Plan-O-Grams are used by big box retail organizations such as Costco, WalMart, Staples and Canadian Tire to effectively merchandise their goods to their customers. Analysts study the habits of shoppers and suggest to the Plan-O-Grammers what should be where to maximize sales based on their price point.

Most large stores use shelves that can be accommodate gross amounts of overstock merchandise in order to keep prices low and sell mass quantities of it at the same time. Because of the onhand product and the competitive nature of retail, some order must be struck for those working at store level to maintain product flow.

Plan-O-Grams are prefab maps of where everything goes. Every store receiving a particular plan will have displays of the exact same type placed in the exact same place. There is zero room for creativity; in fact it's uniformity.

Assembling a Plan-O-Gram can be painstakingly tedious or (picture 72' of ballpoint pens, pencils and erasers in blister packs on pegboard) or quite simple, depending on the products it features. During my tenure as a retail slave, I assembled many.

They're good things, but they also remind you of how shitty your job really is.