Archived Number of Front Checklanes

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It seems odd to me that most stores have been going down to so few lanes. I remember the days where SuperTarget and Greatland and even regular Target stores had 26-32 checklanes. Granted that may be a little exessive for most of the year, you do need a minimum amount for holiday season and the company is becoming busier as years go on. I find it strange that stores have fewer lanes than ever now that locations are getting pfresh which drives more traffic. I've seen some of the remodel stores with as few as 10 or 12 checklanes and most new builds with only 14. I don't know if any of you have that few but I come from a Greatland where we went from 22 to 20, which is fine, but use every last one on Black Friday and use 75% during most Christmas season. I've been to a brand new pfresh with 14 stacked lanes on Black Friday last year and it was literally hell! The line for check out went all the way along HBA to grocery, wraped the corner all the way back to seasonal/sporting goods and it was managed terribly! Is any one else concerned about how every year Target feels less and less lanes are necessary? It would be nice if all new locations were build as SuperTarget with 20 full lanes and 4 seperate GS. I can't imagine what the locations with 10-12 will do this year, especially the ones with iGS combo now too.
 
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At my store we wrapped the ractrack on black Friday last year. Down HBA/Stat, around through groc., made the corner at seasonal, through electronics and toys (YIKES!!!), made the corner at softlines, and halfway back to the checklanes. We missed sales by 4%. People know what to expect. If you don't, than may I suggest shopping on a different day?
 
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The changes were made to add more space for certain areas, pfresh, sales floor, etc. mostly at super t have higher amt of lanes open at all times. Spot had review sales of the stores for all 7 days during open business hours. There is where ae09 or ae08 kicks in with the simple store rollout. Reduce lanes, less staff, & using efficient ways of opening & closing of lanes.
 
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I think super targets are allocated more lanes since grocery sales adds a lot of traffic volume... We have 28, years back (before i started) we had 32 or so. 1-16 is green side, 17-28 is blue side, we used all of 1-16 this weekend when it was pretty busy, and like 5 or so on blue side, so we definitely need them! :)
 
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So their definition of being more "efficient" for opening and closing lanes is to have less staff for the lanes and to call up our barely there salesfloor team for back up every 5 mins. I think we need to stop calling back up for every 1+1 at the lanes and change it to 3+1!!
The changes were made to add more space for certain areas, pfresh, sales floor, etc. mostly at super t have higher amt of lanes open at all times. Spot had review sales of the stores for all 7 days during open business hours. There is where ae09 or ae08 kicks in with the simple store rollout. Reduce lanes, less staff, & using efficient ways of opening & closing of lanes.
 
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So their definition of being more "efficient" for opening and closing lanes is to have less staff for the lanes and to call up our barely there salesfloor team for back up every 5 mins. I think we need to stop calling back up for every 1+1 at the lanes and change it to 3+1!!

I agree with you, 100%!
 
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we have 26, four GS, and Jewelry. We did have 60something when we first opened but they couldn't never get the computers to support that many registers so they took it down to half. During the weekdays we use on average 16 of those. During the weekend we use probably around 20 of those. Christmas and black friday we use every single register except one.
 

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48 (optical)
68 (photo)
70 (portrait)
71-92 checklanes (CL1-22)
104 (jewlery)
108/109 (pharmacy)
112/113 (electronics)
122-125 (service desk)
151/152 (cafe)

32 normal register bundles (28 night bank + 4 morning bank)
4 guest service bundles

^ that's what I have to deal with in cash office. I wish we'd get rid of some of our registers.
 
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We have 13 checklanes, 4 guest service registers, 2 pharmacy, 2 electronics, 1 jewelry (which we're not allowed to use but we bank every night. Huh?), 2 Starbucks, annnd, oh and 1 photo. So, 25 registers total throughout the whole store.
 
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14 checklanes (really only use about 6-8 of them daily), 3 guest services, 2 pharm, 1 jewelry (never seen anyone use it), 2 electronics.
 

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We used to use the register in the jewelry department when we still had specialists in the store......now it's only used once in a blue moon!
 

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A+ volume P-Fresh P09 (I think). We have:

18 Checklanes (4 mini-express and 2 rows of 7 regular lanes)
4 Guest Service
1 Photo (we never use it though)
2 Electronics
2 Food Ave (we rarely use more than 1)
1 Starbucks
1 or 2 in Pharmacy

We used to have a register in Jewelry, but it was never replaced when we got new registers last summer. And I'm not sure why we have a register in Photo; photos are cashed out at Guest Service.
 
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We have 42 registers throughout the store. Had more before the remodel (45). Yup our cash office process is a long one lol.


EDIT: Actually we have 44... Forgot about the overnight registers ;) lol.
 
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We're an AAA+ store (crazy busy). We have 24 checklanes, 5 (I think) guest service, 2 electronics (i've seen another store that had 3), 1 jewelry (find it weird that other stores don't use this), 2 food ave, 2 starbucks, 2 pharmacy, no photo register because it's pretty much part of guest service.
 
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We have 50 including Optical, Photo, SB, Target Cafe, Jewelry, Electronics, Pharmacy, Guest Service, One Hour Photo, and 32 lanes.
 
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We have 28 lanes, 2 FA, 2 SB, 1 Deli, 2 RX, 2 Elec, 2 Jewelry, 5 Guest Service, 1 Photo, 1 Optical making up 46 Registers. (AA)
 
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Let's see. We've got 32 checklanes, 5 guest service, 1 photo, 2 electronics, 1 jewelry, 1 optical, 2 pharmacy, 1 deli, 2 food ave, and 2 Starbucks. Total of 49 registers.
 

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I've worked in a Super that had 50 and then went to an ULV that has 23 :-/
 
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