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gap Babies (Part II) – There Must Be Something In the Water…and it’s traveled all the way to Uzbekistan

A little over a month ago, I wrote a blog about all of the gappers in gap’s San Diego office that have recently had babies, which was so much fun.   Now I am writing part II, to feature the two babies of our Uzbekistan counterparts!

AMALIYA:Amaliya1a
gapper parent: Timur
Baby’s Full Name: Amaliya Gabdrakipova
DOB: October 27th, 2012
Age: 2 years
Weight at Birth: 7.2lbs
Favorite Toy: iPad
Fun Fact and/or Funny Story: Amaliya always says “No” and doesn’t know the word “Yes”.   However, if she wants to communicate “Yes”, she nods her head up and down and says “No”.
Recently Reached Milestone: Abstract Watercolor Art (scribbles :) )
On average, how many diapers does baby go through per day: 0!  But used to be 8

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TIMUR:Timur1a
gapper parent: Shavkat
Baby’s Full Name: Timur Samatov
DOB: February 8th, 2014
Age: 8 months
Weight at Birth: 9lb 1.7oz
Favorite Toy: Anything that has buttons (remotes, phone, laundry machine, fridge)
Fun Fact and/or Funny Story: Timur will stop doing whatever he is doing every time he hears the Kiesza – Hideaway song and will stand up and hold onto anything so he can dance.
Recently Reached Milestone: First tooth!
On average, how many diapers does baby go through per day: 8+
Anything else you’d like to share: Timur loves to make eyes at nurses, haha!

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Thanks to Timur and Shavkat for sharing this information about their babies with us.  Hopefully someday before too long we will get the opportunity to meet Amaliya and Timur!

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gap Babies– There Must Be Something In the Water

According to a recent analysis of gap intelligence, there seems to be “something in the water” at the company.   During the last 15 months, there have been 6 new additions born into the gap family.  Babies always seem to bring so much joy to people, and we have certainly felt that here at gap.  Every time one of the babies comes through, you can’t help but smile.  Below is a short profile for each of the 6 rugrats, in order, from youngest to oldest.

 
FRANCES:Frances1
gapper parent: Steve
Full Name: Frances (Frankie) Grace Thompson – Frances after my mom’s mom and Graciela after Hilda’s mom’s mom
DOB: August 18th, 2014
Age: 17 days and counting
Weight at Birth: 6lb 13oz
Favorite Toy: Mamaroo – http://www.4moms.com/mamaroo
Fun Fact and/or Funny Story: She pooped on exit
Recently Reached Milestone: Can lift her head but suffers from a pilot induced, low speed oscillationFrances2

On average, how many diapers does baby go through per day: Too many
Anything else you’d like to share: She is super cute, we made a good one!

 

 

 

 

ZORAVER:SONY DSC
gapper parent: Gurpreet
Full Name: Zoraver Singh Puri
DOB: August 5th, 2014
Age: 4 weeks and 2 days
Weight at Birth: 7lb 3.2oz
Favorite Toy: Too young to have a favorite toy
Fun Fact and/or Funny Story: Gets scared from the sound of his own burp and fart
Recently Reached Milestone: Can briefly lift his head
On average, how many diapers does baby go through per day: A gazillion :) Z2

Anything else you’d like to share: My handsome boy is in town, lock up your daughters :)

 

 

 

 

 

LOGAN:Logan1
gapper parent: Gary
Full Name: Logan Tyler Peterson
DOB: July 3rd, 2014
Age: 2 months
Weight at Birth: 7lb 13oz
Favorite Toy: Texas A&M Blanket
Fun Fact and/or Funny Story: He likes to sleep with his arms over his head – Touchdown!
Recently Reached Milestone: First smile
On average, how many diapers does baby go through per day: 9Logan2

Anything else you’d like to share: He just had a “guys weekend” with his Dad, which was an absolute blast!

