dWhisper wrote:I had a couple of stints at Target spanning a few years. They are very consistent in setting up layouts, but individual stores are given a variety of freedom for setting up where endcaps and displays end up within a department. However, until the new planners are set, which for toys should happen in mid-January if they keep to their normal schedules and patterns, store and department managers are trying to fill in the gaps in departments that have been emptied by the holiday rush and follow-up Christmas stuff.
Okay, that all makes sense, but changeover seems to be based on individual stores. Halloween changeover varies by a few weeks to a month around where I live, and as I said I got my polybags in a Valentine's section that was already set up. Nearly all the shelves were fully stocked. Today is also the day that all the new 2017 sets start officially releasing. I know for a fact that Targets in my area have been sitting on LBM sets because I was able to have Clayface pulled by DCPI just after Christmas. So, it's not like they didn't have sets available to flood the shelves with last week. They just waited because they were probably marked to be stocked today. I remember being able to call up the four early release sets by DCPI, too, and the first time I did that (Notorious Lowrider), the guy who brought the set up front said they were dated the 27th, and that if that was a firm date the set wouldn't even ring up. But other than special requests, like mine, I never saw any of those sets at Target prior to the 27th. And I gotta tell you, Target's LEGO shelves were absolutely destroyed by Christmas, so holding onto all of that new product for a full week afterwards had to have been very difficult, what with kids being on the prowl to spend all their Christmas money.
Back when I worked there, it was called flexing in stuff, and you can find the tell-tale signs of that gap as they cover up labels on the existing shelves or put out products slightly early. Most of the stores I've been to have their seasonal section as a split of clearance stuff and the storage/cleanup that goes up for packing all the seasonal stuff away (the same layout comes in after Back to School and before Halloween... I have a sad amount of knowledge tucked away from my days there), so they don't have much in the way of Valentines stuff out yet.
Yeah, there was some Christmas clearance nearby, but the bulk of the space was converted over to Valentine's There's got to be some sort of district manager level, and maybe that's where a lot of the differences come from that I'm seeing between local experience and what you know from where you worked.
And anyways, if these polybags are officially designated to go into seasonal, wouldn't they fall under the seasonal department? Or is that kind of a multi-departmental department?