20 Things You Didn't Know About Trader Joe’s Slideshow
December 11, 2017
This insanely popular supermarket is unlike any other
20 Things You Didn't Know About Trader Joe’s
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There are dozens of supermarket brands out there, but none are quite like Trader Joe’s. Just setting foot in one will tell you that you’re someplace special: The walls are colorfully painted, the employees are wearing Hawaiian shirts, and most of the products don’t resemble any that you’ve ever seen before. We tracked down 20 facts that we bet you didn’t know about Trader Joe’s, even if you’re a regular shopper.
Compared to Regular Grocery Stores, They Stock a Shockingly Small Number of Products
You Can Get Free Samples of Anything in the Store
There’s No PA System at Any Store
Products Can Come and Go with No Warning
New products are introduced every week, and that means that if a product isn’t selling well, it’s going to be on the chopping block. Other reasons why a product might disappear is if it’s a seasonal item or if the cost of producing the item increases to a point where it’s no longer a good deal. To stay on top of what’s coming and going, sign up to receive their Fearless Flyer.
80 to 90 Percent of Products Sold Are Store-Brand
The Private Label Products Are GMO Free and Contain No Artificial Flavors, Preservatives, Colors, or Trans Fats
Mandarin Orange Chicken Is the Most Popular Item
You’ll Never Find a Coupon for It
Because the company works hard to guarantee the cheapest prices around, they don’t offer any coupons, membership rewards, or anything like that.
Their Employees Are Treated Really Well
Part-time employees can expect to earn $20 an hour (with full benefits!), and managers can earn up to $130,000 annually.
Every Location Has an Artist on Staff
That’s why the murals are always locally-oriented and the artwork is always on-point.
The Fearless Flyer Is Invaluable
Even though it doesn’t have any coupons in it, Trader Joe’s newsletter/catalog/comic book, which you can find online or in print (you can pick it up at stores or have it mailed to you) details popular items, new additions, general notices to shoppers, and other important info. If you’re a regular TJ’s shopper, make sure you check it out!
They Host Occasional Contests
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Make sure you keep tabs on the chain’s events page; it occasionally hosts recipe competitions, as well as annual votes for the most popular items.
All of Its Food Waste Is Donated to Local Food Banks
If an item hasn’t been purchased and is about to hit its expiration date, it’ll be removed from shelves and donated to a local food bank instead of thrown out. In 2016, a whopping 341 million dollars’ worth of food was donated to local organizations!
The Staff’s Shirts Each Have Different Meanings
Take a look at the team members next time you’re at a TJ’s, and you’ll notice that different types of staffers were different shirts. If they’re wearing a solid-colored shirt with a big hibiscus flower on the back, they’re “crew members” who can help you with most questions, like tracking down an item. Managers are the ones wearing button-down Hawaiian shirts, and you’ll only need to talk to them if there’s a major issue.
You Can Be Rewarded for Bringing Your Own Bag
Trader Joe’s is trying to cut down on the amount of paper and plastic bags they use, so they’ve incentivized customers with a weekly “bring your own bag” raffle: If you use reusable bags, you can fill out a form to add your name for a chance to win a $25 gift card.