 

 

 

 

 

JULIET:Juliet1
gapper parent: Jake
Full Name: Juliet Rose Fishman
DOB: February, 2014
Age: Almost 7 months
Weight at Birth: 5lb 12oz
Favorite Toy: Her hands and feet, plus anything she can fit in her mouth
Fun Fact and/or Funny Story: Juliet and our dog Mona have been best friends since the day they metJuliet2
Recently Reached Milestone: Sitting up on her own
On average, how many diapers does baby go through per day: 8+
Anything else you’d like to share: Juliet is all smiles and giggles.  She is an amazingly happy baby!

 

 

 

MARTINA:Martina2
gapper parent: Cesar
Full Name: Martina Camacho-Flores
DOB: September, 2013
Age: 1 year
Weight at Birth: 6lb 6oz
Favorite Toy: Rubber duckies
Fun Fact and/or Funny Story: Every time she sees somebody she knows she’ll raise her foot so that person sniffs it, and then she laughs
Recently Reached Milestone: Just turned 1 and is taking steps on her own
On average, how many diapers does baby go through per day: Between 5 and 6Martina1
Anything else you’d like to share: She loves watermelon and is capable of eating obscene amounts of it!

 

 

 

 

 

HOLDEN (my little guy):Holden3
gapper parent: Karen
Full Name: Holden Reece Hartzman
DOB: June 12th, 2013
Age: Almost 15 months
Weight at Birth: 8lb 4.5oz
Favorite Toy: Any type of ball
Fun Fact and/or Funny Story: Holden loves to play “fetch” with balls.  After I throw the ball down the hall, I find myself talking to him just like I do to the dogs… “Go get your ball” “Bring it here” “Good boy!” Haha!
Recently Reached Milestone: Started walking about 1.5 months agoHolden1
On average, how many diapers does baby go through per day: 6 on a good day
Anything else you’d like to share: Holden is trying to learn not to throw EVERYTHING (balls only).  He also likes feeding his dogs from his high chair, much to my displeasure.  No wonder they like him so much!

 

 

 

Those 6 sound like some pretty cool babies right?!  I know that for me, the past 15 months of being a parent has been the most amazing, challenging job I have ever had, and I can’t imagine my life without Holden.  It’s been so fun to see all the other babies that are being born into the gap family.  (Maybe the next category we track should be diapers?!)

However, it appears like we are going to be in a baby drought for a bit, as it still remains to be seen who will be the next baby gapper.  I think we should start placing bets!  :)

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Retail Data Collector #9: Caren from Raleigh

In the past few months my role here at gap intelligence has changed significantly. I have recently reduced my hours to be part time in order to better adjust to life as a “single mom” to my 11-month old son while my husband is on deployment with the US Navy. With this change, my involvement with retail collections has decreased. But with that being said, I’m not going let that stop me from continuing my blog series on the retail data collectors! I had spent over 2 years managing this group and although I got to know some of them a little bit over that time, I have so much fun getting to know them a little more in depth through these blogs.
This time around my Retail Data Collector blog features Caren from Raleigh. I hired Caren 2 years ago, (so crazy it seems like just a few months ago), when we expanded our collections into the Raleigh area. Since then, Caren has been a perfect fit and has done great work! A little more about Caren…

Caren_in_Raleigh_3
Location: Raleigh, NC

Q: How long have you been working with gap?
A: A little over two years

Q: How did you get involved with gap?
A: I answered a craigslist ad. Karen then called me and explained what I thought would be the perfect job for me!

Q: What is your favorite part of the job?
A: The flexibility for sure. I can go anytime and can plan my collection around other things I have going on. Also, if I’m in the market to buy something, I have an idea of what a good price is. I can track it and when it hits the lowest price I’ve seen, I buy it!

Q: What is your favorite product category to collect and why?
A: Tablets are my favorite. I can breeze through that category since I practically have them memorized by now!

