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Bunnings stocktake

Postby esperanceguy » Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:41 pm

It's all on for young and old here in my town, Feb 16-17, and I'm one of the lucky schmos from the community who've been taken on for at least the first day of taking stock, for at least 10.5 hrs, starting at 8am. Given that this is my first work since mid-07, there's a lot riding on me to perform well... from my perspective at least. Anyone know what the actual rate of pay for adults at Bunnings is? $22 per hour was thrown around... we don't get paid until next week, which is in the middle of my fortnight, so somewhat handy there.
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby Ikarbus » Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:18 pm

Having done a few stocktakes at Kmart which were 9 hour shifts 3 days in a row - I for one hope you don't dream about barcodes in your sleep like I did!!!
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby LowRider » Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:21 pm

espguy wrote:It's all on for young and old here in my town, Feb 16-17, and I'm one of the lucky schmos from the community who've been taken on for at least the first day of taking stock, for at least 10.5 hrs, starting at 8am. Given that this is my first work since mid-07, there's a lot riding on me to perform well... from my perspective at least. Anyone know what the actual rate of pay for adults at Bunnings is? $22 per hour was thrown around... we don't get paid until next week, which is in the middle of my fortnight, so somewhat handy there.


I used to work at Bunnings (6 years ago) and stocktakes there were teeeeeeeerrible. All people like yourself tend to get shafted into doing the aisles with horrid things to count (ie; Fixings, nuts bolts, hinges, etc....) Back when I was there I was on a higher tier full time than regular staff and I was on about $18/hr... so I suppose these days $22/hr for a casual would be close to the mark.

Best advice, is take your time, and be the first in there so you don't get shafted with a terrible aisle to do! (Housewares, ie: storage stuff, is the eaaaaaasiest to do in the entire store.)
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby yueses » Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:40 pm

Pick an aisle with LARGE items in it, like doors/ outdoor furniature, lawnmowers etc.. quick and easy.. don't pick the aisle with screws, nuts, bolts etc...!! :)
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby dex » Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:08 pm

I got stuck 12am-6am, counting baby food and canned tuna when i was 15 at Bi-Lo......So not cool.
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby John » Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:22 pm

LowRider wrote:I used to work at Bunnings (6 years ago) and stocktakes there were teeeeeeeerrible. All people like yourself tend to get shafted into doing the aisles with horrid things to count (ie; Fixings, nuts bolts, hinges, etc....) Back when I was there I was on a higher tier full time than regular staff and I was on about $18/hr... so I suppose these days $22/hr for a casual would be close to the mark.


Surely they weigh smaller items such as nuts and bolts and calculate the total amount by working out the weight of one bolt/screw/nut and dividing that into the total weight?
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby Bus 400 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:58 pm

I did a similar thing at the 2 BCF stores in Canberra. In the last 30 minutes of the day we were assigned to count all the fishing tackle, weight things & all the other small things. It ending up taking me 45 minutes to count 300-400 of these little buggers.

I just hope (for your sake) that you get to scan each item & not have to count & write it all down.
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby esperanceguy » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:57 pm

Well, it's all over bar the crying, in fact it was all done in one day - not that I would know (until this morning), I couldn't handle it any more after 7 hrs (with 3.5 more to go)!!! We didn't get to pick our aisles, we were assigned 'em, and there was no such luxury as a barcode scanner or the like - in most instances it was remove items from their bay, count 'em all, put 'em back, record the number below the price/info ticket, start over x-infinity... and I was in the DIY section, with all its keys and door knobs and other such gee-whiz-wow-bang stuff! I can't see myself doing that ever again..............
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby TempeFox » Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:59 pm

In my younger days I did a lot of Stock taking. That's why I had a panel van.
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby ben73 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:27 pm

I used to do it at coles when I worked there. I think I done every aisle over a few different stocktake's.
Freezer aisles were terrible. I felt Like half of my body was frozen after that.
Deli was crap. Weighing EVERYTHING in the deli was a pain, especially when you gotta balance a few bags full of prawns on the scales while someone else tries to hold them up without getting stabbed by the prawns. Good times.

