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Retail salespersons and sales clerks sell, rent or lease a range of technical and non-technical goods and services directly to consumers. They are employed by stores and other retail businesses, as well as wholesale businesses that sell on a retail basis to the public.
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- Greet customers and discuss type, quality and quantity of merchandise or services sought for purchase, rental or lease
- Advise customers on use and care of merchandise, and provide advice concerning specialized products or services
- Estimate or quote prices, credit terms, trade-in allowances, warranties and delivery dates
- Prepare merchandise for purchase, rental or lease
- Prepare sales, rental or leasing contracts and accept cash, cheque, credit card or automatic debit payment
- Assist in display of merchandise
- Maintain sales records for inventory control
- Operate computerized inventory record keeping and re-ordering systems
- May conduct sales transactions through Internet-based electronic commerce.
Retail salespersons may specialize and act as consultants in interior decorating, home entertainment systems, computers and other products and services.
Outlook & Prospects for Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks in Lanaudière Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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For the 2012-2014 period, job opportunities in the Lanaudière region are expected to be fair for this occupation.
The large majority of employment opportunities will result from job creation, buoyed by demographic growth, and the high employee turnover in this occupation. Big box stores should continue to pop up but at a slower rate than in recent years. The labour pool is made up mostly of experienced sales workers and people with expertise in a specific sector. These positions are often entry-level and are generally given to young workers and people who want to acquire work experience. The level of employment for this occupation will grow at the same rate as the total Lanaudière region market during the 2012-2014 forecast period.
According to the 2006 census data, these workers are employed mainly in retail trade, wholesale trade, manufacturing, other services (except public administration), and real estate and leasing.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- The Target store chain is currently in a hiring period for its future establishment in the Joliette region with an opening scheduled for fall 2013 (available in French only)
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- The new IGA Crevier grocery store in Terrebonne opened on April 17. The store required a $10M investment; 50 new jobs will be added to the 70 existing ones. (available in French only)
Week of Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013
- Construction of the Résidence des Prairies in Notre-Dames-des-Prairies will begin in August 2013 with the establishment opening in July 2014. The seniors residence will have 55 units at an investment of over $7.9M. (available in French only)
- A new IGA Extra supermarket recently opened in Saint-Sauveur following an investment of $6M. The arrival of this new business has created over 100 jobs. (available in French only)
- A new IGA Extra supermarket will be opening in mid-April in Galeries Laval in Laval. Construction cost $12M. This investment will create 160 new jobs, approximately one-third of which will be full time. (available in French only)
Week of Feb 11 – Feb 15, 2013
- An expansion at the Pinard Ford dealership in Sainte-Julienne will triple the area of its facilities (available in French only)
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