MEGATHREAD 2018-2019 Store Modernization Megathread

[OPINION] How do you feel about these changes?

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busyzoningtoys

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Sr TL is no more. All TLs will be given keys with no increase in pay. Closing lead is the new position. Many stores currently over headcount for ETLs now. Logistics/ Backroom/ POG/ PC teams are all gone. Now every area owns all processes within their area 100%. All leaders besides opener and closer are mid.
On the contrary, all TLs are going to be paygrade 45, which may result in an increase in pay. With or without keys.
 
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On the contrary, all TLs are going to be paygrade 45, which may result in an increase in pay. With or without keys.
You are correct about the paygrades. Only 35 and 45 for non exempt. However, I was told all TLs will have keys. Could be only in our area.
 

busyzoningtoys

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Feels like if all this is the case, they’re trying to please the ones saying ‘if you’re going to expect ETL level work out of me where’s my ETL level pay and perks’. I mean, our best TMs under the new op model should be operating at a level TLs could get by with a couple years ago. They’re getting that hefty pay bump. Perhaps this is ours.
Was told by my Stl team leader will be eligible for non cycle raises and year end bonuses like etls.
My STL did tell me he ‘heard some exciting good things regarding pay for team leads’... ETL then admitted I might not be wrong about the paygrade thing, and STL chimed in ‘yeah there’s some other cool stuff coming for you guys on that note’.
 
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I can't tell if I'm happy to be leaving just as this rolls out, I kinda want to see how all the leadership changes play out.

While no word from my store yet, we do have a TL meeting next week. Anybody got word on GSA? I can't imagine they're dumb enough to take that away.
 

gsa4lyfe

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So, what are the TMs currently assigned as GSAs supposed to move to?
The direction is every cashier should be able to function without a gsa. Every cashier will be able to do their own overrides. Open/close the registers and make sure they take their breaks on time. I’ve heard a lot of stores are gaining a gstl but the idea of someone standing up front open-close and answering blinkers is going away. Not sure the ultimate details yet but during the reviews you’re supposed to communicate to the cashiers these changes and if they can’t handle it they can’t be a cashier anymore. Also pog hours will be dissolved by June. VMs will no longer set VMGs and go back to more a leadership follow up role.
 
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The direction is every cashier should be able to function without a gsa. Every cashier will be able to do their own overrides. Open/close the registers and make sure they take their breaks on time. I’ve heard a lot of stores are gaining a gstl but the idea of someone standing up front open-close and answering blinkers is going away. Not sure the ultimate details yet but during the reviews you’re supposed to communicate to the cashiers these changes and if they can’t handle it they can’t be a cashier anymore. Also pog hours will be dissolved by June. VMs will no longer set VMGs and go back to more a leadership follow up role.
Lol what about all the cashiers that put their blinkers on for that $1 price discrepancy 🤣
 
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So if GSA goes away and TLs work primarily mids, who is opening and closing the registers? And who is in charge of the front end when there isn't a GSTL on duty?
I'm in a district that endured the pilot, and while GSA/SEA has yet to go away, I'm suddenly getting a lot of shifts where I come in an hour before open, push/zone Bullseye, then migrate to GS for the rest of my shift. (I log onto SCO for whoever the opener is, too. I'm walking right by it; that's a no-brainer.) Then, I cover the GSTL's breaks/meals (during which a GS-trained cashier covers me). I wonder if that will transition to coming in to open the registers, go to GS until (insert time here) cover breaks/meals, etc., then something similar for a closing cashier. Having someone with numbers over there also eliminates a lot of calling the GSTLs over. (Of course, it's a fair guess that ASANTS will inevitably come into play here, especially since that was still a position during the pilot.)
 

gsa4lyfe

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So if GSA goes away and TLs work primarily mids, who is opening and closing the registers? And who is in charge of the front end when there isn't a GSTL on duty?
Again not certain about details yet but The cashiers should be able to bank the lanes with the new process so I’d assume the opening cashier banks them the hops on register.
 
