In general, how much authority do local store managers have, in ordering products that the store usually doesn’t stock? Or even products that the store does usually stock?
It’s always seemed to me that the large chain stores, in particular, are very strongly managed – or micro-managed – by Corporate Headquarters, with respect to things like that. I’ve asked at local stores, for example, about certain products that are chronically sold-out, and the answer is always: We don’t control that. We get what Corporate decides we’ll get, and in the quantities they decide we’ll get.
(Although, to be sure, I wonder if that may be more of a limitation on what a vendor or manufacturer can supply, and thus on what the vendor or mfg is willing/able to deliver to each store.)
ETA: I know that Corporate micro-manages such petty details as the exact layout of each store and exactly what aisle and where each product is placed – they send out maps of the store showing exactly what goes where. I’ve seen the stockers at stores, occasionally, totally re-arranging the whole store, because Corporate sent them a new store layout.