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I'm kind of lost as what to do with these items. We have so many rules for them at our store & to be quite honest, I don't think anyone at my store knows what they're doing (it's only been open for 6 months). I transferred from another target & we normally just backstock all these items. However this new store has these rules:

- Discontinued NOP items are to be pushed on the floor & not backstocked
- Active NOP can be backstocked

Seems easy enough, but I think electronics work a different way. As far as I know NOP CDs and DVDs/BDs get scanned out during entertainment scan backs. Books, on the other hand, regularly gets MIR. I just wanna know if this is true for entertainment items so I can inform our backroom team members, as well as our overnight ETLs.
 
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All entertainment that is discontinued or nop or both does goes back on mir, or scan back. Exception is holidays sometimes you'll have some stuff go clearance.
It's a good idea to not back stock d code and nop since generally it's going clearance. The active nop yea I'd back took that since could be a new set.
 

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When I was an entertainment specialist, ALL NOP CDs got flexed into their respective browsers to capacity (no more than 3 facings per best practice) except the obvious, New Releases, Lifescapes and holiday ones, my CD stockroom was near empty all the time, I always made sure to scan my CD browsers when I had scans even though we were told not to, I typically only scanned items I knew we had a large surplus of and items I knew we had had for a while.
 
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Dcode NOP should be store tied to one endcap per area, and is typically a clearance endcap. For example, in HBA we had mens vitamins that were on ad, but we DNOP. so, I went under "store tie" and tied them to the clearance endcap, and was able to sign them with the ad signs. It is a great way to get rid of product at full retail, clean out the backroom, and to save on a markdowns. It is a win win if you can delegate it to someone you know will do it right.
 

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like FlowMonkey said, when I was an entertainment specialist the only CDs that were ever backstocked were lifescapes, a few kid's music only cds, and anything that was totally full on the floor (browser has three full facings in the browser and all second locations filled to capacity). NOP books and movies, on the other hand, should always be backstocked. Books go back in MIRs every week and if you're staying up with zoning and research there usually aren't very many places to flex books anyway. Movies can be flexed, but I don't recommend it except for the time frame between the last return scan of the year and the return scan after Christmas. If you do choose to flex movies, it is something you constantly have to stay on top of. When I had entertainment my store was consistently in the top 100 stores for entertainment sales. Our sales volume and freight flow (freight from DCs 4 times a week, plus UPS/FedEx 6 days a week) made flexing futile and far too time consuming. You end up with active stuff getting backstocked because flow can't find where it goes while NOP sits on the floor and may or may not sell.

Any questions about entertainment...I would be happy to answer them. I have years of experience, had a very tight routine, and increased sales every year. I heart entertainment.
 
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Ah, I hadn't thought of doing a store tie with d-code NOP items. I usually just find a light endcap and flex in stuff there, or find a small area and let price change know about where I flexed product.

I really wish EVERYONE understood the importance of d-code and NOP movies/books being backstocked. I had to fight for movies and books to become some sort of priority for backroom to backstock to help fight my entertainment department out of a flaming red MIR score. (As if jewelry and other random MIRs that we don't/haven't had the product for in forever are much help with that, though).
 
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Thanks for the reply everyone! I didn't get to check this sooner since I was a bit busy but I appreciate everyone's input! At least we can approach the situation in a better way now :]

like FlowMonkey said, when I was an entertainment specialist the only CDs that were ever backstocked were lifescapes, a few kid's music only cds, and anything that was totally full on the floor (browser has three full facings in the browser and all second locations filled to capacity). NOP books and movies, on the other hand, should always be backstocked. Books go back in MIRs every week and if you're staying up with zoning and research there usually aren't very many places to flex books anyway. Movies can be flexed, but I don't recommend it except for the time frame between the last return scan of the year and the return scan after Christmas. If you do choose to flex movies, it is something you constantly have to stay on top of. When I had entertainment my store was consistently in the top 100 stores for entertainment sales. Our sales volume and freight flow (freight from DCs 4 times a week, plus UPS/FedEx 6 days a week) made flexing futile and far too time consuming. You end up with active stuff getting backstocked because flow can't find where it goes while NOP sits on the floor and may or may not sell.

Any questions about entertainment...I would be happy to answer them. I have years of experience, had a very tight routine, and increased sales every year. I heart entertainment.

I actually do have a few questions about the browser though. I work at a City Target & our browser is much smaller than regular target stores, so we get a lot of CD backstock. I know best practice is 3 CDs on the browser, but it keeps coming back on autofills. Is there a way to stop these? No one else knows how to maintain the browser, no matter how much I try to explain it. They just end up placing the extra cds on empty spots in front of random artist cards.
 

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There should never be empty spots in the browser. Empty cards should be researched and put behind the corresponding alpha numerical card. If a CD has three full facings in the browser and all secondary locations are full then the CDs should be backstocked. If they keep coming out in autofills and will not fit on the floor, then they need to be subt9999 into location to reset the accumulator. You should also double check the capacity in item search to see if it's not set at something ridiculous.

If you do have empty space in the browser, and every CD you have is represented in the browser then I'd make an extra facing or two of any backstock you have.
 
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