How many times have you walked around a department store, especially during the holidays, and felt badly for whoever had to fix all those messy shelves? That’s where National Salesperson Day comes in. Shoppers should always be thankful for their help, but on December 14, be sure to go out of your way to say “I appreciate you!”
We’ve celebrated since 2000, making it a point to thank all the salespeople we come in contact with and even posting to social media.
National Salesperson Day - History
The first usage of the modern "Black Friday" term
Philadelphia police used the term “Black Friday” to describe the post-Thanksgiving shopping chaos, mixed with an influx of tourists for that Saturday’s Army-Navy football game.
Sept. 24, 1869
The first recorded usage of the term "Black Friday"
It referred to the U.S. gold market’s crash in the 1860s.
April 7, 1818
The oldest U.S. department store opened
Brooks Brothers opened its first store — in New York City.
Merchant capitalism, the earliest phase in capitalism’s development, started in the medieval Islamic world.
National Salesperson Day Activities
1. Thank EVERYONE
Whether you're gassing up, stopping for coffee, or picking up a gift, be sure to thank all the salespeople you come in contact with. They'll appreciate it.
2. Share a favorite story
Hop on social media and use #NationalSalespersonDay to share a favorite story when someone went out of their way to help. Those feel-good stories give everyone — salespeople and otherwise — the warm-fuzzies.
3. Pass out gift cards
Want to go above and beyond? Have a favorite salesperson in particular who always helps? Hand him/her a $5 gift card to your favorite coffee shop to say "thanks."
4 Ways Thanking A Salesperson Can Help You
1. Gratitude is good for your physical health
Grateful people exercise more often and have fewer aches and pains.
2. Gratitude is good for your mental health
It can reduce emotions like frustration, resentment, envy, and regret.
3. Gratitude increases your empathy
Grateful people are less likely to seek revenge, while remaining sensitive to others' emotions.
4. Gratitude even helps us overcome trauma
Veterans who were grateful experienced fewer occurrences of PTSD.
Why We Love National Salesperson Day
A. The holidays are everyone's favorite time to give back
Charitable giving goes up during the holiday season, but saying "thank you" doesn't cost a penny. Remember to show your gratitude — and make the busy shopping season a little brighter for salespeople.
B. Sales is a difficult job
Sales jobs can bring uncertainty, pressure, long hours and, yes, thanklessness. It's easy to help alleviate at least one of those: say "thank you!"
C. 'The customer is always right'
The mantra is great when you're a customer, but what if you're on the other side of it? A salesperson's knowledge of their merchandise is unsurpassed, and it's important for customers to give props for that.