MEGATHREAD Target Talk (Definitions)

talan123

Team Member/Troll
Joined
Jun 16, 2011
Messages
652
#1
UPDATED 3-7-2o15

Most terms have clickable links to their corresponding wiki page. Feel free to add missing definitions.

[information="Mod note:"]See Category: Terminology and Category: Acronyms for many wiki pages on Target lingo![/information]

People
AP
- Assets protection, the security team. Only AP team members are trained to apprehend shoplifters/con artists/etc.
APS - Assets Protection Specialist (undercover AP team member)
Brand Attendant - A team member in a high risk store who takes care of tasks such as keeping the restrooms, cleaning up spills, etc.
Cart Attendant - Team member whose responsibility is to retrieve carts from the parking lot, check the restrooms, pick up hangers and defective merchandise, among other things
DTL - District team lead
ETL - Executive Team Lead. A "manager"
ETL-AP - Executive Team Lead - Assets Protection
ETL-GE - Executive Team Lead - Guest Experience (formerly ETL-Guest Service/ETL-GS), the ETL in charge of the front end. In low volume stores, this position is often combined with ETL-SL.
ETL-HL - Executive Team Lead - Hardlines
ETL-HR - Human Resources
ETL-LOG - Executive Team Lead - Logistics
ETL-REPL - Executive Team Lead - Replenishment
ETL-RX - Pharmacist
ETL-SL - Executive Team Lead - Softlines. In low volume stores, this position is often combined with ETL-GE.
Flow - The overnight team that unloads the trucks and pushes merchandise to the floor and stockroom
Guest - Target's term for a customer. Target is our "house", but unlike a good houseguest, they are free to trash the place
GSA - Guest Service Attendant, basically team member who carries many of the same roles as a GSTL. First started in 2008
GSTL (cashier supervisor, or simply just "Cash-sup") - Guest Service Team Lead, team lead in charge of guest services and the front lanes
LOD - An ETL who serves as the manager on duty. A LOD is usually an ETL, but an ETL is not always an LOD
Operator - Team member who both answers the phones and assists guests at the fitting rooms
SFT - The team member who is in charge of maintaining the store and equipment
Specialist(Level 2) - Team member who carries more responsibilities in a particular department. This position was eliminated as part of AE09.
SrTL - Senior Team Lead
STL - Store Team Lead - The ETL in charge of the store. The "general manager"
Team Leader(Level 3) - Team member who is in charge of a particular department. A "supervisor"
TLOD - Team Leader on Duty
TPS - Target Protection Specialist (uniformed AP team member)
SrTPS - Senior Target Protection Specialist

Areas of the Store

239 - The extension for the Cash Office. May be announced when an LOD is needed in the cash office. In some stores this is known as a Code Black
Cash Office - The part of the store where money is handled when not in the register.
Chargebacks (Reverse Logistics) - The section in receiving that handles defective merchandise
Fire Aisle - A hallway between the stockroom and receiving in many stores. It should be completely clear, but in my store it's more like the Fire Hazard Aisle
Food Avenue(Food Service, Target Cafe) - The "snack bar". In older stores, Food Ave may also have a grill and deep fryer. Some Food Avenue locations may also include a Pizza Hut Express and/or a Taco Bell Express. Some stores also have a Starbucks
Hardlines - The 55 percent of the store where general merchandise besides clothing is sold
HBA - Health and Beauty
Logistics - Backroom
Mini Seasonal - A small section of the store that sells seasonal merchandise, especially smaller stuff (eg. for Halloween, candy will be in Mini Seasonal while costumes and decorations are in rear seasonal). It is usually either located at the front near the registers or in the back next to Rear Seasonal
MMB - Music, Movies, and Books
One Spot (See. Spot. Save., Dollar Spot) - A section near the front of the store that sells assorted trinkets for either a dollar or $2.50
Racetrack - The main aisle around the perimeter of the store.
Ready-To-Wear - The main section of women's clothing
Receiving - The part of the stores where the trucks are unloaded
Seasonal - An area (usually at the back of the store) that sells seasonal merchandise, such as Christmas, Halloween, patio, Global Bazaar, etc.
Softlines - The carpeted 45 percent of the store that contains clothing. Some items are softlines in some stores but not in others. Usually infant/baby supplies are in a section of softlines called "infant hardlines". This section has tile floor and normal gondolas.
TMSC, TSC- Team member Service Center, the place where time-off requests, availability change requests, punch correction forms, paychecks, etc. are handled.

