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pepsi64
12-18-2008, 06:43 PM
Does anyone here work for Pepsi Americas as a merchandiser or at any position at Pepsi Americas?

I'm thinking about applying for a merchandiser position there and I just wonder how they are to work for.

Thanks

fusion
12-18-2008, 07:01 PM
I don't work for PAS, but I can tell you that merchandising is hard work! But the pay is usually good.

Supra TT
12-18-2008, 07:57 PM
Yeah ^^^ X2...Be prepared to get your hands dirty and some long tough hours

pepsi64
12-19-2008, 09:48 AM
I didn't think it would be easy work. I'm guessing 10-12 hour workdays.

Mr Zabe
12-19-2008, 10:37 AM
It's not the hours that you would be working.
The physical labor and monotony is the hard part.
Basically you will be humping like a grunt trying
to cover each account as fast as you can.
The job is not easy, I have the highest respect
for these bottom line workers.

I worked for P&G as a merchandiser. It was not easy.
The store resets were a real pain in the a$s.

Android
12-19-2008, 03:18 PM
I worked briefly for Pepsi in Colorado as a Class A merchandiser, not sure if they still have the Class A/Class B setup anywhere. This was in COBO territory, what is now the PBG, and was many years ago when they first stared that A/B setup. Class A's stocked the large grocery stores and made the orders. Then, I was not shown everything I was supposed to cover at my four large accounts. Plus, one of them would typically take about 3-4 hours or more to stock due to the tiny size of the back room and the need to stack my stock with a forklift up to the ceiling every time I went in to load up my stocking cart. What it amounted to was about 60 hours of work a week, but they stated it needed to be done in 40. Immediately I knew that that kind of pressure was something I didn't need, so I left soon afterwards for a much different job (much lower pay too, but much more enjoyable). This was in the end of summer and I know it would have slowed down in the fall/winter, but I just felt too overloaded.

On my next to last day the Denver warehouse messed up on one of my orders, so after I had done my normal stuff, I took a short supper break, then went to the local warehose, grabbed a pickup truck, filled it up with the product I was out of, and went to go restock the store, which was the one with the tiny back room. I just went ahead and did everything I could, so my final day would be easier. I worked from 5am to 10pm.)

I didn't have to leave, as I could have accepted demotion to "Class B" -which are people that go to help the Class A people when they get behind, but I didn't want to do that either. I almost never had any help from Class Bs as it was. I had liked my previous time as a route assistant on the one traditional route left at that time in Northern Colorado (Estes Park) and didn't mind the afternoon/weekend merchandising job that got me started with Pepsi. But the full time stuff was just too much.

-Andy

Pepsi_Man
12-19-2008, 07:52 PM
We have small format merchandisers and large format. Small format is your ma and pop stores as well as IBS and C&G. They also are reset specialist. If you can get into small format. It's alot easier on the back!!! ;)

fusion
12-19-2008, 08:20 PM
I bet! I wish we had small format merchandisers...

Pepsi_Man
12-20-2008, 01:23 AM
I bet! I wish we had small format merchandisers...

We have 2 merchs for 10 reps. :mad:

ScottyLibido
12-22-2008, 10:11 AM
I worked in a union grocery store where the companies werent allowed to merch their own section, so I would always have to do it. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday Coke and Pepsi would come in. After doing both orders each day I was exhausted. I could only imagine the feeling of finishing at my store, then having to go start all over again at another store. My heart and back goes out to the full time merchandisers. You couldnt pay me enough for that job.

mofizz
12-22-2008, 11:22 AM
Large format merchandisers are probably the most important link in any presell DSD system. They can make or break a sales rep, and make life hell on a bulk driver in terms of backroom org. Tough work and alot of items to manage, little glory, usually less pay than a sales rep or driver. Merry Christmas to all the merchandisers out there! Cheers.

Android
12-22-2008, 02:19 PM
Driver? For me, doing large grocery stores, no route truck drivers bringing in stock. It was just pallets dumped off a semi for my orders. At the one account I mentioned, the one with the tiny back room, I had to be present at 5am when they got there to move/stack the pallets up in my "slot" up the ceiling using a walk-behind forklift. At my other accounts the semi driver would just dump my incoming orders in my general section of the back room and I'd have to unwrap and organize it myself.

-Andy

greg
12-22-2008, 03:34 PM
I say it would benefit you to try this position. If anything you will learn what real work is, however, there will be easy days as well.
If you take the position try and listen as much as you can from everyone. There is a type of code that goes along with the job and the sooner you learn it the better. This vernacular varies from region to region but it all encompasses the same information. Inrformation regarding load in, load out, type of product, type of service, etc.
Try and find your own natural rhythm. Try and set yourself up for the next day when putting away backstock, not just throwing it up any which way. Make a plan of how you are going to service the coolers,vending, the shelf and any incremental displays you have. Always have a plan of how you are going to work the store.
And if anything,,,,don't piss off the person who controls the back door!!!! This can not be stated enough. All of your product gets checked in by him and her and they can ruin a good day in a heartbeat. Always treat them with respect(even though sometimes they don't deserve it).

