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Hey, just wanted to use this thread as an ongoing discussion for Presentation teams across the country to talk about ongoing and upcoming sets, vent about stupid stuff, etc. I don't actually know how many other plano people we have on the boards but feel free to jump into the conversation!

Three of us just finished toys today with the Game Wall, and some others started in Chemi's. Those stupid deep deep shelves along the walls are a super pain in the ass to move!
 

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Hey, just wanted to use this thread as an ongoing discussion for Presentation teams across the country to talk about ongoing and upcoming sets, vent about stupid stuff, etc. I don't actually know how many other plano people we have on the boards but feel free to jump into the conversation!

Three of us just finished toys today with the Game Wall, and some others started in Chemi's. Those stupid deep deep shelves along the walls are a super pain in the ass to move!
3 in toys and some others? How many of you are there? Right now we have a whole 3 on our team (used to be 5) not counting the TL. And out of those 3, 1 does revisions.
 
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All I want to say is that I wish I was on the plano team in my store. They get 40 hours a week, work Monday through Friday, sometimes do 10 hours/day to only work 4 days/week and I love doing plano in general. They also go on breaks whenever they want and sometimes don't do overnights with the flow team during BTC.

I suspect they made their own rules since it's only 5 team members but still.
 
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agree! You must have an army on your team. We have 3 also, and one does revisions. We are halfway through toys, looking at bulk bins to get ahead for tomorrow. Saving the next week for chemicals...heavy duty stuff!
 
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7 of us including our PTL. One is the old signing TM (who was really just a temporary stand-in while until they found someone more permanent) who is training me in, I'm not sure what he's going to be doing after I'm established here, because as far as I know he is looking to get another job somewhere. We obviously help the rest of the team with big sets on weeks where signing is fairly light.

Yeah, our store takes pretty good care of the plano team. We get a pretty solid 40 hours a week, 4am to 12:30, we used to not have to work weekends but it seems that someone must have complained so that rule is changed. Weekends are still pretty infrequent, every other or every third.

We're going overnight for the grocery reset in two weeks.
 
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Our plano team is 5 people including the TL. Occasionally during large sets she will pull a few team members who want additional hours to fill. Our team rocks! The TL is amazing at planning, always staying a week ahead. The team itself is great. They check all dates when they are in food. They respond to the checklanes when it gets busy. They get alot of recognition during large sets, but the "small" revisions go unnoticed by the rest of the store. What they are able to accomplish with constantly shrinking payoll is amazing. My hat is off to all plano teams across the company!
 
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As a new plano team member, I'm really excited to be doing this! It's been fun so far, and an interesting perspective for sure. And yes, a lot of work goes into it and it's very rewarding :)
 
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I love the Halloween set! It is so much fun!

I love plano too, but have been extremely frustrated. We have 5 "full time", 3 who only work 1-2 days a week, and a TL (plus a signing person). Normally we have 40 hours a week, and kick total ass, going above and beyond what the job actually calls for. However lately they have cut down our available hours. We are no longer a week ahead, and I am lucky if I get two days a week on plano (i usually pick up on flow to make up the difference). Then of course we get yelled at because we couldn't get the backstock done, or the transition pushed, and what do you mean you can't set these sales planers too? And put up the new security fixtures in fragrance that we ordered ages ago and just came in this week. Makes me want to scream! You want us to do all this crap and yet you won't give us the hours to catch up. We can't bend time or move mountains.

Sorry, rant over.
 

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There are 3 hardcore, myself and the TL with a couple of PT's.
The only problem is they like to pull the hardcores and replace them with poor performers supposedly as cross training.
We routinely get about half the hours we need to do the work. Plano is pretty much the red headed step child.
 

