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Describe to me a perfect retail environment?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Costco interview

How to Answer
Think about what you like best about retail environments, and be ready to list 3-4 things that make a retail environment perfect. You might share things like:

- Bright lights
- Uncluttered wide aisles
- Fun merchandise
- A welcoming staff

Whatever it is that you like about the retail environment, be ready to share it with the interviewer!

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Describe to me a perfect retail environment?
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People are friendly, know their products and where to locate them.
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Good leadership, organize, clean , smiley faces.
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A structured retail environment, organized merchandise, and a very comfortable customer friendly .
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A perfect retail environment would have all the merchandise organized, everything would be clean, the employees are friendly, have knowledge of the products and their location.
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Always happy customers not problems with any merchandise.
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A perfect retail environment to me is plenty of employees who go out of their way to help the customer in need, knows the store top to bottom, and has a basic knowledge of the most popular items.
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Fast, friendly and on time.
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Clean, friendly environment and someone there that can answer any question I might have. I don't like having to search for help.
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Great products, happy, productive team members, company policies that allow for exceptional customer service.
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The perfect retail environment is when all team members get along and are happy and positive. I also thrive on it being busy.
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Isles cleaned and clear, shelves neat, products arranged in order.
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Greeted at the door with a smile nod or hello. The workers ask if they can help you, not too much so you can be left alone. Helpful cashiers to see if you need any assisstance.
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A perfect retail environment is a well organized store as well as associates who know the store.
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Very open, the costumer should feel comfortable while shopping. The costumer is the number one concern and them being beyond satisfied is the definition of a perfect retail environment.
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Everyone works together to accomplish the same goal.
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Well organized, clean and priced so customers will be ready to buy.
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Friendly and helpful personal. Make the customer feel the they are number one.
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A perfect retail environment is fast paced, all individuals should have knowledge about the brands, sort queries, proactive, work towards providing creative offers for members.
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Friendly, happy, quick, accurate, and knowledgeable employees. A clean, organized environment, fast service, and a staff who are personable.
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A place that is well organized, clean, and arranged in a manner that attracts the customer to every part of the store in a unisom, flowing way. Also a place that has employees that look approachable and ready to help.
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Customers find what everything they need at the right price where they feel welcomed and valued.
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A perfect retail environment is a clean, high efficient, friendly area.
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Clean, knowledgeable about products, knowing where things are and employees always smiling.
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Where everything is clean and organized and a positive environment.
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A perfect environment is where everyone works at a team. Where each member of the team is willing to put in the effort to get the job done and done right, while supporting the other members every step of the way.
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One that is organized and everyone works together as a team. Members like to see happy staff who provide exceptional customer service, a clean safe environment for members and employees.
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A perfect retai environment would be one that is organised, safe and clean, easy to locate staff to answer any questions about products or to locate things, staff are happy to be working there.
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A perfect retail environment would be some place where no one has to wait in line for service and that very thing you want is available to you w/out even having to ask and that every employee is upper friendly and helpful w/all the correct answers.
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A perfect environment is working as part of a team and being involved in the process and assure the best service to our customers.
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A retail environment is a setting where items are properly arranged on shelves, visually organized for the members.
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Is an environment where customers are treated with respect by knowledgeable, polite workers. Where customers are provided with a great selection of name brand items at a low cost.
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Costco. Where else can you go where you can buy a television, laptop, groceries, clothing, wine, toilet paper, etc. All at unbelievably low prices while receiving the best service from the moment you walk in to the moment you walk out.
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A perfect retail environment would be a place where every employe is hard working and committed to good customer service .
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A place that treats the customer with a smile and is clean and organized.
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Clean, organized, bright, friendly staff variety of products.
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Happy members happy employees makes a happy life.
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A clean, organized floor containing everything from food and clothing to electronics and personal care all complimented with a friendly and knowledgeable staff.
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Where employees are helpful, know their product clean store.
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A place where the customer can find quality merchandise at great prices and their questions are answered in a kind courteous manner.
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It is a place where the front desk should be neat and tidy which helps attract customers.
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Easy shopping, the product is easy to find, and if it is there is a smiling face to help direct to what you need.
