Store staff hope for a happy Christmas

John Lewis

John Lewis

First published in News

THERE will be a much-anticipated second coming this Christmas – but it will be of the furry variety, according to upmarket retailer John Lewis.

Depending on your outlook you will either be delighted or dismayed to know that Furbies – the fluffy, bird-like electronic toy – have been flying off the shelves this year.

Meanwhile, staff at the Mannington Retail Park store have been busy preparing for the Christmas period, which sees them do a fifth of their total annual trade in just three weeks.

And, so important is the Christmas rush that it often determines how much workers, called partners, get through the company’s bonus scheme.

Other hot gifts are expected to be tablets, including the iPad, Google Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy and Kindle Fire, as well as toys and gadgets such as remote control helicopters and an old favourite, Lego.

Store manager Dominic Joyce “Last year we had a really good Christmas but the nothing really happened until December.

“It’s too early to tell but we are optimistic we will match it again this year.

“It’s a big wait to see what happens but the signs are positive.

“I think people will spend money with retailers they trust and where they know they will get consistent service.

“It’s certainly going to be a big tablet Christmas and also the Furby is back – sales have gone really well for those online and they haven’t even hit the shelves yet.

“Also Christmas decoration sales are well ahead of last year and that’s because I think it’s all about being at home with the family.

“Buying habits have changed and you have to listen to your customers.

“They want the option of buying online and that’s why we have the click and collect service, whereby people can order before 7pm and it will be ready for collection from 2pm the next day.”

Dominic said despite the rush and the extended opening hours, staff looked forward to Christmas as it was fun and fast-paced.

He said: “It’s all about Christmas. Everybody loves it and we like to get our customers and partners involved in the fun. We put the decorations up and have the snowman.

“The highlight of every year is in January when they announce the bonus. It’s a true partnership in that everyone gets a share of the profits and that is when all the hard work now pays off.”

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8:53pm Sun 16 Dec 12

timt1964 says...

well done the adver,youve managed to create another story about john lewis and mention their staff bonus AGAIN.why do john lewis advertise when the adver does it for them for free."we put decorations up and have a snowman",just like every other shop but this is john lewis so worth a mention.
well done the adver,youve managed to create another story about john lewis and mention their staff bonus AGAIN.why do john lewis advertise when the adver does it for them for free."we put decorations up and have a snowman",just like every other shop but this is john lewis so worth a mention. timt1964
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9:49pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Phantom Poster says...

timt1964 wrote:
well done the adver,youve managed to create another story about john lewis and mention their staff bonus AGAIN.why do john lewis advertise when the adver does it for them for free."we put decorations up and have a snowman",just like every other shop but this is john lewis so worth a mention.
Presumably the reason is that John Lewis employs a public relations manager who is actually very good at his job (so probably his bonus is well deserved!). Local papers are always desperate for stories - so if a local company comes up with a ready made story then of course it will be printed!

But I forgot, you've got an enormous chip on your shoulder regarding John Lewis or any store which sells anything for more than a pound!

Have the Adver offered you that journalistic job yet?
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: well done the adver,youve managed to create another story about john lewis and mention their staff bonus AGAIN.why do john lewis advertise when the adver does it for them for free."we put decorations up and have a snowman",just like every other shop but this is john lewis so worth a mention.[/p][/quote]Presumably the reason is that John Lewis employs a public relations manager who is actually very good at his job (so probably his bonus is well deserved!). Local papers are always desperate for stories - so if a local company comes up with a ready made story then of course it will be printed! But I forgot, you've got an enormous chip on your shoulder regarding John Lewis or any store which sells anything for more than a pound! Have the Adver offered you that journalistic job yet? Phantom Poster
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8:03am Mon 17 Dec 12

semitonic says...

This local paper even saw fit to run an article about a certain notorious troublemaker who announced he was moving to Portsmouth, as if the world should need to know. I've no doubt such news was met with delight and rejoicing in the streets of Swindon but did they really need to include a picture of him? With a face like a blind cobbler's thumb he could turn beer sour with depressing regularity, it would seem.
This local paper even saw fit to run an article about a certain notorious troublemaker who announced he was moving to Portsmouth, as if the world should need to know. I've no doubt such news was met with delight and rejoicing in the streets of Swindon but did they really need to include a picture of him? With a face like a blind cobbler's thumb he could turn beer sour with depressing regularity, it would seem. semitonic
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12:09pm Mon 17 Dec 12

I 2 Could B says...

Phantom Poster wrote:
timt1964 wrote:
well done the adver,youve managed to create another story about john lewis and mention their staff bonus AGAIN.why do john lewis advertise when the adver does it for them for free."we put decorations up and have a snowman",just like every other shop but this is john lewis so worth a mention.
Presumably the reason is that John Lewis employs a public relations manager who is actually very good at his job (so probably his bonus is well deserved!). Local papers are always desperate for stories - so if a local company comes up with a ready made story then of course it will be printed!

But I forgot, you've got an enormous chip on your shoulder regarding John Lewis or any store which sells anything for more than a pound!

Have the Adver offered you that journalistic job yet?
Well said.

