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When does everyone 'Tie' POGs?

Before, during, or after setting?

Are TMs able to 'Tie' POGs themselves?


I am a new PTL in Canada. I am the only one who has access to the POG program on the computer, where I must find the POG and click the 'implement' button (to tie the POG). We are not able to use the gun to Tie POGs. In Canada, we have to wait 4 hours for it to show up in the guns after we 'tie' the POG on the computer.

With a brand new team, I can only very loosely guestimate what POGs will be completed every day. My instinct is to tie the POGs I THINK might be set that day, but without the experience to know which POGs are going to set us back (some 'REVISIONS' are taking over 2.5hrs to do), I would be tying many more POGs then we actually would be able to set. How much chaos does this cause with the flow of things? Waiting until after the POGs have been set, is generally what I do, but this is also slowing the process of being able to shift product on the POG as the new locations aren't coming up in the gun unless I tie them the day before, so we are having to search for article numbers on newly set labels in order to find an items location.

My new temporary STL (who's here from the United States) tells me I should tie the POGs as we set them. If I did it that way, I'd literally spend the entire day, just running to the computer, trying to find the POG, and clicking that little button! As stupid as it sounds, we also don't have a POG number SEARCH in our POG program. I just have to keep on re-loading each of the 300 pages of POGs until I find the number I'm looking for (thank goodness they are in numerical order).

I'm just trying to find good flow to make things as efficient as possible when setting.

Any advice for a newby would be helpful. Thanks!
 

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The way the system works here in the states, it is best to tie them the morning of the day you are going to set them. When you drop the new pog fill you have 6 hours to pull it where it will pull based off of the actual accumulator need. After that it will pull to capacity and you end up with excess backstock. That's according to my remodel specialist.

Our sales floor ties update immediately, so that's a big difference between the states and Canada. You'll get better at determining how much you can finish in a day. It will probably take a while, but you'll get it. I would still tie everything either that morning or the day before. I'm leaning towards the day before so that you can then use nop while setting and stocking.
 
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Hi sigma7,

By 'drop the new pog fill', are you talking about being able to scan the header label and create an automatic pull for the items you need? I don't think we can do that here either.

Also, what do you mean by using nop while setting? Items are nop until I tie a pog - correct?
 

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if you can't drop a new pog fill, how do you get new items to the floor?

NOP is an application in RF apps that tells you where a product goes on a planogram or if it is nop. Most items should not actually be nop. They will either be active and on a current or upcoming planogram or clearance. Items that are nop need to be flexed on the floor.
 
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From what pebbles is saying it sounds like they may not have RF apps in Canada, or he is not aware of it if they do. Item Search takes a while to update, while nop is instant. Plano without RF apps would be incredibly inefficient.
 

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Sales floor ties update immediately at my store in RF apps and item search.

It makes sense that there wouldn't be the NOP app in Canada though since all the communication only mentions item search and not NOP in RF Apps. There still has to be some way to drop a pog fill I would think. Unless you just scan outs or an EXF for all the out of stocks once you've set and filled the aisle with what was already there.
 

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TM's can tie POGs in the US.
You always tie and drop yourPOGs before you start.
We can do them from the PDT.
 

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It sounds like there two fairly different sales floor location management systems at play.
 
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if you can't drop a new pog fill, how do you get new items to the floor?

NOP is an application in RF apps that tells you where a product goes on a planogram or if it is nop. Most items should not actually be nop. They will either be active and on a current or upcoming planogram or clearance. Items that are nop need to be flexed on the floor.


We hand scan each label on the pog to create the pull after we've set it - even for brand new POGs with no previous merchandise. We can do a discontinued pull using the header label, but I don't think we have an application that can just pull the new items on the POG.

POG #s are not in our PDAs/scanners. I cannot scan an item and know which POG it belongs to, only an aisle location, and ONLY if I've tied it through the computer program (called JDA). If it hasn't been tied to a planogram, and it doesn't have a backroom location, I backstock it so it will have a location, from which I can pull it if/when we set the POG in the upcoming week. We are a PUSH store with minimal backroom space, and I suspect product is making it's way to the floor days prior to setting/tying POGs.

Canada is apparently over a decade behind in our programs/applications. Can't tell you how frustrating it is, especially when our estimated POG hours are based on the States averages.
 
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I Have more questions for you. On your PDA' s, are you using color screen apps? Sounds like the exf option is being used. If you have the item search option, just look for the book upper right hand side to access options like pog, promo, etc. Next question is, how many numbers are in your dpci's?
 
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I Have more questions for you. On your PDA' s, are you using color screen apps? Sounds like the exf option is being used. If you have the item search option, just look for the book upper right hand side to access options like pog, promo, etc. Next question is, how many numbers are in your dpci's?

We do have some colour on our screen. I've seen a screenshot of your Target guns - we don't have any red. The background is a whitish/grey and the screen buttons are blue and green. We do have a magnify symbol button that represents the item search/inquiry on the left (there are six buttons to choose from). After selecting the item inquiry and scanning a product there is no book on the top right. I believe we only have the house icon and the double arrow icon.

We don't refer to the # as a dpci. We call it an article ID #, and it is an eleven digit number beginning with three zeros. Example: one of our cameras is 00010251246.

I'll have to see if I can find a manual somewhere for the application. Canadian Target information is extremely hard to find. If I were to look up a manual for this exf application to read up a little bit more about what your scanners can do, what search term should I use?

Thanks!
 
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The input I have is largely contingent on if you can create a new POG fill, as others have said.

Unfortunately you will have to partner with your STL and ETL team to know exactly how they want you to execute your strategy, but the most cohesive system I have personally worked with is much different than the common model found in stores. In this practice, our plano team would tie and create the new POG fill for the POGs for the NEXT day at the end of their workday. In the evening a back room team member who was using plano team hours would pull the batches and prepare them for the next morning. This allowed the plano team to set and work their new merchandise out without waiting for the dayside backroom to pull the batches, which can sometimes delay the push process.

Since revisions tend to not bring much new merchandise to the sales floor, those would often be tied and pulled during the day.


This would be difficult in your case in that you do not know yet how much each team member is able to accomplish in a day or how time intensive each area tends to be. As others have said, you WILL get the hang of it. It can take a little bit of time, but it will get easier and more manageable, you just have to see it in action for a while and start seeing each area.




One more question, do you access a report that lets you know what POGs have been tied AND what POGs have had a new pull created? Here, if we tie a new POG, but do not create that new POG fill it leaves a giant red X in a column next to the POG in the computer letting you know you have not truly done all the work to finish a POG. This leads to a red score if we don't do both, so we always have to do both parts in our RF apps, which it sounds like you don't have.

Are you more or less still using the same system Zellers used in their model?
 
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One more question, do you access a report that lets you know what POGs have been tied AND what POGs have had a new pull created? Here, if we tie a new POG, but do not create that new POG fill it leaves a giant red X in a column next to the POG in the computer letting you know you have not truly done all the work to finish a POG. This leads to a red score if we don't do both, so we always have to do both parts in our RF apps, which it sounds like you don't have.

Are you more or less still using the same system Zellers used in their model?


We only have a very basic report that tells us a percentage of POGs that were 'tied' the prior week. We don't have one that tells us when a new pull was created. I believe the only way anyone knows we have set a POG is just based on whether I 'tie' it or not by clicking the button in our computer program (JDA).

I'm not sure what system Zellers used. Target and Zellers had no relationship to each other - other than taking over the lease to the buildings.
 
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