MEGATHREAD Signing Tips, Tricks and Quips (along with howls of despair)

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I know this is signing but you’re all experts it seems..... I’m a new TL over pricing Plano with zero TMs to learn from and a store that won’t send me out for training..... I’ve been with target for two years so I have a great understanding on pogs and setting and really enjoy it but i have zero clue how pricing works besides scanning clearance and put on the tickets. Can you give a good daily routine? I’m trying to catch up from there being no one for a month on pricing. I have about 3000 labels to do and not really sure the best way to go about it. How can you activate and print with just a my device so I can go aisle by aisle? Right now I’m using store applications and printing by due date so I’m constantly doing circles around the store.
I know I've gone into Store Applications and printed an aisle's worth of labels before for a day's workload (really helpful when only one page prints weird) but I'm not sure if this would work to print all the labels for an aisle or just a single day's. Been awhile since I've had to do labels for PC.

Have you considered printing all of the late labels at once? That way you'd have all the labels needed with you and could just go into the PC app and into the late workload which should path through each block. Once something is late in the app, it all gets lumped together in the current day's workload. Downside is you'd have to dig through all the labels to find the correct one the app is telling you to activate.

Daily routine would be to print all the labels needed for that day and get those activated/placed first. Then you can go back into that day's divisions to hit up further markdowns and endcaps. Alternately, you can also complete divisions before moving out of a block, saves some steps backtracking (I prefer finishing all the labels first). Inline clearance can get activated as you put up new labels. Backroom is last and then worked to the floor.
 

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I know I've gone into Store Applications and printed an aisle's worth of labels before for a day's workload (really helpful when only one page prints weird) but I'm not sure if this would work to print all the labels for an aisle or just a single day's. Been awhile since I've had to do labels for PC.

Have you considered printing all of the late labels at once? That way you'd have all the labels needed with you and could just go into the PC app and into the late workload which should path through each block. Once something is late in the app, it all gets lumped together in the current day's workload. Downside is you'd have to dig through all the labels to find the correct one the app is telling you to activate.

Daily routine would be to print all the labels needed for that day and get those activated/placed first. Then you can go back into that day's divisions to hit up further markdowns and endcaps. Alternately, you can also complete divisions before moving out of a block, saves some steps backtracking (I prefer finishing all the labels first). Inline clearance can get activated as you put up new labels. Backroom is last and then worked to the floor.
This is basically what I’ve been doing or trying to do but the only options I’m getting in store apps is listed by the date they were do up to four weeks back. Some days it’s a couple labels and some are hundreds. This method works just lots of back tracking. I just feel like there should be an easier way to print them by aisle or ideal world I could just print all late because 90% of them are late.
 
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This is basically what I’ve been doing or trying to do but the only options I’m getting in store apps is listed by the date they were do up to four weeks back. Some days it’s a couple labels and some are hundreds. This method works just lots of back tracking. I just feel like there should be an easier way to print them by aisle or ideal world I could just print all late because 90% of them are late.
Geez, four weeks is a lot! If I think of something other than continuing to chip away at it, I'll let you know. Are you solely focusing on the late stuff or are you keeping up with the new too? I'd do both, otherwise you're just chasing a tail that is still moving away from you.
 
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I know I've gone into Store Applications and printed an aisle's worth of labels before for a day's workload (really helpful when only one page prints weird) but I'm not sure if this would work to print all the labels for an aisle or just a single day's. Been awhile since I've had to do labels for PC.

Have you considered printing all of the late labels at once? That way you'd have all the labels needed with you and could just go into the PC app and into the late workload which should path through each block. Once something is late in the app, it all gets lumped together in the current day's workload. Downside is you'd have to dig through all the labels to find the correct one the app is telling you to activate.

Daily routine would be to print all the labels needed for that day and get those activated/placed first. Then you can go back into that day's divisions to hit up further markdowns and endcaps. Alternately, you can also complete divisions before moving out of a block, saves some steps backtracking (I prefer finishing all the labels first). Inline clearance can get activated as you put up new labels. Backroom is last and then worked to the floor.
Dumb question I know, why don't you ask your ETL what to do? They should be able to give you some idea of how to proceed.
 

