Anytime someone walks into a store, he or she is a potential customer. You let him or her know you are there to serve them and by doing that, you gain the confidence from them that they know who to look up when they want to buy something or to just look around. Those customers are the most important aspect of your client list for the rest of your tenure at the store.
I remember one day I was working with a customer, and Ned said he would take over. I wondered why. It seems the customer had forgotten to say he was there to buy from Ned and so, after moving aside and listening to Ned and his sales pitch, I found out the importance of the customer to the store and to those of us who worked there. I learned a lot just listening to Ned, and there were no hard feelings between him and me.
About a week later, Ned took care of one of my customers and rang it up in my number, giving me a nice start to my day.
That is what it is about. The working together of the sales people to make sure the customer comes first. So if you one day get a chance to work in a store, remember to acknowledge customers as they come through the door. Allow them to see what is available, and before they leave, let them know you want them to come back.
Good service is taking care of the customer. Don’t go off in a corner and wait for them to make the first move, because they might not come back without knowing they are welcome in your store. Let everyone know they are the reason you have a job. Treat all, including fellow employees, with grace because that is what they want. Greet them coming in and leaving, too.
Ray "Uncle Ray" Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at email@example.com.