Monday, October 17, 2005



BBW Vocab

I love my job and it amuses me. Hence, a guide so it can amuse the normal world too.

BBW: Bath and Body Works. I'm not sure what most people are searching for when they Google this, but you won't find it here.

Flagship: The more extensive type of BBW stores; ours is the only one in South Carolina. This means we carry lots of third-party (i.e. clinical and expensive) brands- Molton Brown, Wexler, Awake, Biotherm, etc.

Core- This is mostly what you find; they carry the traditional products, but also ones the company owns, like C.O. Bigelow and Le Couvant. Although lacking in variety, they have the advantage of smaller stores and thus less floor space to mop.

Rooms: Divide the store; we have four and then the registers; for example, clinical is in room two and the popular products are in room four. We have the second largest space in the company; most have two or three.

Limited Brands: Our umbrella company, also encompasses The Limited, Express, Structure, Victoria's Secret, and White Barn Candle.

Ken Montero: The VP of Bath and Body Works itself. He led the team that came to reward us in February for being second in the country in holiday sales, behind only the Cleveland home store. The crew therefore considers him a close, personal friend and screams "Yeah, Ken!" whenever his name is mentioned or we see him in a training video.

CSL: Kind of a part-time manager, we have one of these and three regular managers. What I love about my store is that the leaders aren't afraid to get down on the floor and clean if they have to. Usually cause they broke something.

Floorset: When we put out new products on the sales floor and move around the others. Just finished our third holiday one and I think we've all had enough.

DBR: Stands for the fancy Daily Beauty Rituals- in other words, your basic body creams, shower gels, bubble baths in traditional flavors- sweet pea, moonlight path, and so on.

Antibac: The antibacterial soaps that are the bane of associates' existence. They're always a mess but when they go to two bucks- people go insane and you could spend hours making them look pretty again.

Wallflowers: Like Glade Plug-ins, only nicer and refillable. You put 'em in an outlet and they're supposed to last a couple months. Unless you live in the South, in which case they go faster from the humid heat. Bringing the crazies out in even bigger droves when they're half off.

On-call: When you have to call an hour or two before the shift to see if you have to work or not, and it's usually the opposite of whichever one you want.

If that doesn't make sense- well, you're just gonna be SOL for the rest of the holiday season, aren't you?

20 Comments:

At 10/17/2005 11:57:00 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

Less floor space also means less product that can be destroyed by a clumsy employee, right? Of course, it also means one clumsy employee could more easily wipe out the entire store (harder to do in a bigger store).

Not that I'm saying any of the employees at your store are clumsy...

 
At 10/18/2005 08:23:00 AM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Do you get extra perks for doing free company advertising on your blog???

 
At 10/18/2005 08:29:00 AM, Blogger TC said...

LOL this is some of what I found when I googles BBW:

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At 10/18/2005 09:32:00 AM, Blogger bigwhitehat said...

Ahh the joys of retail.

 
At 10/18/2005 05:11:00 PM, Blogger Rose~ said...

I usually don't go into Bath & Body Works because it makes my mouth water. There is something about lotion that makes you hungry that just isn't right. I want to eat it!!!

 
At 10/18/2005 05:32:00 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Wow! Thanks! I had forgotten that I had wondered about those things!

 
At 10/18/2005 07:34:00 PM, Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i've never been to this store, i don't think they have them in canada, well, ontario, anyway. we do have the body shop, which i'm guessing it similar to your store, and i love that store.

 
At 10/18/2005 09:21:00 PM, Blogger Matthew said...

I hope you get something for giving them this awesome plug!!! :-)

 
At 10/18/2005 11:15:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

i worked retail for years before my oldest daughter was born. I am a people person and it was a great job for me. Sounds like you make a good employee. I would love to have had you on my team...You go girl

 
At 10/18/2005 11:30:00 PM, Blogger Bar Bar A said...

I LOVE THIS STORE! Can I come work with you? Does your store carry Boscia and DDF?

What's your favorite BBW fragrance? Mine is Moonlit Path............

:)

 
At 10/19/2005 04:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The BS sells BBW now!

Yeehah!

Alice, Jill, and Kelli

 
At 10/19/2005 11:31:00 AM, Anonymous Stacy said...

What????? SOL??????

 
At 10/19/2005 12:00:00 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

Yeah, Stacy, I'm with you: I was shocked--SHOCKED!!!--that our little Nettie would even know that abbreviation, much less think or type it.

 
At 10/19/2005 09:07:00 PM, Blogger Career Guy said...

SOL? Anyone knows what that means: Sore Obnoxious Loser.

Hey Nettie, so you finished second behind the Cleveland store? Woo-hoo--Cleveland Rocks!

 
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