11.290 Gimbab


21 (Wed) October 2020



in my office

-Seongsu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with the team

First time eating in my new office.

My new office.

Twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, our company hosts a warehouse sale for the general public.  Over 4 days, customers are invited to roam the stacks, browse the biggest inventory of books in the country, and buy buy buy at extra reduced prices.  It’s insane.  This year, however, due to the pandemic, the spring sale went virtual.  Same this fall, starting today through Saturday.  So gratifying to participate as an official member of the team.  On one hand, the virtual modality is more relaxed with just us in the building, no pressure of face-to-face customer service.  On the other hand, in-person transactions are usually finished on the spot, the customer taking their books with them (big purchases are shipped), and the day is done when the last customer leaves, but virtual orders require every book to be found, wrapped, and shipped by us, and Korean customers expect next day delivery, so we’re here all night until all the orders are filled, and the whole thing starts all over again tomorrow.

The processing room; the computers are repurposed into cash registers during in-person events.
Inventory overflow.
The Harry Potter section.
The Newbery section.
Children’s books.
Picture books.
The vast majority of our customers comprise mothers of young children.
Adult non-fiction, a small part of our business … as yet.
Cookbooks, an insignificant part of our business … as yet.
The 4th and final batch of orders for the day.

Welcome to my new world.

(For more details re food, see WHAT)

(For more details re venue, see WHERE IN KOREA)

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