Retail Sales Consultant (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – August 21, 2016
This is one of the best jobs I've had. It is a fun work environment that is ever changing. Most of my day is spent traveling to each account and then building relationships with the decision makers in each account.
Sampling and learning about different types of alochols.
Direct supervisor was not supportive in a way that I needed her to be. Speaks so quickly w/o influction that speech is difficult to understand. Makes a lot of assumptions & wasn't particularly an effective listener or communicator. Not good at delegating responsibilities to other admin staff. Within a month of working for the company & receiving piece meal training you are expected to know what you're doing after being shown something once or twice. They use a bizillion computer programs for tracking sales and pulling reports. There's no written instruction to refer back to if you need assistance. I loved the work environment but gave notice because I grew tired & frustrated of dealing with an ineffective, presumptuous supervisor.
Free lunch available sometimes, Free liquor / wine, a friendly, positive, professional work environment
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) – Syosset, NY – November 13, 2015
I was temping here while someone was out on maternity leave. I enjoyed working with Southern Wine very much. Unfortunately there weren't any permanent positions available at the time or I would have stayed.
Provided a challenging and rewarding environment to work in.
Merchandiser (Former Employee) – Las Vegas, NV – November 12, 2015
I worked with and worked for a great group of people who genuinely cared about their working associates. I always felt their was more to learn and always felt motivated to do the best job possible. I always felt appreciated and was made to know when I did a good job. Southern Wine and Spirits created a fun and rewarding environment to work in.
free access to events such as wine shows and concerts. Access to excellent health care.
being an off property employee sometimes created situations where I had to travel for meetings
Very interesting job, learning about wines and spirits and also working for all the Vendors and Customers, you would be busy the whole day and I liked that. Making sure invoices and orders matched in order to process them and have checks printed and mailed to out to vendors.
They were always treating us to special events, lunches and holiday parties, appreciating our work.
I liked working at this warehouse, we all work together and got along great. I work the graveyard shift, but because we work so well together time flew by quickly. our job was running the line, packing, unpacking and loading. keeping inventory of everything boxed and opened.
Fast pace work environment where Customer Service and Sales are #1
Store Director, Asst (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – October 8, 2015
Job Duties Included opening up shop, and break down multiple pallet loads that was delivered on a daily basis and receive product into store inventory as well. Customer Service and Sales are essential, as well as creating and setting up new accounts for new customers. Maintaining a professional business relationship in order to make sales and to up-sale on a large scale all while managing a team and outfitting our store location with proper display of product that was on push for the month. I was responsible for balancing out business transactions at the end of every work day and closing up shop. I've learned to manage my time and team along with controlling Inventory cost and keeping product in stock to make sure sales flow was profitable for the company. Building confidence in, not only myself, but for the purpose of company goals and sales, and have a better understanding of the vast variety of product sold for distribution. The most difficult part of the job was the lack of man power at work while we were at our busiest times of the seasons. However, the amount of work on a busy day had every employee built up for a great day of sales and business accomplishments
Constant face time with Suppliers from Major Brands and Incentives and rewards for competitive sales
Always a need for more hired help at each store location.
In my 13 years at SWS my daily responsibilities varied greatly. During my time as a merchandiser in the off premise wine division, responsibilities included writing orders, building and maintaining floor displays, racks, pricing products, installation of point of sale material and maintaining the integrity of shelf sets and plan-o-grams.
As a merchandiser in the independent liquor division I was responsible for multiple accounts. Responsibilities included writing orders, building and maintaining floor displays, installation of point of sale, writing product reviews, unloading trucks, checking in orders and assisting customers. During the holiday season I was part of a team of merchandisers that was responsible for setting up new point of sale materials and promoting new brands at various conventions throughout the state of Florida.
As a retail shelf analyst responsibilities included measuring shelf sets as well as new bottle dimensions and forwarding all information to the category management division. Once a store was in possession of new plan-o-grams, I not only attended but lead a team in the reset of the store. Other responsibilities included weekly monitoring of shelf sets to ensure their integrity as well as the integrity of the brands I represented.
As a sales coordinator with the ABC fine wine and spirits division all of the responsibilities listed above were used on a daily basis. In this division, I was also tasked with preparing stores for surveys ran by high level executives, store owners, as well as vice presidents of very well known liquor andmore... wine suppliers.
In my years at SWS I learned to deal with many personality types, whether they were customers or management. Overcoming all obstacles was a very big part of the job, whether it was personality conflicts, computer errors, etc. I learned to keep a cool head and thrive under pressure which was immense during October, November and December when the liquor industry does about 75% of it's business. The hardest part of the job was the long demanding hours and some overnight stays out of town away from my family. The most enjoyable part of the job was the fact that the industry was always changing and growing which provided a need to stay educated and up to date on industry policies, procedures, new products etc.less
Venture Team Specialist (Current Employee) – Jacksonville, FL – September 28, 2015
Dynamic and ever changing work environment, where employee creativity and innovation is encouraged. Defined monthly goals and objectives are communicated to provided employees with clear concise direction
Wine merchandiser (Current Employee) – Jacksonville – September 28, 2015
Comfortable work place environment with supportive management. Job requires extreme time management and organizational skills which has helped me to grow as an individual to add value to my company that I am working for. Overall great experience working in this industry.
Good, stable company with interesting products and comfortable atmosphere.