A simple idea but not quite as simple in practice. You still see empty shelves in the day, you see aisles blocked because people are restocking during peak shopping times and you see trash (Broken down boxes) etc. cluttering the store. All of these are signs the store has put no planning into how to stock shelves.
|Store Shelves Being Stocked|
During Prime Shopping Time
I will say one of the most sophisticated processes I have seen is at Home Depot. At Home Depot, carts are built at the RDC (Large cross dock) which tell the store exactly what aisle and location on the planograph those products go. Yes, it takes more at the RDC but it makes stocking shelves in the store much simpler. This ensures a few things:
- The store associates can help customers and not stock shelves.
- The cart is there, shelves are stocked and it is gone. Out of the way of the customers.
- Minimizes complex training on the store floor.