I work for a major book store chain. We were told we were going to 'optimize' our fiction sections.
So, if we receive ten of a trade paper book that we are not normally modeled for, we are not allowed to put them in section. We have to put it on a new release table. We have about four different New Release tables to house our trade paper books. New Fiction, Treat Yourself to Great Fiction, and two tables that we did ourselves which house non-modeled new trade paper books.
We were sold this on the basis that it would help customers find their new books quicker. Most people just go to the section to search for a book, now when they want something we have to check a lot of different displays or tables.
Hell, we end up with no room for most of these and if they don't sell within six weeks; very well just send them back. All the while we have a large amount of room in our fiction section.
Every time I hear a new policy from corporate I want to scream at how stupid they are. I think it should be mandatory for anyone that works at a corporate level and makes policy that directly impacts a day to day bookseller's life they should have to work in a store as a bookseller for a year. So that they have some common knowledge of how things actually are. Either that, or get some common fucking sense.