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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
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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 News
Week of Mar 11 – Mar 15, 2013
- The LCBO opened two stores in Windsor and Kingsville in March
- Zellers at the County Fair Mall in Leamington will be closed at the end of March
Week of Mar 04 – Mar 08, 2013
- Target Corp. is hiring up to 200 employees for its store in Chatham’s Thames-Lea Plaza, scheduled to open in the summer. The company plans to open another 21 locations across Ontario.
- Four of The Bargain! Shop stores have closed in Sarnia, Corunna and Chatham, affecting 40 jobs
Week of Feb 04 – Feb 08, 2013
- XS Cargo has opened a second Windsor retail store located at the Ambassador Plaza on Huron Church Road
Week of Jan 28 – Feb 01, 2013
- Fabricland, a retail store specializing in fabrics and home decor, will be closing its St. Clair Street location in Chatham at the end of April
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