Yes, it’s true- we do count things all day long! Each store closes for 1 to 3 days (1 for the Jewel Box and Inspired By Oregon and 2 or 3 for Paddington). The inventory team – made up for staff members dedicated to individual stores as well as managerial staff- break into teams of two and go fixture by fixture, table by table and count and touch everything. We go through all our stockrooms, open all the cabinets and drawers. And everything gets CLEANED- under fixtures, behind mirrors, on landings, behind bookcases (if they move!)- you name it, we’ve cleaned it!
Occasionally, Pam and Don choose to redo the floors in the stores. Last year, we refinished the floors in the Jewel Box. This year, we refinished the floors in Paddington- and what an adventure that was!! Everything in the store gets moved- clothing racks are moved into the back of Inspired By Oregon, product is put in moving boxes and taken to the lower level or into stockrooms. Fixtures are moved onto the linoleum in the card department and any other place it will fit. The Floor refinishing company does one half of the floor at a time, so we moved everything to one side on Tuesday night and came back on Thursday morning to move everything to the other side!!! (Check out our moving pictures in our Photo Gallery!) On Friday, we moved fixtures, product and clothing racks back to where they came from- the store is never cleaner than it is the first day we are open after inventory.
These days are true labors of love for our staff. Not only does it give us a chance to touch everything we have, but it gives us a chance to come together as a staff. These are the days we really get to know each other- we work side by side, as long as it takes to finish. These are the days that make us stronger as a staff, as a team.