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  1. #1
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    Default Pepsi Merchandiser

    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

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    I don't work for PAS, but I can tell you that merchandising is hard work! But the pay is usually good.

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    Yeah ^^^ X2...Be prepared to get your hands dirty and some long tough hours

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    I didn't think it would be easy work. I'm guessing 10-12 hour workdays.

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    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.
    Don't worry, be happy. Meher Baba

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    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
    Give me some cane sugar real Pepsi in a glass bottle... and not Throwback!

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    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!!!
    "It's not my job to say what doesn't sell. My job is distribution!"

    Los Angeles Market Unit (LAMU)

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    I bet! I wish we had small format merchandisers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fusion View Post
    I bet! I wish we had small format merchandisers...
    We have 2 merchs for 10 reps.
    "It's not my job to say what doesn't sell. My job is distribution!"

    Los Angeles Market Unit (LAMU)

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    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.

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