Q: What is your favorite store to visit and why?
A: My favorite store is hhgregg. It’s funny though because it used to be my LEAST favorite. When I started going there the manager and employees would call me a spy and I could tell they didn’t like me. They thought I was reporting back to other stores. After explaining myself they were ok with me coming in and collecting. Now the entire staff knows who I am and they greet me when I come into the store like I’m a fellow employee. They even ask how my family is! I spend a LONG time there since I collect basically everything in the store.
We had a snow storm hit last month and the manager came to the back of the store to tell me I should leave. He said it was getting really bad and he was worried about me driving home. Sure enough it took me 3 hours to get home when it normally takes me 15 minutes. Thank goodness he was looking out for me and told me to leave when he did. It is nice to go into a store where everyone is friendly to you. I am also addicted to diet coke and there is a McDonald’s in front of hhgregg :)
Q: What is something that you’ve learned about retail and consumer electronics through working with gap?
A: The prices change constantly. One week a camera can be $100 less than the previous week!
Q: What is the strangest incident to happen to you while collecting? ( A kick-out story, mean manager story, etc…)
A: Every single time I walk into Office Depot there is a man standing in the front of the store with a headset on. When I start collecting he says “the woman with the iPhone is here again!” into his headset. However, in the past 2 years they have never asked me who I am or what I’m doing there. I’m just “the woman with the iPhone”. I feel so famous :)
Q: Share something interesting about yourself: Hobbies? Family? Other Job? Kids? Pets? Anything!
A: I’ve been married for 16 years. My husband and I have a 10 year old girl, 6 year old boy, a Labrador, a Labrador/Australian Cattle dog mix, and a cat who hides from them all! They keep me busy. I was born and raised in the Maryland/DC area and moved to Raleigh about 8 years ago. I love it here, but miss the Maryland crabs! I still root for the Redskins (don’t laugh at me….they will turn around eventually) and the Orioles. I work full time during the day from home as a travel agent. Before we had kids I traveled all around the word. Now we just frequent Disney World. My husband decided to go to nursing school at the age of 43 (it’s never too late!) so it’s great to have a flexible job when he has tests coming up and needs to study at night. I don’t have much free time, but when I do I love to relax on the porch and read. I am also addicted to HGTV and love watching whenever I can, usually with a dog on my lap!

 

Caren has been so great to work with and always provides reliable data for the analysts. She is always willing to do anything extra that we ask of her which is really invaluable! It’s nice to have her on our team, and, though I’m stating the obvious, she pretty much has the coolest name ever (though I’m not too sure about the way she spells it ;) ).

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Returning to gap With Another Man in My Life

After four months off from work and blogging, I’m back at it.  I think I’ll wait until my next blog to continue with my Retail Data Collector blog series, and instead tell a little about what I’ve been up to during my four months off (also known as the best four months of my life!).

Bronco Baby

To start, I had a baby, thus the reason for the four months of maternity leave!  My son Holden was born healthy, happy, and eight days late, on June 12th.  It was the most painful, yet amazing experience of my life.  After nine months of “preparing” for his arrival, my husband, Stan, and I still were nowhere near prepared.   We were prepared as much as we could have been I guess, but you don’t really know what you’re in for until it really happens.

When we first brought Holden home, it seemed so surreal.  The first thing we had to do was introduce him to our two dogs.  We were unsure how this would go and were hoping that the dogs would play nice because if not, someone would have to go, and Holden certainly wasn’t going anywhere :)   Luckily for everyone, they loved him from the first moment.  They were of course extremely curious and a bit shocked; I mean how can this mini person-looking thing make so much noise?!  But after a couple days they were used to him being around.

Dogs

 

The first few weeks were nice because we had family come visit and help out with the little rugrat.  It’s always nice to let someone else change a diaper from time to time!  We were even lucky enough to have a few gap visitors which helped me at least kind of keep up with all the changes that were going on back in the office.  They also brought pizza and flowers, so that was pretty awesome.  When our company left it was just Stan, Holden and me.  Thankfully, we adapted quite well to our new lifestyle and quickly got used to the fact that Holden runs the show and we are now on his time schedule.

