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Become A Merchandising Associate

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Working As A Merchandising Associate

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $21,780

    Average Salary

What Does A Merchandising Associate Do At Staples

* Delivers exceptional customer service
* Responds resourcefully to customer requests and concerns
* Processes accurate and efficient sale and return transactions
* Understands and utilizes basic selling skills to properly engage and present solutions to our customers
* Creates an inviting environment for customers by maintaining a neat and clean store
* Perform front end responsibilities such as cashier, returns, and reserve online pick up in store with no impact to the customer experience
* Adheres to all company policies procedures & safety standards
* Able to multitask on assorted merchandising and sales responsibilities
* Performs other related duties as assigned
* Qualifications

What Does A Merchandising Associate Do At Mattel

* Assist visual merchandising manager in the execution of display window changes, merchandise changes and planogram layouts, and graphic changes.
* Create dynamic displays using dolls and complementary product.
* Keep current on product knowledge.
* Demonstrate flexibility in prioritizing tasks based on business need and to troubleshoot when product availability becomes an issue.
* Maintain the overall visual and merchandising standards of the store consistent with the organization’s vision of the brand.
* Develop and maintain positive, cooperative relationships with staff, management, and corporate partners.
* Provide assistance to customers as needed.
* Stock merchandise when needed

What Does A Merchandising Associate Do At Sears Holdings

* Take ownership for enhancing the customer experience.
* Partner with selling associates, sales support associates and cashiers to provide superior customer service (i.e., locate merchandise, assist customers, answer phones, ring register).
* Set and maintain sales floor to national merchandising and presentation standards.
* Set plan-o-grams, endcaps, bulk stacks, pad resets, and typicals.
* Perform promotional ad setup and take down without error or omission.
* Perform accurate count updates and inventory adjustments.
* Print, sort, and set non-promotional, promotional, and seasonal signing, including store-wide and event signing.
* Adhere to merchandise protection standards.
* Fully optimizes credit, gift card, Shop Your Way Rewards and multi-channel opportunities (and, where applicable: Protection Agreements, Merchandise Replacement Agreements, and other miscellaneous income opportunities).
* Perform other duties as assigned

What Does A Merchandising Associate Do At Sears Hometown and Outlet

* Assembles and cleans merchandise, including minor cosmetic repairs
* Places the initial price labels (and as advertised sales price tags, if applicable) on merchandise according to Company pricing guidelines before it is taken to the sales floor
* Sanitizes bedding and prepares bedding for the sales floor
* Logs/tracks products prepared for sale, and monitors productivity and accomplishments daily
* Develops a "team" environment with the sales floor by helping maintain a clean and organized sales presentation
* Reports and responds to unsafe and/or unethical conditions in the Outlet Store to Store Management
* Provides regular feedback and ideas to the Merchandise Preparation Lead for store procedure enhancements
* Maintains a clean, safe and hostile-free work environment
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Merchandising Associate Do At Fedex Office

* This is a representative list of the general duties the position may be asked to perform, and is not intended to be all-inclusive)
* Create and maintain retail product layout schematics (plan-o-grams) via professional software such as JDA Intactix
* Maintain accurate records of deployed plan-o-grams by Center for use in retail analysis and space planning
* Facilitate the creation of the retail product component of the field communication vehicle on a regular basis including special alerts as needed
* Serve on company-wide merchandising initiatives to support visual team such as real estate remodels
* Refine retail merchandising processes to improve field compliance and ease of execution
* Create fixture orders as needed using procurement system (ePro) ordering tool

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How To Become A Merchandising Associate

Typically, there are no formal education requirements for retail sales workers. Most receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts a few days to a few months.


Although retail or parts sales positions usually have no formal education requirements, some employers prefer applicants who have a high school diploma or equivalent, especially employers who sell technical products or “big-ticket” items, such as electronics or cars.


Most retail sales workers receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts a few days to a few months. In small stores, an experienced employee often trains newly hired workers. In large stores, training programs are more formal and usually conducted over several days.

During training sessions, topics often include customer service, security, the store’s policies and procedures, and how to operate the cash register.

Depending on the type of product they are selling, employees may be given additional specialized training. For example, salespersons working in cosmetics get instruction on the types of products the store offers and for whom the cosmetics would be most beneficial. Likewise, those who sell computers may be instructed on the technical differences between computer products.

Because providing exceptional service to customers is a priority for many employers, employees often get periodic training to update and refine their skills.


Retail sales workers typically have opportunities to advance to supervisory or managerial positions. Some employers want candidates for managerial positions to have a college degree.

As sales workers gain experience and seniority, they often move into positions that have greater responsibility and may be given their choice of departments in which to work. This opportunity often means moving to positions with higher potential earnings and commissions. The highest earnings potential usually involves selling “big-ticket” items—such as cars, jewelry, furniture, and electronics. These positions often require workers with extensive knowledge of the product and an excellent talent for persuasion.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Retail sales workers must be responsive to the wants and needs of customers. They should explain the product options available to customers and make appropriate recommendations.

Interpersonal skills. A friendly and outgoing personality is important for these workers because the job requires almost constant interaction with people. 

Math skills. Retail sales workers must have the ability to calculate price totals, discounts, and change owed to customers.

Persistence. A large number of attempted sales may not be successful, so sales workers should not be discouraged easily. They must start each new sales attempt with a positive attitude.

Selling skills. Retail sales workers must be persuasive when interacting with customers. They must clearly and effectively explain the benefits of the merchandise.

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Merchandising Associate Career Paths

Merchandising Associate
Warehouse Associate Forklift Operator Security Officer
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Service Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Merchandising Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Security Officer Account Manager
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Merchandise Coordinator Merchandising Manager Sales Manager
General Sales Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Senior Sales Representative Sales Manager
Market Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Merchandiser
Merchandising Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Merchandise Coordinator Merchandiser Account Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Merchandising Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Driver Dispatcher
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Key Holder Office Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Account Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager General Manager Account Executive
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Sales Manager
Territory Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Key Holder Home Health Aid Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Merchandising Associate Demographics


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  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Korean

  • German

  • Cantonese

  • Tagalog

  • Polish

  • Hindi

  • Ukrainian

  • Filipino

  • Indonesian

  • Vietnamese

  • Urdu

  • Arabic

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Real Merchandising Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Merchandising Associate de Beers Diamond Jewellers Us, Inc. New York, NY Nov 01, 2011 $74,000 -
Build Merchandising Associate Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Sep 04, 2012 $70,429 -
Visual Merchandising Associate Sarar USA Inc. Little Falls, NJ Feb 17, 2016 $62,754
Senior Distribution & Merchandising Associate Smarter Travel Media, LLC New York, NY Aug 20, 2015 $60,029 -
Merchandising Associate Centro39, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2016 $58,240
Merchandising Associate Adore Me, Inc. New York, NY Sep 09, 2015 $55,000
Merchandising Associate Quidsi, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Aug 21, 2014 $55,000
Merchandising Associate Quidsi, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Aug 27, 2013 $55,000
Fashion Merchandising Associate Randall Apparel LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $45,000

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Top Skills for A Merchandising Associate


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Top Merchandising Associate Skills

  1. New Merchandise
  2. Customer Service Skills
  3. Sales Floor
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Organize sales floor to adequately fit all new merchandise as well as mark down items.
  • Maintained excellent customer service skills.
  • Processed merchandise to floor ready standards and assisted the Merchandise Team Lead with the placement of merchandise on sales floor.
  • Display merchandise presentation Maintain housekeeping standards of designate areas including ongoing recoveries & fitting room.
  • Operate cash drawer; make change, credit card transactions, and handle cash.

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