A Nice Touch – Williams-Sonoma

While purchasing a new piece  of cookware at William-Sonoma, I was invited to join their rewards program, The Key.  The cashier turned to another employee and asked how to  enroll the person on the register so that the customer does not have to go through the hassle of using the small and glitchy keypad.  ANTImage result for williams sonoma

Tis the season to hustle

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.

What is the word for “Unhello” ?

Pavel Krok

A 20-something man wearing an Oregon Ducks t-shirt, a young mother pushing a running stroller wearing yoga pants, a 50-something guy shorts and a button down shirt and a teenager in a letter jacket walk into a store.  Kind of sounds like a joke.  Unfortunately, it is not.

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Too much of a good thing

powells-bookmarksStopped by Powell’s Books the other day for a few items a book the other day, Alone on the Wall by Alex Hannold (I highly recommend it if you enjoy outdoor sports writing) and as usual, I ended up with a few other things.  With my three books, three magazines and a Clark chocolate bar, I approached the cashier.

The cashier was very pleasant offering a warm hello and engaging me in banter as she began to ring up my purchase.  As she scanned the first book, she placed a bookmark inside of the book.

“That’s ok.  I don’t need any more Powell’s bookmarks,” I interjected.

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The walk around

At every specialty shop that we made purchases in while traveling in Europe, we noticed one common practice.  I call it “the walk around.”

When the cashier or salesperson completes the transaction and after they have carefully wrapped or bag your new purchase, the they take the item and walk around from behind the counter.  Once facing you, they thank you for your business and then carefully pass the package to you.  This is a great way to show the value they place on you and your purchase.

I posted about this last month when I saw the same practice at Nordstrom. Walk it around

I think this is a practice that specialty shops and premium stores should copy.

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Passing through Nordstrom today, I spotted a cosmetics saleswoman finishing up with a customer.

The Nordstrom employee stepped around from behind the counter and handed the bag carefully to the customer.  Handing over the bag she said, “Thanks for shopping with us today.  I hope to see you again soon.  Enjoy your day”  speaking in an earnest and sincere tone with a smile on her face.  Well done!

That is just one of the little things that you will see at Nordstrom that exemplifies their incredible service.

A nice finish

omnitechI stopped at the local Outlet Mall the other day to do some shopping and some observation.  It was a warm and sunny day and may of the stores had their doors open to deal with the heat.

Being a fan of the brand and a citizen of the PNW, I stopped by the Columbia Sportswear Outlet where they had a great sale going on.  I quickly found several items that I was shopping for so I headed to the registers where there were a number of waiting cashiers.

“I can help you right here,” came a greeting from the nearest register.

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In retail history

UPCEOn June 26th, 1974, a cashier at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio ushered in the modern era of retail cashiering when the scanned the first item sold with a Universal product Code or UPC.

The first UPC codes were developed and patented in the 30s and 40s with the first practical attempts to use UPC coming in the 1960s when railroads experimented with multi-color codes for tracking rail cars.  The experiment was not successful and the railroads discontinued their use.

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