During the first couple months, I spent a lot of time at the house with Holden, a little nervous to brave the world with my new baby.  It’s just such a production to go anywhere.  But after a while it got easier and more fun.  My outlook was that we might as try to go places and do fun things, and if it doesn’t work out, we can just leave.

Monster Costume

Holden quickly became quite the traveler.  We went to my 10 year high school reunion in Durango, CO for a long weekend.  He did great on the flight and the 4 hour drive!  A couple months later, we road tripped to Sedona, AZ for a week and it was really amazing.  Good thing I shook off the hecklers in the office and decided to get my mom van so we could pack it full of all the baby stuff we wanted to take with us :) .  I kept trying to tell everyone, mini vans really are very cool!  Then, the weekend before I came back to work, Holden and I flew to see my sister in Denver, CO for another long weekend.  He had a couple short crying jags on the plane, but nothing major and he received several compliments for being such a good baby.  What a relief!  It’s nice to know that we have a good traveler on our hands, and hopefully there are many more fun family trips to come.

Like I said, the last four months have been the best four months of my life.  Life has changed in ways I never could have imagined and it is so incredible.  It’s been hard to leave Holden at daycare, but it’s also good to be back at work and around the energy and people that come along with.  I’m sure I’ll be needing a few extra trips to Starbucks from time to time to keep from falling asleep at my desk with this new, unpredictable sleep schedule I’m finding myself on.  I know it won’t be a challenge to find a fellow gapper to go with me.  I’m also planning to attend one of the Yoga Restore classes (adult nap time I hear)!  That will come as a very welcome mid-day nap.

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Retail Data Collector #8: Toni from Denver

Just in the nick of time, I am publishing one more blog for my Retail Data Collector series before I take off for a while.   This time, it’s featuring Toni from Denver.  Toni and I have been best friends for quite a while now and I knew when we were looking to hire someone in Colorado that she would likely be up for the task.  Toni and I played college basketball together at both Fort Lewis College in Colorado, and at the University of Nebraska Omaha, so I know that she is a hard worker, reliable, and a great fit for the position.

Toni

Location:  Denver, Colorado

Q: How long have you been working with gap?

A: Since June 2012

 

Q: How did you get involved with gap?

A: Through my best friend Karen.

 

Q: What is your favorite part of the job?

A: I enjoy seeing all the new products as they come out and I get to eat lunch at new places.

 

Q: What is your favorite product category to collect and why?

A: Printers/cameras because it pays a little better.

 

Q: What is your favorite store to visit and why?

A: Target because I hit up the sale racks, and Microsoft because it’s a cool store.

 

Q: What is something that you’ve learned about retail and consumer electronics through working with gap?

A: To shop around when making a purchase…there is almost always a sale.

 

Q: What is the strangest incident to happen to you while collecting? ( A kick-out story, mean manager story, etc…)

A: An employee at one of the stores always gets nervous when I come in because he must think my collecting has something to do with his job performance.  He’s always asking me if everything looks alright and if the prices are fine.  It’s pretty funny.

 

Q: Share something interesting about yourself: Hobbies? Family? Other Job? Kids? Pets? Anything!

A: I’m married and have a 1 year old son, Cooper.  We have 3 dogs and are both from Colorado.  Along with collecting, I also teach part time at a middle school and I am an assistant athletic director at a high school.  Karen and I played college basketball together and were roommates in college.  I also introduced her to her husband, so the least she could do is hook me up with this job :)

 

I’m glad it has worked out for Toni to be a part of our retail data collector team.  I know what a great teammate she is and she has done a great job for us.  After today I will be out on maternity leave, all thanks to her, and her introducing me to my husband, Stan!

This series will continue in October…

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Retail Data Collector #7: Vanessa from Newark

The latest edition of the Retail Data Collector blog series features Vanessa from Newark.  Vanessa has been with gap for a long time and although she is technically our Newark collector, she also braves her way into the big NYC for us every week to collect at a few stores there.

Location: New Jersey (Jersey Shore)

Q: How long have you been working with gap?

A: 2 years, I was hired on my 25th birthday

Q: How did you get involved with gap?