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There are 3 hardcore, myself and the TL with a couple of PT's.
The only problem is they like to pull the hardcores and replace them with poor performers supposedly as cross training.
We routinely get about half the hours we need to do the work. Plano is pretty much the red headed step child.
:thumbsup: thank you . that is so true. And we know our boss only gets his allotment of hours and he has to 'deal' them out... and we understand.
The one thing that bothers me is that he likes to "help" me out, and then I find out weeks later that he never actually did it.... just tied it in. BUT i'm used to that by now and just try my best to fix it
 
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my biggest complaint is not the lack of hours... its the fact that one week we'll get 35 the next week we'll get 5. my team is cross trained in every single area (cash office too) of the store except hr. they have to be to support their families.

i wish our workload was more stable so even if my team didn't get 40 hours (HA HA), they could at least plan on working mon/tues/wed on plano and not have to close on sunday and be back at 4 (yes, my store tells me there is NO TARGET RULE about fewer than 8 hours, just a store policy that they sometimes enforce if a tm complains too loudly).
 
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I'm at b volume store and I love my team we get no help from other work centers yet stay a solid green, my ? is how many ptl's are taking over price change also?
 
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My PTL also takes care of the three person Price Accuracy team.
 
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Entertainment Transition

Everybody ready for the huge transition in Entertainment this month? Our adjacency only calls for around 150 hours but I have a feeling somebody botched the numbers. Definitely going overnight for this one...
 
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i dont think my TL realizes just yet how big this transition is...... i was reading the comm for it.... ohhhh baby!
 
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My Entertainment TM and I were talking about this. Yeah it's a doozy...the whole thing is flip flopping. Crazy stuff. I think the end layout of it makes a lot more sense though than the current layout.
 
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Consumables in a few weeks. Entertainment at the end of the month. All of our entertainment flips and they are adding a focal like in toys in entertainment. This is gonna suck.
 

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Everybody ready for the huge transition in Entertainment this month? Our adjacency only calls for around 150 hours but I have a feeling somebody botched the numbers. Definitely going overnight for this one...
OMG don't get me started on the Entertainment set......gonna be a NIGHTMARE! Needless to say, week of overnights!
 
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Cosmetics is hard. Especially if the signing doesn't come in on time. But this entertainment reset is gonna suck with all the moves.
 
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we finished ours. the soup fixture changes were silly. its going to hurt us during the thanksgiving push not having the cream of whatevers in fixtures. everything else was fine. i like the new backer paper and signing for the hba stuff. shoes was a breeze, just lots of transition to push.

we were told our district isnt allowing overnights anymore. i think my stl lied. our neighboring store just went overnight for toys.
im thinking 4 people, 486 hours of adjacency, 144 pogs that week for mmb.... yeah this is gonna suck coming in a 4am. so my etl sends me an email... he wants to add a sf tm to our team that week. im thinking the girl who is "over" mmb that usually sets street date. no. we're getting a girl who doesnt know crap so she can "learn". im gonna try to veto that. not that im too lazy, just, with limited payroll and fixturing changes we're gonna be pushing as it is. i dont have time to slow down and teach someone who has no salesfloor experience. thats too much of a learning curve.
 
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Haven't heard anything from our district about no overnights, that's how we're doing Grocery this week. And MMB... and yes we're borrowing our ex-MMB specialist and current MMB spec to get through this. Hopefully it's pretty painless.
 

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Having them not send us the soup fixture sucked and the surprise TV wall revision that required two people for four hours sucked even more.
Not looking forward to the entertainment or makeup changes coming up.
 
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Tonight marked the last night of grocery, tomorrow is the last overnight shift (we're regularly 4am) and we'll do cosmetics then. Well, they will. I'm on vacation :D

Oh, so question. How come sometimes when you tie a POG in SFLM, the PDA will set up a label batch, and other times it doesn't? When do you print the labels that the PDA creates when you tie the POG as opposed to using the Sign and Label PC to locate the POG number and printing all the labels/the price accuracy labels there?

I'm just a little confused as to which way is more efficient, especially considering some POGS use strips and some don't. And when you print the pog using the computer, you always have to tie it first anyway, correct?
 
