By: Anonymous Guest Lister
Disclaimer from the editors: This is funnier if you work retail.
** Please note. This disgruntled employee quit the Un-Named retail store the following day after 8 years at this store. He left his position to bike across the west coast, and left this list as his parting wisdom.
HOW TO BE A DAIRY BUYER AND NOT DIE IN THE ATTEMPT
- Expect people say that you are ordering too much when they take a look to the wastage.
- Expect people say that you are ordering to little when they take a look to the fridge.
- Never expect to get everything that you ordered
- Always expect to get something that you didn’t order
- Always expect to get something that is not in the system.
- Do not expect to get all the invoices.
- Do not expect that the invoices will be correct.
- Expect to claim at least 1 credit request a day.
- Do not expect to get the credit request without being nasty with the suppliers (especially with Simple Simon)
- Expect the Private Label products coming with 3 days of shelf life.
- Expect to have to take a deep breath before checking the margin
- Expect to explain the same thing about the margin every 4 weeks.
- Expect to get some out of date products from de supplier everyday.
- Do not expect that products that we have been selling for years are going to be in the system.
- Expect to spend at least 3-4 hours a day in the fridge (3-degrees C)
- Always expect that labels disintegrate by it own.
- Always expect team members from other departments taking things from the fridge without asking and without recording it.
- Expect everyone leaving everything that they don’t want (basically rubbish) in the walk-in fridge.
- Expect everyone taking everything that they need (cleaning products, blue rolls, pens, plastic bags, trolleys…) from the walk-in fridge.
- Conclusion: Do not have any good expectations. If something goes wrong you will be ready. If not, you will be happy.