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Who banks and closes the Electronics and the other non check lane registers?
Hmm. I haven't seen anything, but I love a good speculation. I don't want to give away too much about closing/banking procedures because we don't know who's looking, but GS could easily close themselves. Same with Pharmacy. (I think Pharmacy is already ASANTS with this.) Electronics would be a smidge different, but an Electronics TM is certainly capable of it.
 

PassinTime

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Again not certain about details yet but The cashiers should be able to bank the lanes with the new process so I’d assume the opening cashier banks them the hops on register.
That means giving them access to the banking funds for 20 lanes? If cashiers are going to essentially be almost a GSTL, better get to that $15/hr now because $12 or $13 isn't going to cut it.
 

Bullseye01

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From what I gather about thus new modernization, I think there will be some issues at first and hopefully they will be ironed out over time. I also think that a lot of TM's will quit because they will be over stressed....we shall see. I was handed a card today that laid out the expectations of what a typical day would be like.

For example: (1) Come in and go directly to the area you own. Make sure it's ready to be stocked with a strong zone/guest ready.

(2) Walk endcaps and make notes on fill needs or ones that might need to be flipped or replaced.

(3) Go to the backroom, get autofills/ truck freight, and start pushing.

(4) Backstock as you go, return the vehicle and retrieve the next.

(5) Once autofills/truck push is done, perform scans to fill. Then pull and push your freight.

(6) Finally, use the time left in your shift to complete price changes, set new salesplans and complete revisions.
 

gsa4lyfe

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That means giving them access to the banking funds for 20 lanes? If cashiers are going to essentially be almost a GSTL, better get to that $15/hr now because $12 or $13 isn't going to cut it.
It’s not that big of a deal. You’re just taking money out and putting money in. I work at a small format and that’s essentially what we do. We have no GSAs. We have one closing cashier and one closing gstm every night and they are responsible for banking the lanes. We bank everything at night so the opening gstm just grabs the change fund.
 
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That means giving them access to the banking funds for 20 lanes? If cashiers are going to essentially be almost a GSTL, better get to that $15/hr now because $12 or $13 isn't going to cut it.
... except some of us have been doing it for the same pay since they eliminated the differential. I think cutting the differential was the first part of the process, looking back on the past year.
 

busyzoningtoys

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The direction is every cashier should be able to function without a gsa. Every cashier will be able to do their own overrides. Open/close the registers and make sure they take their breaks on time. I’ve heard a lot of stores are gaining a gstl but the idea of someone standing up front open-close and answering blinkers is going away. Not sure the ultimate details yet but during the reviews you’re supposed to communicate to the cashiers these changes and if they can’t handle it they can’t be a cashier anymore. Also pog hours will be dissolved by June. VMs will no longer set VMGs and go back to more a leadership follow up role.
I mean, electronics TMs already pretty much can function without needing a GSA
 
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The direction is every cashier should be able to function without a gsa. Every cashier will be able to do their own overrides. Open/close the registers and make sure they take their breaks on time. I’ve heard a lot of stores are gaining a gstl but the idea of someone standing up front open-close and answering blinkers is going away. Not sure the ultimate details yet but during the reviews you’re supposed to communicate to the cashiers these changes and if they can’t handle it they can’t be a cashier anymore. Also pog hours will be dissolved by June. VMs will no longer set VMGs and go back to more a leadership follow up role.
Unfortunately, AEANTS = All Employees Are Not The Same. So, if a cashier needs change, or a guest needs to speak to a manager, or the cashier needs a new product brought to the front, etc...the list goes on and on. Also, the front end already has been depleted and will the backups be aware they are on their own?
 
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I mean, electronics TMs already pretty much can function without needing a GSA
Agreed. And I say that as a GSA. This is honestly the first modernization move I've seen that makes sense to me. That said, the one thing that made me say "hmm" was @Frontlanegirl's observation about change, managers, etc. There's usually a Leader there to open the building. I guess they'll have to handle those early-bird difficult guests. At my store, certain well-qualified cashiers already know how to get change.

But, AEANTS. There are certainly cashiers I wouldn't want dipping their fingers into the change fund--not because of theft, but because of error potential. Still, I can see why it makes sense overall. May change my tune when it's implemented, but I can see it.
 
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