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Now after night work, I dream about trains. I hate it, it's the worst sleep because you feel like you are awake and at work.
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby bussijaam » Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:38 pm

After getting the short end of the stick 3 years running at Bunnings doing pre-counts of the overhead storage areas and so forth, I jacked up in my 4th year and refused point blank to count so much as a single drill.

Surprisingly, there was no fall out from that. Manager said "yeah, ok, you deserve the year off", and left me to go about my business. Good times.

Our store had stocktake in mid-feb, so we had precounts right through January; great for a uni student seeking extra money at the time...but I did end up dreaming about ramset from time to time.
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby ajw373 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:24 am

I am surprised that with all this modern computer inventory technology that manual stocktakes are still needed.
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby Douglas » Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:21 am

ajw373 wrote:I am surprised that with all this modern computer inventory technology that manual stocktakes are still needed.

I would imagine that they're still needed because people still steal things.
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby C130 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:34 pm

My Aunt works at Bunnings on the weekends for holiday money, and it amazes me at what some people try to steal- some people have tried to walk out with ovens!
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby ajw373 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:12 pm

Douglas wrote:
ajw373 wrote:I am surprised that with all this modern computer inventory technology that manual stocktakes are still needed.

I would imagine that they're still needed because people still steal things.


When people steal they know when it comes time to re-stock the shelves. Stocktakes are done for financial reporting purposes, hence why it surprises me they count to the very last screw when the info of what should be there is ready at hand.
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby Ikarbus » Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:16 pm

ajw373 wrote:When people steal they know when it comes time to re-stock the shelves. Stocktakes are done for financial reporting purposes, hence why it surprises me they count to the very last screw when the info of what should be there is ready at hand.


It would be highly impractical and inefficient to count stock each time it is refilled because too much time would be spent counting and then reporting the figures, especially items such as screws! Large retail stores in general do not have a system to progressively track theft, that is why half yearly or yearly stocktakes are done!
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby ajw373 » Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:05 am

Ikarbus wrote:
ajw373 wrote:When people steal they know when it comes time to re-stock the shelves. Stocktakes are done for financial reporting purposes, hence why it surprises me they count to the very last screw when the info of what should be there is ready at hand.


It would be highly impractical and inefficient to count stock each time it is refilled because too much time would be spent counting and then reporting the figures, especially items such as screws! Large retail stores in general do not have a system to progressively track theft, that is why half yearly or yearly stocktakes are done!


Actually as I said stocktakes are done for financial reporting purposes not to see how much stock has walked. When it comes to re-filling I wasn't talking about doing a count, but for most items it would be obvious if your stock count said you had 20 items in stock when in fact you only had 5.
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby Ikarbus » Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:36 am

ajw373 wrote:Actually as I said stocktakes are done for financial reporting purposes not to see how much stock has walked. When it comes to re-filling I wasn't talking about doing a count, but for most items it would be obvious if your stock count said you had 20 items in stock when in fact you only had 5.


Taking your example, you would need a PDT to tell you what the stock count is supposed to be, meaning you would have to scan each item every time you filled (or even if you were just checking). Also, you would need to "count" the 5 that are on the shelf. In this example, it's straight forward because the numbers are relatively small but Bunnings has lots of product lines that are extremely tiresome to count, hence my argument for that being an inefficient process in general.

On that note since Wesfarmers now owns The Coles Group, in particular Kmart (where I work), they have decided to do partial stocktakes rather than doing the whole store at once. I can see the rationale behind this, but it has made a complete mess of our stockroom. Lines from departments that were being stocktaked were not allowed to be filled and had to be held in the stockroom. This quickly became messy and made the process of breaking and sorting pallets a lot slower. I much prefer the big week where the entire store is stocktaked in one go, that way it all ends quickly and you don't have to muck around for another 6 months.
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Re: Bunnings stocktake

Postby esperanceguy » Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:46 pm

My particular Bunnings store had its stocktake at this particular time specifically owing to having moved into the larger warehouse format some twelve or less months ago, and this stocktake was its first in that new location... the "Team Manager" had to stress out from counting $4-$5 million worth of stock!!

... and the pay came through yesterday: $143+ - not bad for 7 hrs work! Pity I had to then spend most of it on buying a new modem *sigh*
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