29 thoughts on “August 2, 2017

  1. I know crystal, I know. I wish logic would work with mega corporations but they usually don’t. Kinda like how my work is letting everyone go 3 weeks before the store closes then wonders who is going to help close the store.

    • The problem is people removing stock from precounted areas without correcting the counts. Or, alternatively, refusing to touch counted stock. I’ve run into both — option A is a pain when you’re busy, option B loses sales.

  2. Enter the Sanzen. This is when his revenge takes place. The audit was spot on last year. care to make a bet that it will be off this year. Marla will be suspect but Brice will support?

      • > You’re a bit late to the party. A bunch of us had the same thought on Monday.
        Arrogant much? Not everyone lives and dies by the funny pages.

    • Probably a side effect pf whatever had the site not update for a day, just give them time I am sure it will be worked out.

    • When I was in college a local department store closed for inventory and had a bunch of us college kids come in and count for them. We did it as community outreach. I have no idea how accurate the counts were. ha

        • probably the college providing students labor as “community outreach” on behalf of the college…
          nowadays it would probably be called an unpaid internship though those usually have higher job prospects for the students than working free for a retail store.

    • My mother worked at a department store for years. They would close for a day and do inventory, and unless it was a school day (it normally wasn’t) I would help with the counting. This would have been in the early 1980s.

  3. I work at a gas station. Audit days are a nightmare. You can’t put any deliveries away until they are done so it sits in the middle of the floor. They tear the place up and make messes while they count and they always screw things up.

  4. I hate being open during inventory. Trying to monitor what customers buy while the count is ongoing, then wondering if you missed something, or if the shortage is because a customer bought the item before the section was counted but after the sales report was printed.

  5. The store I worked in, before they family that owned them sold the controlling shares to a firm mind you, used to delay opening to do inventory.

    I always loved it then because being an assistant manager, I’d come in at 9 and just stand around until around 2pm or so when RGIS would be done counting and we’d open up….and most of my day would be over.

  6. I used to work at a catalog showroom 30 yrs ago. We did inventory ourselves (no RGIS) at the end of January on a Saturday; after closing regular hours at 6pm.

    Once, we kept calling the store was closing 15, 10, 5 mins. We checked twice and thought everyone was out. After we headed to a little nook corner with big luggage at about 6:30, there were still 2 customers ‘browsing’ back there hidden by the bigger displays in front.

    They finally said they wanted something and we said we couldn’t sell it to them since we had already reprogrammed every register to do inventory counts already. (Cassette tape loaded NCR 2151’s). They claimed to have not heard the announcements and were upset we were closing ‘early’ to do inventory without posting it. 6pm was our normal Saturday closing time, posted on the doors.

    Imagine shutting the entire store down all day for inventory — They’d think you’ve gone out of business then due to lack of reading ability.

  7. Shouldn’t that last panel read “…Because we’re CRAZY to think such things” instead of “…Because we’re LAZY to think such things”?!?

    • It could go either way. But Stuart has often said Marla was being lazy when she didn’t want to go the 3000 extra miles Corporate required. The idea of being closed for a day (and losing business) is anathema to a money grubber like Stuart who wants everyone to give to the uttermost farthing while making the smallest amount of money possible. So to have the luxury of no customers bothering you during an inventory is being “lazy” and not being loyal to the company who is never loyal to you!

    • “Crazy” works, too.

      But what Marla is saying here is that retail workers are stereotyped to be lazy.

      So any time that an employee is overworked (which is nearly always) and tries to find a way to simplify things, both Corporate and the customers will always assume that the employee is just being lazy and doesn’t want to work.

      As others have pointed out, it used to be routine for retail stores to close for inventory. It also was routine for retail stores to be a lot less short-handed than they are now.

      But these days, any suggestion that retail workers make to try to lighten their OVER-workload is automatically perceived as laziness.

  8. The last store I worked in, a family-owned bead store, would close for the entire day to do the counts. No one extra; just the boss, hubby, manager, boss’s son, and we sales people. We generally started at 8am.

    We didn’t count every bead on every string (although we counted every string of beads), but we had to count all the loose ones. We did it New Year’s day, or sometimes the 2nd. Always ALWAYS there was someone who wanted in, even though the sign that we’d be closed was up for three weeks prior.

    The boss lady only let one person in during the four years I worked there – and that was because a) she was a regular, and b) the woman knew exactly what she wanted and exactly where it was, and c) was content to stay at the register while the boss got it.

    Everyone else? No, because they wanted to “just look around.” We didn’t have time for that. We wanted to be done in time for dinner!

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