In the end work hard and do your job and you wil be rewarded not only by getting a decent paycheck but by store management and your peers.

mofizz
12-22-2008, 03:40 PM
Driver? For me, doing large grocery stores, no route truck drivers bringing in stock. It was just pallets dumped off a semi for my orders. At the one account I mentioned, the one with the tiny back room, I had to be present at 5am when they got there to move/stack the pallets up in my "slot" up the ceiling using a walk-behind forklift. At my other accounts the semi driver would just dump my incoming orders in my general section of the back room and I'd have to unwrap and organize it myself.

-Andy

Yes and I agree, but in our system, if the merchandiser doesn't condense backstock, organize damaged, and clear out a space to put the order away, it's the bulk man who gets screwed. I suppose everyone does it a little different.

Pepsi_Man
12-22-2008, 10:13 PM
I do small format. That's where the money is. It's still a headache but you are more hands on in small format. You throw your own load do your own resets, credits, empty coolers for pick up, fill coolers that got placed and the list goes on and on. Me personally, I would not go to large format. ;)

ampman
12-24-2008, 07:58 PM
i can tell you that as a merchandiser your at the mercy o the store manager. some will treat you like a dog some wont allow pallets out in the store or pallet jacks.get a back belt and get ready to get a work out

Pepsi_Man
12-24-2008, 10:12 PM
i can tell you that as a merchandiser your at the mercy o the store manager. some will treat you like a dog some wont allow pallets out in the store or pallet jacks.get a back belt and get ready to get a work out

Thats the truth. Then they let you use the pallet jack and you get the one with square wheels or frozen rollers!! :D

pepsimaxman
02-14-2009, 04:25 PM
I work for PAS in northeast ohio, as a large format merchandiser, 3 years now. We take great pride is out selling coke-cola 10 to 1 in our region. PAS is a very very good company to work for "IF" your full-time. Part timers only start out at $8 a hr and no gas millage, and it was hard to stick it out, but if you can eventually you will be rewarded with better pay and benefits.

Ron Swedelson
02-14-2009, 05:18 PM
Either way it is going to be work. If you do not want to be in that role for that long of a time, start busting your butt. Start selling extra displays for your sales reps. Communicate to your reps and their managers about out of stocks, over stocks, and opportunities. Always communicate with the store manager. You can either decide to be a merch as your job, or work like it is just step one in your sales career. I have interviewed many merchandisers that wanted to jump up to my sales team. Unfortunatly, just because you handle the product, doesnt mean you know the product. Be valuble, be a hard worker, and never slow down.

Mr Zabe
02-14-2009, 06:24 PM
Ron,
Very wise words. I remember a seasoned P&G sales rep. that gave
me the same advice when I started working. So true, about knowing
your product inside out and busting your butt for all aspects requested
by your rep and store mangers.

lordmadone
02-24-2009, 07:49 PM
Good advice all around. I think my biggest advice most of all is if you want to move up...BE HUNGRY! Be agressive! A guy I know who works for CCE that merchandises 3 of my 5 stops on my route for coke is probably bare none one of the most agressive guys for merchandising they have but they could care less..if we had someone like him on PBG I would gladly treat him to lunch everyday. I had a crappy merchandiser running my route for a good 4-6 months and his superiors did little to resolve the situation..it was stressful and time consuming..and worst of all he had been at the company longer then me..so he knew his job he just didn't want to do it. I love my job and my company..don't let it beat you down like it does some people..to this day I can honestly say I love my job. I know what its like being a Merch(merchandiser) all too well. I put in a good solid two years of work..especially in '06 when we were doing record business..and even when I was a temp. The work is hard but rewarding. Stay focused and be consistent..thats the best generalized advice you can get. A good sales rep will appreciate it and take care of you.

Adam@Vabeachbeverages
03-06-2009, 11:53 PM
A good Sales Rep will always take care of you. We are currently hiring for more merchandisers at Virginia Beach Beverages. We are finally using tractor trailers to go to our grocery stores. We were always short on merchandisers, because nobody wanted to put in the effort to do such a hard frustrating job. lordmadone said above that the job can be rewarding and this is very true. Us employees at 7up get a discount on soda if we buy from our warehouse. We also have a cooler where we could drink soda and Pepsi owned products whenever we want to. I would take these free drinks and either drink them or make trades with some bakery vendors. Ha Ha! Unfortunately for quite a while we had to deliver to grocery stores and work stuff up right then, because we were short on merchandiser help; Therefore, alot of us Route drivers were late getting to our other grocery stores. We were not always authorized by the reciever to drop our product and come back to work it. Last I remember, we only had 1 merchandiser on the entire Peninsula. I would like to get on one of our new tractor trailers or at least new to 7up, and deliver which I am class A licensed to do, or I could go maybe to Pepsi Norfolk. Unfortunately, from what I understand, they are on a hiring freeze; although, I might actually be thinking of Pepsi Peninsula on a hiring freeze. lordmadone, Do you know anyone from Virginia Beach Beverages? If so, who?

lordmadone
03-16-2009, 09:45 PM
I know a few random guys at VBB but I know them more so by face then name..you know how that goes.