A: gap was looking for a New York area collector to handle a special project and I had just finished my marketing internship with Sony’s Columbia/Epic Label Group when I applied and got the job.

Q: What is your favorite part of the job?

A: I love the people I’ve encountered while working at gap.  The staff is so genuinely nice, and they are appreciative of the efforts I put forth. I’ve also made some great friends while collecting as well.

Q: What is your favorite product category to collect and why?

A: Whichever category lets me find a great deal on a product. I used to love finding digital photo frames on clearance for $20, they made great Christmas presents!

Q: What is your favorite store to visit and why?

A: B&H Photo because it’s like an electronic Toys R’ Us!  Plus, it’s in New York City which is always an adventure. While collecting there I’ve watched the new World Trade Center construction, witnessed countless protests, and met Wycleff Jean walking on the street.

Q: What is something that you’ve learned about retail and consumer electronics through working with gap?

A: I’ve learned a lot about product pricing trends and it actually helped me purchase the Nikon J1 for $230 – which is about 60% less than its current selling price!

Q: What is the strangest incident to happen to you while collecting? ( A kick-out story, mean manager story, etc…)

A: Oh gosh, I have stories for days, but two of them are my favorite.  The first one was when I had the Sears loss prevention team thinking I was casing the place.  The other was when I collected at Staples and there was a manger that I conversed with every week.  I would ask her about her kids and she would ask about my brother who was in Iraq.  One night while I was collecting ink she acted like she had no idea who I was – she said she didn’t know my name, why I was there, or anything!  She then proceeded to kick me out the store. Shortly after that, she left the company and to this day I have no idea if she lost her mind or what.

Q: Share something interesting about yourself: Hobbies? Family? Other Job? Kids? Pets? Anything!

A: I have a beautiful son named Dominic Anthony who is 7 months old and the light of my life! I am engaged to be married to a wonderful man named Daniel.  On top of gap, I used to work for Grammy nominated artist RomAnthony, but with my son I can’t travel the way my position entailed. I still love everything music and have a concert addiction.  Before my son was born I would attend two concerts a month. My favorite movie is Ted, and I’d choose the Simpsons over Family Guy. I love flip flops, think applesauce is a food group, and I Google everything :)

 

Vanessa has been a great collector for us for the past two years and is always willing to take on more collections if we need her to which is really helpful!  We are glad that gap has been such a good fit for her and her growing family.

 

My blog series will be on hiatus shortly as I am going to be out on maternity leave in a week or so.  That being said, I am going to try and get in as many as possible before I go so stay tuned, and hopefully we’ll be learning more about another collector very soon!

vanessa

 

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Retail Data Collector #6: Jamie from Omaha

My latest blog in the Retail Data Collector blog series features Jamie from Omaha. I had known Jamie for several years before I started working at gap and when we needed to hire a collector in Omaha, I knew that she would be a great fit.

Location: Omaha, NE

Q: How long have you been working with gap?

A: 1 Year

Q: How did you get involved with gap?

A: Karen was my basketball coach at the University of Nebraska Omaha. When she became retail manager at gap and they were hiring in Omaha, she asked if I wanted a cool job and if I was in need of a little extra money… what college kid isn’t???

Q: What is your favorite part of the job?

A: The freedom of being allowed to work the hours that fit around my school and basketball schedule. I also really enjoy payday!

Q: What is your favorite product category to collect and why?

A: My favorite category to collect is tablets because I think I have them about memorized… in order… at every store. It has become a personal challenge to see if I can walk into a store and log them only by looking at my app, then go through the tablets and see if I did it correctly! (It’s the little victories in life!)

Q: What is your favorite store to visit and why?

A: My favorite store to visit is RadioShack because it is in the mall and conveniently located right next to Finish Line (a sports store with great shoes).

Q: What is something that you’ve learned about retail and consumer electronics through working with gap?

A: Honestly, I am somewhat electronically challenged. Before I started collecting, I had no clue what an external hard drive was until I started collecting at OfficeMax. The same old man that talks my ear off every week has explained to me in detail what the purpose of a hard drive is. I love going to that store just to have my weekly conversation with Greg.