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Having them not send us the soup fixture sucked and the surprise TV wall revision that required two people for four hours sucked even more.
Not looking forward to the entertainment or makeup changes coming up.
You too? We also needed an additional fixture. When the boss mysupported it, they just told him to order it on TIPP but it is going to take forever.

We have something like 6 more planos and all the revs (except for ele) to do tonight. it is going to SUCK.

and on top of it, two weeks out where we have hosiery and that massive entertainment reset? well, they also want us to set mini seasonal early. hell to the no, that is not going to happen. we can do hosiery or mini, but not both, and with entertainment and the revs it is still going to be a major push to get it all done
 
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Oh, so question. How come sometimes when you tie a POG in SFLM, the PDA will set up a label batch, and other times it doesn't? When do you print the labels that the PDA creates when you tie the POG as opposed to using the Sign and Label PC to locate the POG number and printing all the labels/the price accuracy labels there?

I'm just a little confused as to which way is more efficient, especially considering some POGS use strips and some don't. And when you print the pog using the computer, you always have to tie it first anyway, correct?
If the planogram includes label strips it will ask you to print a label batch. This will print out the labels for the pegs, price accuracy, and the POG header. If the planogram doesn't have strips, for example just pegs, then you will need to print them out manually from the Sign and Label PC.

When there are label strips I print out the label batch created, this way I only get the pegs, price accuracy and the POG header. I don't need all the labels printed out if I have strips. You do not have to tie in the planogram to print labels manually from the PC but they will print in standard.
 
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we print our pa labels from the pc before our stuff is tied so we dont have to go back there to print them after. just hit f4 to bypass the little screen saying it has to be tied.

we did the cosmetics and market revisions for next week today. tomorrow were gonna try to finish them all up so ill have everyone focused on cosmetics starting monday. hope we can get them all done!
 
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So it doesn't matter if they print in standard? The schematic doesn't change at all?
 
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The schematic does indeed sometimes change when it is tied reverse.

If you are stocking an aisle and the items are showing up 1 space off when scanned with the PDA, the most likely cause is that it was tied standard when it should have been tied reverse.

At my store we normally tie the POGs the day before so that pulls can be done in the afternoon, and then everyone manually prints labels off the PC the next morning. We never use batch labels.
 
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I believe if the planogram is pre-tied in reverse, the PA labels will print in reverse before the aisle is tied, but someone should probably check me on this.
 

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So just a note on the upcoming entertainment overhaul...

Music streets on Monday August 29. Just thought everyone should keep that in mind as you plan your workload for the week.
 
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How did you guys attach the display Sunbeam mixers to the shelf of the Fall Baking set? I was watching my SBS and signing get frustrated with it. Finally the SBS drilled holes in the shelf and they tied them with cheap plastic ties.
 
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How did you guys attach the display Sunbeam mixers to the shelf of the Fall Baking set? I was watching my SBS and signing get frustrated with it. Finally the SBS drilled holes in the shelf and they tied them with cheap plastic ties.
I didn't fasten them down at all - I left them just like all the small appliance displays, just sitting on the shelf with the cord tucked behind.
 

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I believe if the planogram is pre-tied in reverse, the PA labels will print in reverse before the aisle is tied, but someone should probably check me on this.
Even if pre-tied in reverse, they will print out standard until the aisle is physically tied as reverse. At least in my store...
 
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how's cosmetics going for everyone?

seems like a pretty easy set.

also, since street date is monday, how is everyone dealing with it (those that aren't going overnight for mmb)?
 
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We have two more pogs to do in cosmetics, we would have done it today but my TL decided we were going to set the seasonal wall of shoes (slippers) today and remerch all the clearance.
 

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Flexing it into the endcap until we get there. We are starting on the books side of the department and working toward music, so we probably won't get to it until Tuesday or Wednesday. Actually, I may be setting music by myself since no one else understands how to set a browser no matter how much I explain it to them. Why is it so hard to realize that the schematic is meaningless on a browser pog (except for the top two shelves starting next week)?
 
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I can't even find the motivation (or the space) to break apart the giant pallet of new entertainment fixtures we got yesterday lol.
 
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