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This is basically what I’ve been doing or trying to do but the only options I’m getting in store apps is listed by the date they were do up to four weeks back. Some days it’s a couple labels and some are hundreds. This method works just lots of back tracking. I just feel like there should be an easier way to print them by aisle or ideal world I could just print all late because 90% of them are late.
It has to be printed by day. When we get behind we use an accordion file to sort by section and add as we're print daily. Pick a section that's behind and work it, then get some ticketing done. I'm not sure how it works at your size store, but I'd reach out via email to another and ask for ideas. I can't believe they won't send you out at all. 🤦‍♀️

I don't know which store you went to but stoneham is one and their stl is great. Try using the store number to get the generic pptl for questions?
 
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Candy cane tree: keep or toss? Bins for pjs and plastic risers from gifting tables: keep or toss?
I know i could look these up, but figured this would be quicker.
 
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Hmmmm....I sure don’t envy you trying to catch up! It sounds nearly impossible. We struggle to stay current, each day has a workload that takes all day to complete. I could imagine adding to it ! Unless you are given unlimited amounts of payroll hours to play catch up , I think it would be a more productive use of time to start with TODAYS work and stay CURRENT. I have seen so many labels replaced MULTIPLE times only to end up at the EXACT same price !
ex: current label at 3.59, on 12/22 new label for 3.79, on 12/26 new label for 3.49, on 1/3 new label for 3.59.
Was it really effective to backtrack and place all three labels up ? Some of that old stuff is redundant. Plus, you could be making things WORSE - what if you stick a 4 week old label on top of a newer label that was set 2 weeks ago where they already put up a MORE CURRENT price accuracy label ?
Ask your STL : “Can I work the CURRENT workload only and let all red/old/expired/replaced work naturally work their way out of the system or get corrected through
PCV checks ?”
 
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Candy cane tree: keep or toss? Bins for pjs and plastic risers from gifting tables: keep or toss?
I know i could look these up, but figured this would be quicker.
There was clear direction to TOSS the candy cane tree (I liked it and wanted to keep it but NO).
The Amplified gifting is carried forward and resetting. I already re-used some parts: KEEP.
 

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Candy cane tree: keep or toss? Bins for pjs and plastic risers from gifting tables: keep or toss?
I know i could look these up, but figured this would be quicker.
Candy cane-toss. It's coming home with me for craft fair displays.
Amplified gifting-keep some. These are needed for future sets and to merchandise on the fly. I've got no idea where I'm putting mine, they currently live on a flat in the fixture room.
 
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Candy cane-toss. It's coming home with me for craft fair displays.
Amplified gifting-keep some. These are needed for future sets and to merchandise on the fly. I've got no idea where I'm putting mine, they currently live on a flat in the fixture room.
Yup, this. I tossed all the unused Amp Gifting risers and bins but we are holding into the used ones for now. Hoping the week of 1/13 I will have time to find a spot for them since Plano workload is lighter.
 
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Whew, gutsy. We have 2 pallets of unopened Amp Gift fixtures and parts. I’m reluctant to toss because I don’t know what will be needed in the future.
There is one part: a big metal square frame that we have a lot of and never used. Tempted to toss those because there are so many out of the box and I’m not sure what it does.
 
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Any one know if the container used to keep the amplified gifting fixtures is here to stay or will it be taken away soon? Could be useful to keep all our unused fixtures.
 
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Questions about the one up pole.

1. This might sound dumb, but you put the spider clips first on the ceiling, then hang the sign with a ladder? Or you put the clips and signing at the same time?
2. Does it matter which spider clip is used, white or clear? I know white ones are more stiff/tighter on the ceiling.
3. How do you move the spider clips around to lets say make it spread out from the other spider clips?
4. What are the limitations. I'm assuming it doesn't work on overly large or heavy signs right? Just simple ones with 2 spider clips attached?
5. How do you use it to remove an overhead without it falling on your head?

I wish there was some kind of training video on how to use this but I couldn't find one.
 
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Questions about the one up pole.

1. This might sound dumb, but you put the spider clips first on the ceiling, then hang the sign with a ladder? Or you put the clips and signing at the same time?