Q: What is the strangest incident to happen to you while collecting? ( A kick-out story, mean manager story, etc…)

A: I have been kicked out of Nebraska Furniture Mart about four times (Karen would alwaysmake me go back and try again). Finally one time they surrounded me with about five department managers and wouldn’t let me leave the store. Naturally I called Karen to save me and she had to talk to the managers on the phone and assure them that I was not a teenage delinquent, but a grown adult just trying to do my job. I was finally able to leave the store but am officially no longer able to go back. Fifth time’s not the charm I guess!

Q: Share something interesting about yourself: Hobbies? Family? Other Job? Kids? Pets? Anything!

A: I am a senior and play basketball at the University of Nebraska Omaha. I graduate in May and hope to live out my dream by playing professionally overseas.
As you can tell I have known Jamie for quite some time and she has been a really good fit for gap. It has been really nice working with her as she’s a little easier to coach in regards to the app and collecting than she was on the basketball court  I wish her the best of luck with her future basketball endeavors, but unfortunately that means we will probably need to find someone to replace her in Omaha. Hopefully we can hang on to her as long as possible!
Jamie Nash

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Retail Data Collector #5: Minda from Tampa

In 2013 I am continuing my series of blogs that feature gap’s retail data collectors and for my first one of of the year, I move from our husband and wife duo in Seattle, to Minda, our collector in Tampa, FL. Minda has been fun to work with, and from what I can tell, and as you can probably tell from her picture, she seems like she has a very fun personality.
Location: Beautiful, sunny Tampa, FL

Q: How long have you been working with gap?
A: 1 ½ years

Q: How did you get involved with gap?
A: My background is in print advertising sales. With the change in advertising formats and of course the economy, good advertising sales positions are rarely available. To find employment, I decided to look for other ways to make money and wanted a part time position to supplement my income. I found the ad for this job on Craigslist and started shortly after.

Q: What is your favorite part of the job?
A: I love the flexibility of the position and that when I see a really good deal on a product I can tell my friends about it. Also, this job does make a big difference in my lifestyle and fills time. I hope to have it a long time.

Q: What is your favorite product category to collect and why?
A: Cameras because my daughter is a photographer.

Q: What is your favorite store to visit and why?
A: Sears; the prices seem to be fair and they don’t do the price hiking/sale thing. I also like that it is in the mall.

Q: What is something that you’ve learned about retail and consumer electronics through working with gap?
A: The pricing practices. A product may be priced to look as if it is on sale, but often times the price is increased and discounted, and with that discount it is the price it originally was the week before.

Q: What is the strangest incident to happen to you while collecting? ( A kick-out story, mean manager story, etc…)
A: All the stores and their employees know what I am doing so they pretty much say hi and leave me alone. A lady did ask me what the application for price comparison was. I told her I didn’t work for the store and she said she saw me entering info and just assumed that’s what I was doing.

Q: Share something interesting about yourself: Hobbies? Family? Other Job? Kids? Pets? Anything!
A: I have been in Tampa for 5 years and love it here. I moved here after my beloved husband passed away. I enjoy going to the beaches often, the sunsets here are beautiful. Having been laid off from my full time position in June, I am presently working another part time job while looking for a full time position. I am also considering taking classes in social media this fall. I enjoy going to listen to the local bands play around town. I have a wonderful daughter who graduated from the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco. She still lives in San Francisco and is a photographer.

We have really enjoyed having Minda on our team of collectors and as always, I really enjoyed putting this blog together because I got to know more about her. I’m sure she is enjoying the warm weather in Tampa while we here in San Diego have been freezing (all relative of course!)

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Retail Data Collector Feature #4: Jim and Jeane from Seattle

Continuing my blog series about our retail data collectors around the country, I now move from our collector in Boston, to our husband and wife team of Jim and Jeane in Seattle, Washington.  Jim and Jeane are our only current tandem team and have found a great balance in working together to get us accurate data!

