MEGATHREAD 2018-2019 Store Modernization Megathread

[OPINION] How do you feel about these changes?

  • I like them.

  • I dislike them.


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band_rules16

Former Photo Great/Oh No I've Sold My Soul Again
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Yep, the call outs are definitely occurring more frequently. I picked up hours for tomorrow, and have been asked twice for other days this week (that were snapped up, but it worked out for my schedule too).
 
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That's because with the exception of the big areas like shoes and intimates, SL has ALWAYS handled its own sets. You're right though, SL is far more flexible in organization and yet at the same time we are being slammed with "DO IT TO VMG!!!!"
Which is so frustrating because our newest VMG only shows one store layout, which doesn’t match my store. So we’re supposed to reset an area with much less space than it calls for, and without half of the special fixtures (like the large white walls).

My leads are getting frustrated because it looks cramped, but that’s because the VMG wants us to set things vertically on white walls, but we have to spread them out onto convertibles and quads.

I really don’t understand the change to only showing one store format. It doesn’t streamline the process, it makes it where I have to invent the wheel every time we get new product because I have to figure out how to make it work “brand”-wise without having what the VMG says I should have 🙄
 

oath2order

Scary Socialist
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Did anyone at corporate think about the fact that those studies focused on people in offices? There's a huge fucking world of difference between "get the truck done" and "make sure you put the new cover sheet on the TPS reports". Office work is boring and non-engaging and there's tons of nonproductive distractions available to break up the monotony.
I think in average 8 hour shift of mine I would say that a good 6.5 is spent doing work. There is always something to do and I really find me the I screw around for like 5 minutes at a time.
 
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That's because with the exception of the big areas like shoes and intimates, SL has ALWAYS handled its own sets. You're right though, SL is far more flexible in organization and yet at the same time we are being slammed with "DO IT TO VMG!!!!"
At my store, believe it or not, a dedicated person from the plano team would set the softlines department, racks and all, up until several years ago! I remember our leads getting zero training for doing it, and everything looking like hell for a long time.
 
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To which I mostly blame the process and lack of hours. It's hard to motivate people to do 12 hours of work in just a 4 hour shift when they know the reward is just another 4 hour shift with the same expectations. You certainly don't get motivated when you ask for guidance and the response is "Figure it out".

Not only that but when Target expects prospective hires to have open availability but only gives them random mid-day shifts that are nearly impossible to schedule a second job around, the quality of those people are going to drop like a rock. The good ones are going to jump ship as soon as they find something more steady.
It's some of that, but it's also just the way the workforce is now days and the types of people applying for these kinds of jobs.
Most of my team spends an incredible amount of clocked in time on their social media accounts, and then gossiping with coworkers about those things.
We actually recently fired a lady for being in the bathroom on her phone for three straight hours. It was crazy.
 
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^ this. I am literally stunned with how much standing around talking the TMs at my store do. Softlines is, by far, the worst but then I see some people with the ear buds, actually having phone conversations while “working.” I don’t know if it’s because I’m older than most of my coworkers but geesh, you aren’t paid to stand around. Shoot the breeze for 5 minutes and then get to work!
 
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At my store, believe it or not, a dedicated person from the plano team would set the softlines department, racks and all, up until several years ago! I remember our leads getting zero training for doing it, and everything looking like hell for a long time.
Yes--at my store, we (POG team) handled most SL sets until about a yearish ago. I loved doing it, I was damn good at it, and I was seriously bummed when they end-to-ended that away from us.
 
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Price change is the special hell of being boring, but also incredibly stressful because no one understands how long it can take, and what the workload involves... and now instead of JUST doing price changes, you also have to set your POGs/VMGs, work all your freight, walk all your guests to the fitting room and write their names on a damn mirror, do all your backstock… and no one helps you, because our DTL believes in "zone area ownership instead of teamwork" (literally a quote.)
So, some weeks one TM will be buried into what's likely 100+ hours of workload or more, while the others superzone the jeans and chit chat.
And 20 of those 100+ hours of workload get siphoned off back up cashiering.

The thing about price change that only those who've done it understand is that each DPCI can be a single item or 300+ pieces scattered around the entire physical store - on the floor and in multiple backstock places. When your lead asks "So, how long do you think it'll take to get through that 1123 Intimates/Hosiery/Sleep price change?" You change the view to Dept and show him that it's actually 1705 DPCI's and you remind him of the many hours you and your coworkers spent backstocking all those socks and tights in December when the hours were plentiful. The only answer to the "How long will it take?" question that's truthful is, "I don't know." It's the same answer for "Where will it all go on the floor?"
 
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Worst part is all that’s going to happen is an STL is going to get bitched at, who’s going to bitch to his ETLs, who will then do the same to the TLs...
This. If I had a dollar for every time I've heard "accountability" since last April, I could take a decent vacation, if not a wee paid LoA (especially if I added dollars for every time a guest let me have it for the fact we were short-staffed up front). Yet, the people who came up with this brilliant idea don't want to be held accountable for the fact it does not work.
 

can't touch this

Store Meme Leader
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well this lady was upset on target community Facebook page .. wow no pictures with team members ??



Well damn I have to say that at least the first pic she has a point, those chep pallets are completely wrong and shouldn’t be parked in the fucking main aisle like that. The rest of the pics, they can’t say shit because the stuff is mostly on uboats like they wanted.
 

Asuras

Food Service Team Lead
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Been on Modernization Since last Spring. Today I got an email saying we are going back to calling Leaders, Executive Team Lead (ETL) and Leads, Team leads again. All other titles remain the same, including Store Director. I'm sure it was already mentioned but I thought it was amusing.
 
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Okay, so I’m working at a low volume store & we are about to enter modernization next month. I am “captain” for electronics so what will happen to me? I’m getting mixed response from my leaders. Some are saying I will get a raise & be equivalent to GSA with a “lead” job title but some are saying that’s untrue. Can anyone confirm what’s happening with me?
 
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Okay, so I’m working at a low volume store & we are about to enter modernization next month. I am “captain” for electronics so what will happen to me? I’m getting mixed response from my leaders. Some are saying I will get a raise & be equivalent to GSA with a “lead” job title but some are saying that’s untrue. Can anyone confirm what’s happening with me?
Gsa don’t get an increase anymore. They make the same as a cashier.
 
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How do you all deal with the towering uboats during unload? They are designed for what 40 boxes max? You get a big truck and run out of the proper uboats. The execs and everyone is shitting themselves saying "how bad" the sort and stock is. Umm no we do not have enough equipment to accomodate a 2500 piece trailer. Dumbasses. Do not even get me started on the cluster fuck of transition they send.
 
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How do you all deal with the towering uboats during unload? They are designed for what 40 boxes max? You get a big truck and run out of the proper uboats. The execs and everyone is shitting themselves saying "how bad" the sort and stock is. Umm no we do not have enough equipment to accomodate a 2500 piece trailer. Dumbasses. Do not even get me started on the cluster fuck of transition they send.
Some of the truck unload team pushes. Take u-boat, replace it with empty one, push product, swap for one that now has product on it, etc, until the unload is done.
 
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