Tools and Equipment

Baler - The large machine in receiving that eats used corrugated boxes. You need to be at least 18 and certified to operate it.
Compacter - The large machine and dumpster in receiving that compacts garbage that cannot be recycled. You need to be at least 18 and certified to operate it.
Crown (Stacker)- Forklift like vehicle that you walk behind to stack/double stack pallets. You must be 18 and certified to use. This is a misnomer, the machine itself is a stacker. Crown is the company that makes it.
DTK - Diagnostic Toolkit. Shows various store stats and metrics, including cashier speed, guest service scores, backroom location accuracy, etc.
TIPP - The computer interface used to order supplies, such as fixtures, bags, etc.
Eureka! - A website that provides answers to most common questions
GRPDA - Gift Registry PDA - PDAs located at Guest Services used by guests to manage gift registries. Virtually identical to the LPDA except for the red casing and different software. Some stores may use the older Symbol Phaser scanners
LPDA - Leader PDA, a smaller version of the standard PDA. Usually used by Team Leads and Executives.
LRT - Laser Radio Terminal, phased out. Replaced by PDT's in many stores
MAX FSTL (Forecasting, Scheduling, Time, and Labor)- The software that manages scheduling, time-clock punches, among other clerical things.
MyDevice - The iPod scanners used as a replacement for the LPDA, used by all Team Members.
MSA - Mobile Salesfloor Assistant - A large tablet-computer sort of device which was piloted for salesfloor teams to view planograms while on the salesfloor. Phased out.
NOP - Not on Planogram, meaning the item has not been set onto the salesfloor. Also slang for "Not Our Problem" by the flow teams.
PDA - Personal digital assistant - a more high tech version of the PDT with a touch screen and a graphical UI. Replaces the LRT/PDT.
PDT - Portable Data Terminal - Basically the same as an LRT, but with a bigger screen and slightly different key layout. Phased out in favor of PDA's.
POS - Point of sale. Basically the software that runs on the registers, can also refer to the register itself.
QuicKart(cart pusher, cart mover) - The machine that cart attendants use in higher volume stores to assist with bringing in carts. Must be 16 and certified to operate.
RF devices - There are several types of these, including LRT's, PDT's, MSA's, PDA's, GRPDA's, and LPDA's
Walkie - Walkie talkies that team members (and the Indyme announcement system) use to communicate
WAVE - Work Assist Vehicle. Vehicle used primarily in the back room for retrieving merchandise from high shelves. A bit like a ladder, but a lot more fun! You need to be certified to drive it though
Workbench - A website that allows store team members to find out store stats, view announcements from HQ, and find common questions. Includes links to DTK, Online Planogram, Eureka!, and mySupport.
Z-Rack - A movable clothing rack used for stocking hanging softlines merchandise. Named for the Z-shaped frame on the base

PDA Apps

Food
APG - Automated Production Guide
BCODE - Create Barcode Labels - hit #3 to add dates
ORDER - Order Food
QMOS - Quantity Mark Outs
RORDER - Replacement Order

Salesfloor
BCODE - Create Barcode Labels - hit #1 without date
MSPK - Mispick - Correcting Inventory with DC
MRSF - MIR Salesfloor Pull
NOP - Not On Planogram - Salesfloor Locations
RAIN - Rainchecks - For Pads & Substitute Signs
SFLM - Salesfloor Location Menu - Saleplanners Ties, etc.
SCNT - Return Scan Music & Movies
SEAS - Seasonal Merchandise Fill - MPG/PTM's
SIGN - Sign Creation - Floor Signing
SIGNT - Setup & Takedown - Ad Stuff

Pricing & Presentation
TKT - Create Tickets - Clearance, etc
NEW - New Planogram Pull - New POG/Sales planners Fills
PCHG - Price Changes - Lookup, etc
REV - Revision Fill - POG Changes - new stuff/replacement

