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Fri 3rd Mar, 2017 will be...

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The First Friday in March
  • 3rd Mar, 2017
  • 4th Mar, 2016
  • 6th Mar, 2015

Founded:

March 2000 by Maura Schreier-Fleming

There’s a task amongst your employees that requires a certain skill set, an incredibly ability to identify what’s needed and when, and to know every square inch of your store like the back of their hand. They have to be able to discern the needs of your customers when the customers themselves don’t even know and point them in the right direction when the customers are violating that most important of policies “The customer is always right”. Salesperson Day is dedicated to celebrating these intrepid souls and their ability to navigate the hellish pit that is…

retail.

History of Salesperson Day
Salespersons have an incredibly difficult job and are often the employee that does the most foot-miles per day around the store they work in. They know every product, every nook and cranny, and every hidden stockpile in the mythical back room. They are expected to be the all-knowing repository of everything their store contains and, as if they are part of some worldwide hive mind of salespeople, often what’s going on at other stores, including their competitors. Salesperson Day commemorates these amazing people and was established to ensure that they do not go unrecognized.

Celebrating Salesperson Day
Celebrating Salesperson Day can be a fun and rewarding experience, you need merely go out into the world and treat the salespeople you come into contact with dignity and respect. That alone will give them an experience they don’t often receive as part of their workday. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even go so far as to bring them little gifts of recognition (though do be careful, some stores have policies against receiving gifts from customers).

If you really want to understand the lives of salespeople, there are a number of places you can go on the internet to read stories that are so utterly improbable as to strain believability. That they come in such droves from the members of the sales staff is the only thing that lends them credibility. Take, for instance, the tale from http://www.notalwaysright.com where a customer requests a vegan beef burger. Not a tofu, not a veggie burger, apparently the customer wanted actual beef that was somehow also vegan. There was also the time that a customer attempted to return clearly used merchandise, and these honest number in the thousands. There are so many permutations of people trying to take advantage of staff just trying to help them that it strains the imagination. Salesperson Day is your opportunity to show how much you appreciate their efforts, and perhaps remind yourself to not be one of these people.

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