Attach the clips & wires to the signing first, then to the ceiling. The idea is that you don't need a ladder or Wave when you are using the One Up pole.

2. Does it matter which spider clip is used, white or clear? I know white ones are more stiff/tighter on the ceiling.

You can use either one, but I have found the clear ones fit onto the pole a lot better.

3. How do you move the spider clips around to lets say make it spread out from the other spider clips?

If you need to make adjustments after hanging, use the pole to unclip the one you need to move. If you need to adjust more than one, it may make more sense to go up on the Wave or ladder.

4. What are the limitations. I'm assuming it doesn't work on overly large or heavy signs right? Just simple ones with 2 spider clips attached?

It can work on the larger/heavier signing. Example: the red awnings from Christmas. I only used the pole to hang these and remove them. Hung the 2 middle back clips first and then was able to reach the other clips from the floor and hang each of those one by one. It all depends on how the clips are spaced on the signing.

5. How do you use it to remove an overhead without it falling on your head?

Practice! And steady, strong arms. It's helpful to place the bottom of the pole on the floor once you unclip the sign. This gives you better leverage as you bring the sign down (unextend the pole). Also, very helpful to have fast reflexes for when the sign does get away from you. If you have concerns the sign may be unwieldy coming down, always wait for the area to be clear of any people or have a spotter with you.

I wish there was some kind of training video on how to use this but I couldn't find one.
Answers in bold above. It definitely helps watching someone else demonstrate how to use it. It took me awhile before I was comfortable using it without the assistance of the former signing tm. And now I am more proficient at it than she is.
 
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Answers in bold above. It definitely helps watching someone else demonstrate how to use it. It took me awhile before I was comfortable using it without the assistance of the former signing tm. And now I am more proficient at it than she is.
Thank you! This really helps :)
 

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Stores should have received 2 white metal bunkers in the AG containers to hold cardboard bins and be placed in boys/girls or jewelry in chain stores. There stupid heavy and don't hold much but better than nothing I guess.
I've got to remember to get the sltl to place these for me. But then I'll still have things off extra crap.
 

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Stores should have received 2 white metal bunkers in the AG containers to hold cardboard bins and be placed in boys/girls or jewelry in chain stores. There stupid heavy and don't hold much but better than nothing I guess.
Yes and I was asking them if they threw them away because I know they shouldn't be
 
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Even the cardboard ones?
Yes, the cardboard ones. Any that were out on the floor we still have (in a shopping cart no less!) but I had a whole box we didn't touch at all plus a whole box of the white plastic risers. Gone now.

Stores should have received 2 white metal bunkers in the AG containers to hold cardboard bins and be placed in boys/girls or jewelry in chain stores. There stupid heavy and don't hold much but better than nothing I guess.
We never used the metal bunkers. Why bother when we have a whole pod to keep everything in? I will leave it up to the softlines tl if she wants to keep/use them as long as she stores it out on the salesfloor.
 

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Yes, the cardboard ones. Any that were out on the floor we still have (in a shopping cart no less!) but I had a whole box we didn't touch at all plus a whole box of the white plastic risers. Gone now.



We never used the metal bunkers. Why bother when we have a whole pod to keep everything in? I will leave it up to the softlines tl if she wants to keep/use them as long as she stores it out on the salesfloor.
It's easier for our TMs to grab and go. We have containers that people have limited access to w/o keys, 25 yards away, and a pain in the ass to open/close. Doesn't seem efficient going back and forth just for bins. I'd rather keep extras in my signing area.

ASANT, I'm not sure how much longer these containers will stay so I'd rather use the bunkers now then have it missing later.
 
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What does the current candy focal signing look like/what's the part number on it? I looked up at it recently and realized that it is the red, white, and blue mm's in the shape of a star for 4th of july 0_o

In that regard, the most recent produce table signs I received were fall apple ones. What's the current one for these?
 

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What does the current candy focal signing look like/what's the part number on it? I looked up at it recently and realized that it is the red, white, and blue mm's in the shape of a star for 4th of july 0_o

In that regard, the most recent produce table signs I received were fall apple ones. What's the current one for these?
I havent received any new produce table signs
 
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