Our family business involves merchandising and retail consulting. Sometimes we take on jobs that really kick us in the tail. We did one of those jobs Friday night. We went into the store at 9 PM Friday and didn't leave that store until 10:05 AM Saturday.
When we first took on the job, we were told that it could take as long as twelve hours to do it. We knew it would take awhile, but we figured between the two of us that we could knock it out in half that time and still have done a better job than is usually done in this particular store. As it turns out, that was wishful thinking.
The wall that we were merchandising was sixteen feet long and seven feet high. Shelf after shelf of nail care products (pretty colors and effects!) and about two hundred hooks for hanging items had to be completely reset. Hooks broke, shelves wouldn't reattach to their backers, and pretty much anything that could go wrong did go wrong. In one instance, a worker was going to help us locate the needed hooks to replace the broken ones, but his manager got onto him for doing so. She told him "We have a business to run; they can take care of themselves." OY!
Often, it seems as though the stores do not want help getting things done correctly. This particular business is bad about just throwing things wherever they will fit (and sometimes even if they don't fit!) and not worrying about things being in their correct location according to the shelf tags. In the instance of the shelf that wouldn't reattach, a worker went to get us a new one and never returned so the products that should have been on that shelf could not be put on display. We had to leave them in a buggy for a worker to set later. Very frustrating!
But, I think that we did a fine job. At least Siren Red is now is the Siren Red slot rather than hiding in the Pastel Pink slot.