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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 Windsor-Sarnia 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
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2012-12-07|
In the Windsor-Sarnia economic region, employment prospects for retail salespersons and sales clerks are expected to be average for the period 2012-2013. This is the second largest occupation in the region with a labour force of about 14,000 at the time of the 2006 census
Employment prospects for retail salespersons and sales clerks in Ontario are expected to be average for the period 2012-2013. This is the largest occupation in the province with a labour force of about 290,000 workers according to the 2006 census. Demand for persons in this occupation is mostly driven by consumer expenditures on goods and services. Job prospects may be more favourable in larger retail superstores which have a large customer base and longer operating hours.
Job opportunities are usually available year-round in this occupation but are better in the peak shopping seasons, during the summer and at the end of the calendar year. These positions are often part-time or temporary. The much younger age profile and lower skill requirements will create ongoing replacement needs for new employees, as workers leave for other opportunities.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2013
- Mastermind Toys will open a store in Windsor on Howard Avenue in September, creating approximately 25 jobs
- A discount No Frills store called BOX opened this month in Windsor, creating 25 full and part-time jobs
- The renovated Thames-Lea Plaza in Chatham reopened in August and is now home to 12 new businesses including Target, Sport Chek, PetValu and Carter's OshKosh
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