Logistics
ADCI - Acknowledge Distribution Center Invoice
BRLM - Backroom Location Menu
STO - Backstock Merchandise
CAF - Create Auto Fill
LOCU - Location Update
PULL - Pull Merchandise
Main Menu - Storage Container Apps
SUBT - Subtract Merchandise

Receiving/Reverse Logisitics
ADSD - Acknowledge Direct to Store Deliveries
CREDIT - Credit Vendor Merchandise
LPA - License Plate Audit
MIR - Merchant Intiated Returns
MRCAR - Merchant Intiated Returns - CRC
MRCO - Merchant Intiated Returns - NON CRC
MRIN - Merchant Intiated Returns Inquiry
MRST - Merchant Intiated Returns Starting MIRs
QMOS - Quantity Mark Outs - used in P-Fresh & Food
RECV - Receive Vendor Merchandise
SWADD - Sweep - Add Items
 
Last edited by a moderator:

The Mule

Jack Of All Workcenters
Joined
Jun 9, 2011
Messages
344
#2
Under "Tools and Equipment"

Crown - Forklift like vehicle that you walk behind to stack/double stack pallets. You must be certified to use. May also be called a "stacker".
 

Formina Sage💯

Probably still better than you at the stacker
Staff member
Administrator
Joined
May 15, 2011
Messages
1,655
#7
Is brand attendant a real position? Or are we thinking of Brand Captain, in which case that is a completely different thing?

Brand Captain is a member of the flow team that makes sure the floor is great by 8, cleaning up cardboard, garbage, and pallets. They typically take care of baling all the cages full of cardboard.
 

redeye58

Hasta Ba Rista, Baby!
Joined
Jun 9, 2011
Messages
17,900
#8
Brand attendant is a front end position & their job entails keeping the front end "brand" by keeping it clear of stray baskets & carts, helping stock lane supplies, handling restroom checks, picking up hangers/strays, quick clean-ups of spills, emptying trash at FA or SB. They may also assist CA with carry-outs, emptying the hanger bin, emptying outside trash, picking up large trash in the parking lot (empty boxes guests leave behind) & run carts of strays out to the SF.
 

Electronics Man

Electronics Team Member
Joined
Jun 14, 2011
Messages
335
#10
Brand attendant is a front end position & their job entails keeping the front end "brand" by keeping it clear of stray baskets & carts, helping stock lane supplies, handling restroom checks, picking up hangers/strays, quick clean-ups of spills, emptying trash at FA or SB. They may also assist CA with carry-outs, emptying the hanger bin, emptying outside trash, picking up large trash in the parking lot (empty boxes guests leave behind) & run carts of strays out to the SF.
In my store the Cart Attendants do all that in addition to carts.
 
Joined
Jun 8, 2011
Messages
162
#15
Ready-to-wear or "prêt-à-porter", often abbreviated RTW, is the term for factory-made clothing, sold in finished condition, in standardized sizes, as distinct from made to measure or bespoke clothing tailored to a particular person's frame. Ready-to-wear has rather different connotations in the spheres of fashion and classic clothing. In the fashion industry, designers produce ready-to-wear clothing intended to be worn without significant alteration, because clothing made to standard sizes fits most people. They use standard patterns, factory equipment, and faster construction techniques to keep costs low, compared to a custom-sewn version of the same item. Some fashion houses and fashion designers produce mass-produced and industrially manufactured ready-to-wear lines, while others offer garments that, while not unique, are produced in limited numbers.
 

Formina Sage💯

Probably still better than you at the stacker
Staff member
Administrator
Joined
May 15, 2011
Messages
1,655
#24
Yes, Not On Planogram is both a noun, the program in RF Apps, and an adjective, describing the status of a particular piece of merchandise.
 
Joined
Jun 7, 2011
Messages
129
#25
What are all the different store types I keep seeing? Like A++ and ULV and whatnot. What are all of them and what do they mean?
 

Formina Sage💯

Probably still better than you at the stacker
Staff member
Administrator
Joined
May 15, 2011
Messages
1,655
#26
Volume classifications are based on yearly sales, and go as such.

  • AAA+ $85M and above
  • AAA $77.3 - $85
  • AA+ $69.5 - $77.3
  • AA $60.5 - $69.5
  • A+ $51.5 - $60.5
  • A $42 - $51.5
  • B $32.5 - $42
  • C $23 - $32.5
  • D $23 or less

ULV is an acronym meaning ultra-low volume and is typically used in reference to D and C volume stores.
 
