Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The Sample Sale Is Coming!

Well, I'm sorry that I haven't updated this blog in a while, I've been hassled about it, but like that's anything new. Sometimes it really makes me wonder why I ever started the dang thing. If I didn't have a weblog, I'd probably have to e-mail people individually to let them know what's going on, but even when I do post, I still get e-mails asking for response. Oh well.

Anyway, I had a very busy day of work today at the North Face. We are having a Sample Sale this year, which is when we sell off all of the salesman's samples from the last year at a dramatically reduced price. However, this is insane because we received 1100 boxes today. In a normal shipment we might get 200. So we got over 5 times as much (about one full semi-truck load) product in one day. This means that over the course of the day, 8am-11am we got all the boxes out of the truck and CRAMMED onto our tiny loading dock so that the trucker could leave. Then from 11-6pm we moved boxes into the building and around 3pm some of us got to consolidate the smaller boxes into bigger boxes. WHOOPEE! It was very tiring but a lot of fun, and our boss bought us all pizza and drinks for lunch because he knows how hard of a day it was for us all.

The little boxes were funny because we had about 400 of them. They are about the size of a medium pizza box, and each contained and average of ONE item. For example, a hat or a pair of gloves, just rolling around in there. We filled half a dumpster with the cardboard from those tiny boxes, and all the product consolidated into like one box!

The reason that the garments were like this was because they keep individually boxed items at the warehouse so that they can send out the one sample when they are requested, and they had those left over. AWESOME! Another cool thing about the day was that Sarah was in Freeport with her clients teaching them comparison shopping, and so we got to say hi and hug. Unfortunately I had to get back to work, as did she, but it was nice to see her again.

What else?

Oh yes, so I finished my book called "The Wal-Mart Effect" and it was very good, and provided a nice and objective approach to the wal-mart phenomenon. It really shed some light on some important ideas, but as the book inself admits, wal-mart is so secretive with it's information that it is hard to pin down solid facts.

I should be heading to bed. My roommate, Tanner, has to get up at 6:30am for work, so he's already in bed and he is snoring! LOUDLY. It's kind of comical.

I've still got a lot of things on my list to do, but to be perfectly honest, now that Tanner and I are home at reletively the same time, we end up play Age Of Mythology a lot over the LAN. Oh well. At least I know I'll get things done on monday.


Anonymous said...

Hey You know walmart is tricky too. Iwas looking at the clearance rack of panties and bras and all of them have been red tagged for clearance...but the tricky part is most of them have been red tagged with the ORIGINAL PRICE!!!! So you think your getting a bargain but you aren't nasty tricksy people there.

Jonathan said...

Yay, I haven't really updated since September 1st, 2005 - and yet... no one is really clamouring about it to me - so I don't know what is going to happen with my blog.

I'd like to hear more about this Wal-Mart book thinger though.