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A perfect retail environment requires coordination and good will of every member of the team to do a good job. Pitch in if necessary to solve a problem, even if is not directly your department. The attitude and atmosphere among employees directly reflects in the appearance and customer experience.
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The ideal retail environment would be a place where know one is afraid to ask for help. My co workers need to understand that I am working here for a reason and that is to sell items and create a friendly environment.
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Shelves are stocked full and are clean and organized with team members are keeping the store clean and that are available to help out any customers that could be struggling with finding something.
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Welcoming, organized, clean.
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The perfect retail environment to me is one where employees are happily giving great customer service and smiling. There is nothing worse as a customer than dealing with grouchy employees. It is also an environment where the shelves are stocked and its easy to find what you are shopping for.
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Organized, Peaceful, Easy to function, and Friendly.
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When you see happy staff, great customer service.
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Happy staff and management, good company to work for.
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Being welcomed when I walk in the store, helped but not over shadowed, and friendly customer service.
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Everything runs smoothly and everyone gets along. No hiccups in the plan.
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I believe it starts at the top. The CEO taking care of all that work for him or her, this ideally make a happy chain of command, this ideally makes employees happy which the company employees and consumers more communicative and happy.
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A perfect retail environment is filled with kind and happy employees who make you want to come back, and products that are great quality and good prices. Good customer service and good quality products are key.
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Clean safe inviting freindly.
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To me a perfect retail environment is a bunch of friendly team members working in sync to maintain excellent customer service while completing all daily tasks.
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Where staff if friendly and knowledgeable, products are displayed well, and store is clean and organized.
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Friendly, courteous staff that take pride in their surroundings and assist others in a positive manner.
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One that gives the customer a comfortable environment that allows them to get what they wanted from the store.
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Plenty of customers to help and all the resources to help said customer.
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A busy store with at least one customer every 15 min.
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A perfect retail environment would be one where its fast paced, you know your customer on a name basis, friendly atmosphere.
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A well oiled engine smooth and running fast.
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A perfect retail environment for myself is to have efficiency through the entire process, of when the customer enters and leaves the place. Having a designed process that matches at least 95% of the customers from merchandising to product layout with constantly full shelves and highlights.
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The perfect retail environment has to consist of great customer service, and team work.
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HAPPY PEOPLE! Having a trusting, caring, team is a dream!
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If there is apercect one would be all employee are happy and the sales are be made. Have no complains.
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If your employees are happy and treated well, I believe that reflects how employees treat their customers and then the customers will be happy and come back and tell their friends how well they were treated.
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A perfect workplace is where there is a companionship, team work and good communication skills.
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Staying busy is always a plus. High energy and positive attitude is the fuel to my fire.
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Ask customers if they need help.
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A perfect retail environment would include a dedicated and motivated team that strives to work together in order to achieve the best possible customer experience. It would also not include violent or abusive customers, I have had a fair share of these customer experiences, while there is no issue with upset or angry customers, violence or abuse is not tolerable in my eyes.
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Where workers are friendly, organised, clean and arrange in a way that will attract customers. Where the workers know their product and where to locate them.
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People are friendly, know their products and where to locate them.
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People are friendly, know their iteams and know where they could be located at.
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An environment where our industry can be the one stop place for all who are seeking value for the dollar.
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Safe, well lit, comfortable to walk around in, clean wide aisles, no tripping hazards, happy staff, good and accessible customer service, good prices, quality merchandise, interesting endcap displays, neat and tidy, easy to find what you are looking for, uncluttered...
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Clean, organized, efficient, and teamwork!
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I don't think there is a perfect environment. You have to learn to adapt to the environment in order to be happy. Happy people are productive people.
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Everything is organised and customers are happy.
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A sense of everything going right, smooth, and when things may get off track a little, to reel in the issues at hand & get things back to the happy Costco we know & love.
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The perfect retail environment would be a place that employees all got along I always stay busy and customers were always nice and friendly. The management was always happy with the way I did my job.
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Friendly, relaxed, well-mannered and hard-working colleagues, a boss that not only does their own work, but sees merit and potential in their workers.
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The perfect retail environment would be a busy store with happy costumers that get helped with easily and with good quality service.
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Perfect retail environment is a business that has repeat customers that enjoy, and appreciate us.

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