With an office as unique as ours, you can only imagine that we have tons of interesting characters who work within these wacky walls decorated with boldly colorful murals. More than that, operating a company with so many subdivisions means everyone has an important job to keep it all afloat. Here in the Deals department, one of our most hardworking individuals is the Director of Merchandising. We love her so much we thought you would too! So get to know our fearless leader, Corinne Formisano.
Kristine: Tell us a little about what a Director of Merchandising does.
Corinne: My job, first and foremost, entails working the sales team to locate great deals and ensure the price points provide our customers with a bargain. From there, I must schedule them into the calendar and work with the creative, sales, and email teams to oversee the creation of the deal to its final destination on the Saveology website. Basically I baby each and every deal from its inception until it goes live online.
What are the key elements to a great deal?
Determining a great deal is a simple formula: it must be an exciting item with a good price. For instance, right now we’re running a deal for a bladeless fan–that’s not something you can find just anywhere. That’s what makes a great deal, something fresh and exciting, with savings to boot.
I know you’re a bit of a shopping junkie, how did this come in handy with your role in Merchandising?
What? Me?! No! (Laughs)
No, really, the best part is receiving samples and getting to play with the products and my addiction to daily deal sites does help with every aspect of my work. From the customer experience, to content, to the flow of information, to the layout of the website; it all helps me in providing the best buying experience possible.
Top 3 favorite features of Saveology Headquarters…go!
- Koi pond and baby turtles.
- The open layout for communication between departments.
- The dance music playing in the front lobby. It gets me super excited for the day.
What’s one thing you’d love to see sold on Saveology.com that will probably never make it to the e-mall?
If anything was fair game? How about…a deal on my bills? That would be fantastic!
What is one thing that we don’t know about you (secret talents, etc.)?
I taught myself to play the piano when my Grandma would babysit me as a kid. My parents would take me to her house sometimes to look after me, but really it was the piano that babysat me. I also can play the recorder with my nose.
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
Definitely Italy! While I have a deathly fear of flying, I do love to travel and I’ve heard it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I also want to go so I can trace my family roots. My family came from Southern and Northern Italy and emigrated to America way back when, but most of the history is lost. I’d probably go there on a cruise.
Could you see yourself in any other position besides this one?
Well, I’ve held 6 different positions while here at Saveology; 5 of those before the Deals department was created. I started out in our Call Center, and then became a Corporate Trainer, an Account Manager, Social Media Strategist, and Project Manager. I’ve been all over the map! But that’s what I love about Saveology; it has always challenged me with different roles and I can’t imagine leaving this position. Though, this is, by far, the most creatively challenging, fun, and rewarding job to date.
Okay, last question. What were your last greatest splurge, impulse, and bargain purchases?
Splurge: I recently bought a new 52-inch flat screen TV with all the bells and whistles, and that was huge for me. Before I was using one that with a built in VCR.
Bargain: My Kate Spade purse that I purchased from Gilt. I got it for only $100 and it cost $500!
Impulse: Absolutely EVERYTHING from Target. I mean, who needs specialty lavender & violet infused soap?