Ad Tags!!!
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overworkednunder paid

Austin, TX

#1 Sep 18, 2013
due to the recent issue of the price fixing, I am wondering how your stores are now handling the ad tags. We were told at 9pm on Saturday night to stop whatever we were doing and take down the old tags. Keep in mind that this is after someone one has spent most of the day putting out the new tags on top of the old ones and that there are only three people working at that time. also, why do we have monthly, bi-weekly, and weekly tags for the same blessed item?

Since: Apr 12

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#2 Sep 18, 2013
No change in how we handle them here. We've always started taking them down somewhere between 7-9pm sat nights. I personally wish there were a way to get all the old ones down before putting up new ones, but they want every possible sale they can get here, so the old ones have to be up all damn day with the new ones unfortunately, making it a confusing scramble to handle later. 24-hr stores being the exception, of course, where we'd have overnight employees/SFL's handling it.Regardless of how early you start, though, with all the tags looking so similar, looking for the old tags feels like we're playing "Where's Waldo", which is a bit much with 2,500 Waldos to find, and limited time to find them.

I just miss the good old days of red/blue weekly, and megas being on a separate tag all together. But of course, they had to go and try to fix what wasn't broken, and now they'll pay for it with this lawsuit. It would be nice if the people making these decisions ever had a clue of what works in a store and what doesn't, but I'm aware that's asking far too much these days.
Altec Lansing

San Antonio, TX

#3 Sep 18, 2013
As bad as WAG is getting, once again I feel fortunate to be in the district I'm in. Our DM has us take down the ad tags after closing on Friday with the exception of various displays and endcaps associated with the ad. Then, on Saturday morning, we jump on the new ad tags and have them completed by, at least, late Saturday afternoon.

Since: Nov 11

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#4 Sep 18, 2013
You know what hacks me off? To think theses people that come up with this dumb stuff went to college! Geez, so much for "higher education".
crazed and confused

West Des Moines, IA

#5 Sep 18, 2013
ThoSe were the good Ole days

Since: Apr 13

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#6 Sep 18, 2013
TexasOutlaw wrote:
You know what hacks me off? To think theses people that come up with this dumb stuff went to college! Geez, so much for "higher education".
Lol....What are you, nuts?! Those business management degrees are really paying off. It's the brightest idea ever! Lol. Just out of curiosity, why are they (ad tags) green? I thought our colors were blue and red. The Walgreens logo and lettering is red, our front end shirts are blue, pharmacy scrubs are blue, and vests are gray with blue stripes...so why do ad tags have green and not blue?

Since: Apr 12

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#7 Sep 18, 2013
My Best Work wrote:
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Lol....What are you, nuts?! Those business management degrees are really paying off. It's the brightest idea ever! Lol. Just out of curiosity, why are they (ad tags) green? I thought our colors were blue and red. The Walgreens logo and lettering is red, our front end shirts are blue, pharmacy scrubs are blue, and vests are gray with blue stripes...so why do ad tags have green and not blue?
From what I remember about the marketing video I was forced to watch about the tags transition a few years back, it was just basically the "green = money" concept, so "green tags mean save more green", and so on. Hence why the 11x7 sign stock had different shades of green with a dollar sign, etc. I personally don't think green coloring makes any difference though. In fact, I think there were some studies done that showed yellow was actually the color the drew the most attention from customers, and/or signaled value to them, but I could be wrong. Either way... I still miss the red/blue.
Grease

Elmhurst, IL

#8 Sep 18, 2013
My store was realigned into another district and my "new" DM wants all new tags put up Saturday ASAP. Usually our store pulls the old ones down on Friday night and start putting up the new ones early Saturday.

Since: Sep 13

United States

#9 Sep 18, 2013
JMGT wrote:
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From what I remember about the marketing video I was forced to watch about the tags transition a few years back, it was just basically the "green = money" concept, so "green tags mean save more green", and so on. Hence why the 11x7 sign stock had different shades of green with a dollar sign, etc. I personally don't think green coloring makes any difference though. In fact, I think there were some studies done that showed yellow was actually the color the drew the most attention from customers, and/or signaled value to them, but I could be wrong. Either way... I still miss the red/blue.
JMGT, actually it is orange. Most people associate that with "Clearance"

Since: Apr 12

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#10 Sep 18, 2013
haplesswag wrote:
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JMGT, actually it is orange. Most people associate that with "Clearance"
Well yeah, I know the clearance part, but I could have SWORN I read or heard somewhere that yellow was traditionally associated with "sale" items. I'll have to dig around and find out when I'm not falling asleep lol.

