15 things all Trader Joe's employees know that most shoppers don't
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- Trader Joe's stores are pretty unique in the grocery world.
- So it's no surprise why the company has picked up a cult following.
- Here are some facts and tips to help you out on your next Trader Joe's run, courtesy of current and former Trader Joe's crew members themselves.
Trader Joe's stores boast plenty of unique traditions and quirky practices.
And, of course, no one knows better about all of that than Trader Joe's employees themselves.
According to Glassdoor, Trader Joe's has over 460 locations in 41 states. About 38,000 employees work for the company. Their roles are divided up into nautically-themed categories, including crew members, merchants, mates, and captains.
Here's a look at some facts that all Trader Joe's crew members know that many shoppers don't:
Packaging isn't important to the chain
Trader Joe's sends some crew members on global food expeditions
Trader Joe's gets creative with its branding
There's a reason why many items get discontinued
If you're shopping with kids, tell them to keep an eye out for a hidden surprise
Crew members really appreciate it when you pitch in at checkout
There's a strategy that will help you get a ton of free samples
Or you could get a job at Trader Joe's for endless sampling
Understaffing isn't an issue at the store
Each store also has as sizable group of middle managers
Employees don't just ring bells for the fun of it
Store 'spoils' are donated to local charities
Trader Joe's job candidates are asked if they have a 'sense of adventure'
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