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Retail Merchandising Jobs - What Are Retail Merchandising Jobs?

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Retail merchandisers work in retail stores ensuring that the products they represent are well-stocked and displayed in the store. Some common retail merchandising jobs involve product training, resets and demonstrations.

When a manufacturer is heavily advertising an in-demand product, they will often send representatives from their company to the retailer to share product information, such as how it works, who will use it and how to advertise it. This is called product training. The product trainers also set up the product and hand out advertising materials.

Resets are huge projects. They involve merchandisers taking down products and shelving and replacing them with new products and displays. Sometimes older merchandise is moved to a different part of a store. Sometimes the products are a mixture of old and new.

Product demonstrations are common at wholesale club stores, like Costco and Sam’s Club. Demonstrators offer shoppers the opportunity to try their company’s new product. The most common product is food, although there are other products demonstrated, such as medicine or household products.

If you’re interested in finding a job in the merchandising field, college education is usually not required, although it’s preferred that you have some retail experience, such as stocking, sales, mystery shopping or even cashier work. There are several Web sites that can help you find jobs as a merchandiser. If you live in or around a major city, you may want to look on Craigslist.org to see if there are any jobs locally. They usually have one-time product demonstration jobs. Some other good sites are Volition.com and the National Association for Retail Marketing Services Web site (www.narm.com). Volition.com has a forum where recruiters post jobs frequently, and it also offers tips, advice and information about the companies. Narm.com is the site used by major companies and is free to sign up. It allows you to search for jobs or you can have them sent directly to you.

The schedule for retail merchandising can vary, but it’s usually fairly flexible. You’ll often have to stop in to stores at least once a week, but you can sometimes plan which days work best for you. However, most work has to be done during the week before a certain time. One exception is product demonstrations, where you’re trying to sell products and most companies want you to work weekends, the busiest shopping time.

When choosing a merchandising company to work for, be sure to research them and make sure they are legit. Also, be sure you understand what the pay is. It can range from minimum wage to $15 an hour, and may or may not include mileage reimbursement. You will be doing a lot of traveling as a retail merchandiser, so it’s in your best interest to find a company that does reimburse you for mileage. Make sure you also understand your route and the time requirements involved.

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