Q: How long have you been working with gap?

We started with gap a little over two years ago in August 2010.

Q: How did you get involved with gap?

We were recruited by gap based on our experience with the NPD Group. We worked with the NPD Group in a similar position for about 3 years prior to being hired by gap.

Q: What is your favorite part of the job?

We owned a few small businesses for about 18 years, so the independent nature of the position appealed to us.

Q: What is your favorite product category to collect and why?

Printers because they are usually well organized and labeled correctly (as opposed to some other categories), so it feels like we’re getting better and more accurate information. It’s also an interesting category, and we like to keep up with the technology and changing features.

Q: What is your favorite store to visit and why?

OfficeMax because the employees are friendly and the store is clean and well organized.

Q: What is something that you’ve learned about retail and consumer electronics through working with gap?

We have learned that the market is ever changing.   It is always amazing to see the speed with which products come, go, and change.

Q: What is the strangest incident to happen to you while collecting?

Our strangest incident was being surrounded at Fry’s by three individuals and feeling as if we were going to be arrested before being told to leave and never return again. It was strangely aggressive and a little weird.

Q: Can you share something interesting about yourself: Hobbies? Family? Other Job? Kids? Pets? Anything!

We both work in the world of non-profits.  Jeane is a pre-school teacher and Jim manages two departments it a regional performing arts center. We have two grown children, a 110 lb dog named Jack, a cat named Bob, and enjoy attending every Seattle Sounders game.

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Retail Data Collector Feature #3: Tim from Boston

 

As a part of my continuing Q&A blog series about our retail data collectors around the country, I am moving from our collector in Chicago, to Tim, our collector in Boston.  Tim was the first person I hired when I moved to the retail manager position at gap, and I am happy to say that it has been an excellent fit!

Q: How long have you been working with gap?

A: I have been working with gap for about 8 months.

Q: How did you get involved with gap?

A: I responded to an ad on craigslist, submitted my resume, and was contacted soon after.

Q: What is your favorite part of the job?

A: The flexible schedule is really my favorite part of the job.  I am currently a full-time student so this allows me to work whenever I have the opportunity which is exactly what I was looking for when applying to gap.

Q: What is your favorite product category to collect and why?

A: I like to collect notebooks and tablets simply because of the fact they are sometimes just fun to mess around with.  If I ever feel the need for a break from collecting I might just play a quick game on a tablet or check out some of the nice notebooks.

Q: What is your favorite store to visit and why?

A: I enjoy going to MicroCenter because over time I have actually become friends with some of the employees.

Q: What is something that you’ve learned about retail and consumer electronics through working with gap?

A: The market changes quite a bit.  More so than most industries, the electronics and technology industry (most notably notebooks and tablets) is constantly evolving and innovating.

Q: What is the strangest incident to happen to you while collecting?

A: I have been asked to leave a few stores before.  My first ever collection I was told that I was loitering and had to leave if I had no intention of buying anything.  I didn’t think that I would be able to continue collecting if I kept getting kicked out of places, but it has pretty much been smooth sailing ever since!

Q: Can you share something interesting about yourself: Hobbies? Family? Other Job? Kids? Pets? Anything!

A: I am a student at Northeastern University (gap’s office printing analyst Jake Fishman’s alma mater) and will graduate in May 2013.  I am originally from New York, and have lived in Boston now for the last 4 years. I am an avid fan of the Yankees and Giants and enjoy living in enemy territory (Red Sox, Patriots). I have two younger identical twin brothers and two great parents at home!

 

Tim shared some really great answers with us, and I can’t help but remind him that lucky for me, the Denver Broncos have the better of the two Manning brothers – now I just have to hope that Peyton can match Eli in the number of rings he has!  How does a Manning vs. Manning 2013 Super Bowl sound? I’m pretty sure both Tim and I would agree that would be pretty awesome.

Past retail data collector features:
Vegas (written by former retail manager, Christine Boersing)
Atlanta
Chicago

 

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