh we’ll get to it later” over and over again like it isn’t a big deal.
It won’t last, but oh man was it glorious to see
We’ve been having a lot of storms–it’s hurricane season where we live so it’s not like this is out of the norm. A few days ago, one of the storms caused the power to go out at the house while we were at work. Didn’t think anything of it.
The best we can figure is that caused the outside hvac unit to freak out and we didn’t really notice until later when it started getting pretty warm in the house (Jamie noticed because he is heat sensitive). Troubleshooted the best we could, did everything we’ve done before to get it to kick back and nothing.
Thankfully, we know someone who knows how to work on these things without killing the unit or electrocuting themselves (they are licensed). And, even better, they are only going to charge us for parts. But, for the most part, I just hope he can stop by and at least look at the system and see what needs to be done instead of photos back and forth and phone calls.