Joined
Jun 8, 2011
Messages
25,282
#32
Just ask your Stl or etl, what was sales last year? Your store is the priority, not other stores. Always try to beat everyone in the district!
 

Guest Attendant

Former Target Team Member
Joined
Jun 9, 2011
Messages
422
#33
We don't have nearly as much lingo as Target does. Each department is given a code name and of course we have words for the supervisors and such. Example. STL is the Store Director, GSTL is the PIC etc
 

Rock Lobster

Executive Team Leader
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Jun 11, 2011
Messages
1,387
#34
Nop - Not On Planogram. When items are no longer tied to an aisle.

Add to definition if incorrect. ;)
Basically, I am being picky here :)

NOP items are items that are no longer part of any POG (either past, present, or foreseeable future)... More likely than not these items are DCODED and going clearance or ACTIVE and going back on a sweep or MIR...

NO LOCS items are items that are still part of a POG but that POG is not tied to a salesfloor location! They are either part of an old POG that got taken down, part of a current POG that isn't tied, or part of something that will be setting in the future...
 

Formina Sage💯

Probably still better than you at the stacker
Staff member
Administrator
Joined
May 15, 2011
Messages
1,655
#39
Sorry, but I can't allow linking to this material. It is copyrighted internal documents belonging to Target Corporation. Furthermore, they are nearly 10 years old and certainly outdated. Thank you for your contribution though.
 
Joined
Jul 1, 2011
Messages
2,712
#40
:( You forgot PDX: the COMPLETELY outdated software that Pharmacy uses to process prescriptions (currently being replaced by RedRx, which I've heard is not much better :rolleyes:)

Also, TM: Team Member: all other peons employees of Target :p

Is there an abbreviation for Pharmacy Tech???
 

Rock Lobster

Executive Team Leader
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Jun 11, 2011
Messages
1,387
#41
The leadership expectations....

PERSONAL
Resilient and Adaptable
Demonstrates Accountability
Demonstrates Courage

TEAM
Collaborates
Relates Well to Others
Manages Talent
Communicates Effectively
Engages and Inspires Others

THOUGHT
Solves Problems
Strategizes
Innovates

RESULTS
Manages Productivity
Manages Execution
Drives for Results
 
Last edited:

pellinore

Ho hum....I'm watching you!
Joined
Jun 16, 2011
Messages
1,817
#43
Why is Women's called Ready to Wear?
fashion
It is called "Ready to wear" because many of the clothes are designed by "real" designers.....and "real" designer clothes are made with the intent of being bought and then alterations are done to fit the person buying the product.

So, "Ready to wear" means that the clothing is all set, ready to buy off the rack, no alterations and Ready to Wear.
 

pellinore

Ho hum....I'm watching you!
Joined
Jun 16, 2011
Messages
1,817
#44
Ready-to-wear or "prêt-à-porter", often abbreviated RTW, is the term for factory-made clothing, sold in finished condition, in standardized sizes, as distinct from made to measure or bespoke clothing tailored to a particular person's frame. Ready-to-wear has rather different connotations in the spheres of fashion and classic clothing. In the fashion industry, designers produce ready-to-wear clothing intended to be worn without significant alteration, because clothing made to standard sizes fits most people. They use standard patterns, factory equipment, and faster construction techniques to keep costs low, compared to a custom-sewn version of the same item. Some fashion houses and fashion designers produce mass-produced and industrially manufactured ready-to-wear lines, while others offer garments that, while not unique, are produced in limited numbers.
After reading thru some of the replies here, I found your answer.....I like your answer much better than mine.
 

redeye58

Hasta Ba Rista, Baby!
Joined
Jun 9, 2011
Messages
17,900
#47
It's basically what our grandparents used to call "off the rack".
Higher end clothing, particularly suits, are unfinshed (pants, sleeves unhemmed) because they are tailored to the buyer.
 
Joined
Jun 30, 2011
Messages
6
#48
I feel kind of dumb. I thought ready to wear was the younger ladies bras, because they were just getting to the age to "ready to wear" them..
 
Top