Muji of Japan recently opened a store in a storied retail location. The store is located in the 100 year old Meier & Frank building in downtown Portland returning a “department store” to this respected storefront.
The name is derived from Mujirushi (no-brand) Ryōhin (quality goods), Muji is noted by its design minimalism, emphasis on recycling, avoidance of waste in production and packaging, and no-logo or “no-brand” policy.
Inventory includes men’s and women’s clothing, home furnishings, food and stationary items. Also included in the store is a coffee shop and an alteration center.
Stopped by my area Dick’s Sporting Goods where I found a deeply discounted shirt that I could not pass up. This is the time of year when stores can be busy and lines can be long. That certainly was the case at Dick’s.
When I arrived at the checkout there were 12 customers in front of me when I glanced at my watch and wondered how long it would take to pay for the shirt. There were only two cashiers working and I debated whether I would wait in line or pass on the shirt. I decided to wait. I progressed through the line and finished paying for my shirt. Glancing at my watch, I realized that only four minutes had passed! That is a clearance rate that Wal-Mart would be proud of.
The cashiers definitely hustled. I was still treated friendly and professionally. They still took the time to check if I was a member of their loyalty club (I am). And they still promoted their fundraising program to fund kid’s sports ( donated $5 on a $25 purchase.
Being quick, friendly and efficient is always important at our registers. At the Holidays, this is particularly important. Well done, Dick’s Sporting Goods.