As for semitonic's post, it beggars belief that there are now at least 3 people on this website so utterly obsessed and bewitched by Robert Feal-Martinez that they still continually go on about him even though he's apparently not even in Swindon anymore. It's truly bizarre.
[quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: well done the adver,youve managed to create another story about john lewis and mention their staff bonus AGAIN.why do john lewis advertise when the adver does it for them for free."we put decorations up and have a snowman",just like every other shop but this is john lewis so worth a mention.[/p][/quote]Presumably the reason is that John Lewis employs a public relations manager who is actually very good at his job (so probably his bonus is well deserved!). Local papers are always desperate for stories - so if a local company comes up with a ready made story then of course it will be printed! But I forgot, you've got an enormous chip on your shoulder regarding John Lewis or any store which sells anything for more than a pound! Have the Adver offered you that journalistic job yet?[/p][/quote]Well said. [p] As for semitonic's post, it beggars belief that there are now at least 3 people on this website so utterly obsessed and bewitched by Robert Feal-Martinez that they still continually go on about him even though he's apparently not even in Swindon anymore. It's truly bizarre. I 2 Could B
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1:23pm Mon 17 Dec 12

house on the hill says...

I love the way they call them "upmarket retailer John Lewis". not so much upmarket as just d*mn expensive if you ask me. A lot of the branded goods can be bought cheaper elsewhere.
I love the way they call them "upmarket retailer John Lewis". not so much upmarket as just d*mn expensive if you ask me. A lot of the branded goods can be bought cheaper elsewhere. house on the hill
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2:16pm Mon 17 Dec 12

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

house on the hill wrote:
I love the way they call them "upmarket retailer John Lewis". not so much upmarket as just d*mn expensive if you ask me. A lot of the branded goods can be bought cheaper elsewhere.
Don't really get why people say John Lewis are expensive, I can only assume it's hearsay or prejudice. Conversely, I bought an electrical item from them last week for a Christmas present. They had it in stock cheaper than anywhere else in town, and was the joint cheapest price when compared online, and with a 2 year warranty rather than the 1 year that everyone else was offering.

This is not the only item I've bought from them as generally they are comparable like for like on most goods with other stores (not always as cheap as online though).

And they pay tax too!
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: I love the way they call them "upmarket retailer John Lewis". not so much upmarket as just d*mn expensive if you ask me. A lot of the branded goods can be bought cheaper elsewhere.[/p][/quote]Don't really get why people say John Lewis are expensive, I can only assume it's hearsay or prejudice. Conversely, I bought an electrical item from them last week for a Christmas present. They had it in stock cheaper than anywhere else in town, and was the joint cheapest price when compared online, and with a 2 year warranty rather than the 1 year that everyone else was offering. This is not the only item I've bought from them as generally they are comparable like for like on most goods with other stores (not always as cheap as online though). And they pay tax too! The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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4:30pm Mon 17 Dec 12

I 2 Could B says...

A lot of people like to sneer at John Lewis simply because they think it's a 'posh' shop. Some people do the same about Waitrose for the same reason.

It's all just misplaced bigotry. Both shops offer better quality than most and at prices that are often the same as, or less than, places like Asda - which those same people tend to defend til their blue in the face.

Inverted snobbery is rife in Swindon.
A lot of people like to sneer at John Lewis simply because they think it's a 'posh' shop. Some people do the same about Waitrose for the same reason. [p] It's all just misplaced bigotry. Both shops offer better quality than most and at prices that are often the same as, or less than, places like Asda - which those same people tend to defend til their blue in the face. [p] Inverted snobbery is rife in Swindon. I 2 Could B
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8:42pm Mon 17 Dec 12

timt1964 says...

I 2 Could B wrote:
A lot of people like to sneer at John Lewis simply because they think it's a 'posh' shop. Some people do the same about Waitrose for the same reason.

It's all just misplaced bigotry. Both shops offer better quality than most and at prices that are often the same as, or less than, places like Asda - which those same people tend to defend til their blue in the face.

Inverted snobbery is rife in Swindon.
we sneer at john lewis and the adver because of the constant brown nosing between the 2.where i shop or dont shop is totally irrelevant,seems like most adver readers are followers rather than individuals.but then im used to the ignorant views on here.wonder if jahmene shops at john lewis? come on adver we need to know.... NOT
[quote][p][bold]I 2 Could B[/bold] wrote: A lot of people like to sneer at John Lewis simply because they think it's a 'posh' shop. Some people do the same about Waitrose for the same reason. [p] It's all just misplaced bigotry. Both shops offer better quality than most and at prices that are often the same as, or less than, places like Asda - which those same people tend to defend til their blue in the face. [p] Inverted snobbery is rife in Swindon.[/p][/quote]we sneer at john lewis and the adver because of the constant brown nosing between the 2.where i shop or dont shop is totally irrelevant,seems like most adver readers are followers rather than individuals.but then im used to the ignorant views on here.wonder if jahmene shops at john lewis? come on adver we need to know.... NOT timt1964
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5:11am Tue 18 Dec 12

I 2 Could B says...

timt1964 says...
seems like most adver readers are followers rather than individuals

Why? Other than your endless parade of 1970s unionesque cliches, what actually makes you think that?

Some people shop at John Lewis and like it, some people don't - that's kind of how it works with every shop.

Where you shop isn't particularly relevant, but I bet it fits your stereotype.

Why not just be honest and admit you hate anyone with more money than you or who shops at places you think are expensive.
[quote]timt1964 says... seems like most adver readers are followers rather than individuals [/quote] Why? Other than your endless parade of 1970s unionesque cliches, what actually makes you think that? [p] Some people shop at John Lewis and like it, some people don't - that's kind of how it works with every shop. [p] Where you shop isn't particularly relevant, but I bet it fits your stereotype. [p] Why not just be honest and admit you hate anyone with more money than you or who shops at places you think are expensive. I 2 Could B
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