Since: Sep 13

United States

#11 Sep 18, 2013
Oh gosh. Go to bed! Well, if you don't sleep - you know where to find me! haha
Me

Salt Lake City, UT

#12 Sep 18, 2013
We have always pulled tags around noonish on Saturday and started hanging the new ones when that was done. As long as I've worked in my store we've never waited until night to pull or hang.

Since: Mar 12

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#13 Sep 18, 2013
Me wrote:
We have always pulled tags around noonish on Saturday and started hanging the new ones when that was done. As long as I've worked in my store we've never waited until night to pull or hang.
Same at my store. That's how it's always been the entire time I've been at Walgreens (6+ years).

Since: Jun 12

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#14 Sep 19, 2013
With staffing the way it is now, there is no need to be waiting until Saturday night to take down old tags. The new ad that starts Sunday is in effect on Saturday. Some weeks we even start taking the old ones down last thing Friday night. We put up our new ones first thing Saturday, especially on weekends when there are 8,000 tags due to the weekly AND monthly tags.......

Since: Sep 13

United States

#15 Sep 19, 2013
I don't miss tags or megasaver!:)
Bam

Mesa, AZ

#16 Sep 19, 2013
We take ours down sat around 1 and put up new ones. All tags must be finished sat night in my district

Since: Jul 12

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#17 Sep 20, 2013
Who cares about ad tags. Half of the things don't get put up anyway. Employees toss tons of them, stuff them in cubby holes, leave them lying around. The key is to be smart about them. I would say if you get at least 60% of them up you are good. You want to make sure the high visibility departments are aced. grocery, vitamins, Endstands. front of ad and back of ad. You get anything else signed it's gravy. Most MVP's, DM;s etc are way too busy and concerned with bigger fish than to check ad tags. Don't sweat the small stuff. If Walgreen's has to settle with an attorney general for "pricing issues" we will do so "admit no wrong doing" and go on. The big fish in the company will see it as "cost of doing business" and move on.
Me

Salt Lake City, UT

#18 Sep 20, 2013
wagdoodle wrote:
Who cares about ad tags. Half of the things don't get put up anyway. Employees toss tons of them, stuff them in cubby holes, leave them lying around. The key is to be smart about them. I would say if you get at least 60% of them up you are good. You want to make sure the high visibility departments are aced. grocery, vitamins, Endstands. front of ad and back of ad. You get anything else signed it's gravy. Most MVP's, DM;s etc are way too busy and concerned with bigger fish than to check ad tags. Don't sweat the small stuff. If Walgreen's has to settle with an attorney general for "pricing issues" we will do so "admit no wrong doing" and go on. The big fish in the company will see it as "cost of doing business" and move on.
We can't do that in our store. Ones we can't find have to be put aside for management to look for. If anything gets thrown away our manager threatened with write ups. Also were told not to do garbages for the weekend as well so he could make sure they didn't get thrown away

Since: Jun 13

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#19 Sep 20, 2013
Me wrote:
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We can't do that in our store. Ones we can't find have to be put aside for management to look for. If anything gets thrown away our manager threatened with write ups. Also were told not to do garbages for the weekend as well so he could make sure they didn't get thrown away
One of our oldest employees says the same thing. You aren't supposed to throw away the ones you can't find.

I've worked in two different Walgreens though, and it's a huge difference in importance. One of them, you basically didn't need to do them. The manager gave me a huge stack of ads and told me to do the best I could on a WEDNESDAY night...

In the one I work at, we are to get the ad tags up by the end of the day on Sunday. We rarely have anything left on Mondays unless it's monthlies also.

I don't think it's a huge deal though. If that's the only thing the employee is doing, it shouldn't take more than 5 hours for them to do the whole batch.
Walgreens Floor Waxer

Fort Atkinson, WI

#20 Sep 21, 2013
or just toss them into the garbage/cardboard compactor...

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