Skip to comments.Customers Flee Wal-Mart Empty Shelves for Target, Costco
Posted on 03/26/2013 10:48:52 PM PDT by JSDude1Edited on 03/27/2013 4:56:55 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
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You have never obviously worked at a Walmart where thoughtless people let their little kids wet and do do on the floor without cleaning it up. That happens all the time. And they won’t let people in with dogs. :)
A lot of that is not necessarily Wal-mart’s fault. I can speak from experience when I say that kids often don’t want to work at all.
Eventually, one by one most of those former welfare recipients were let go. The stores replaced them with self-serve checkout stations. The store where I shop has 14 cashier stations. Nine are self-serve and at the most, only two of the remaining stations are manned by warm bodies.
So long as Walmart is paying $9 an hour, and cutting hours to less than 32 so they can avoid providing their rather minimal health insurance to workers, they will have problems now that unemployment is going down.
On the other hand Walmart Real Estate continues with its plan to put small businesses near Walmart out of business so they can capitalize on their real estate business. They really don’t care if the store looses money and fails, the real estate profits is their goal in a number of places, especially a city with a hot market.
“Welcome To Walmart Realty
Walmart Realty, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., is a real estate company that offers many development opportunities nationwide. Walmart Realty concentrates on commercial real estate located in or around our current and former locations. Walmart Realty’s mission is to find businesses to open in our former stores and clubs and to locate in available property around our stores. At Walmart Realty, we believe we have a responsibility to work with communities to find a use that generates economic growth and opportunity. We work at the local level with local brokers, economic development officials and elected leaders to find partners that best suits the needs of each local community.”
Note: The “elected leaders” are no doubt given campaign money to encourage them to favor new Walmart stores.
This has nothing to do with Obamacare. See my comment #24.
Other commenters have made good points, to few quality employees.
Also, Walmart has an automated reorder system that gets a bit screwy. It still relies on human maintenance, so staff in stocking shelves will screw it up.
Recently (well since Christmas), a particular item has been out of stock, but show some massive amt on the shelves and in backroom inventory. The inventory staff have tried to fix it, but the “policy” is the system runs itself. I think my son finally convinced someone the system was wrong and he got it ordered, but... 3 months lost sales and possibly customers.
The other day, my mobile phone charger wouldn't charge. I checked and noticed a short due to frayed insulation, which I fixed, enabling one last charge. Then I googled for chargers matching the specs of the broken one. One click on Amazon, and a replacement was on the way. $6.74, no shipping, no tax, thank you very much. Arrived with three bars still showing on the phone's battery indicator.
Can't imagine what the Walmart brick-and-mortar experience would have been like.
Same here. The store shelves are usually well stocked (Except right after the first of the month) and the employees can usually help you find what you need.
I always see plenty of worker at the Chino, CA Walmart, unfortunately very few of them are working the cash registers.
Maybe some of them could come and work at my Walmart? At the store I shop at, it isn't unusual to find only two checkout lanes open and full grocery carts lined up a half dozen deep with shoppers spending 45 minutes just waiting in line.
It's gotten to the point where I'm willing to spend a little more money at the grocery store just so I can get out of there.
The rule is that the more stuff you have to put up the sooner you get tired. Sounds like Wal-Mart is already driving their existing staff to the point where they go somewhere else ~
Or, just pay them in stock.
Apparently they forgot that if it takes 100 hours to stock a particular type of goods in one session and you chunk that up into 10 pieces, each piece will take 11 hours ~ because every time you need to stock that item you must PREPARE to stock it ~ and that includes having the employee who does that job on the scene, with the truck at the platform, and everybody with a power jack ~ whoops!!! NO POWER JACKS at Wal-Mart ~ so you need to have the BIG GUYS WITH THE MUSCLES on the scene with portable hand jacks all ready to go.
Then there's end of job clean-up.
Not surprising to see that the new system of reduced inventory on hand is leading to shortages. It always does.
Our local Walmart is installing more self-check machines, but the human staffed lines are still clogged. Some of the shoppers will never switch to self-check, and they WILL go elsewhere.
My local walmart chicom distribution center has employees all over the place. They work very hard at not working. Some employees are very hard workers (they also confirm what I say here) but I have seen the slackers work hard at looking like they are working. I am not alone in this observation. walmart... a once great American success story... sucks. At least here it does. Check the dates... many items are already at or past the “sell by date”
BINGO!!! You have backed up my post below. Thank you!
You are right on. I told my dh the employee- employer relationship is over. I have set goals for us to be self employeed or for me, subcontracted in two years. I hope we have enough time. I plan on bring the kids into it by four years. Obamacare has ended the security of working for someone else.
Same here. We usually stop at our Walmart once or twice a week. Shelves are stocked, many of the same people have been working there for years. Always courteous help, and the store is always impeccably clean.
Within the last few weeks, they installed a self-checkout area, which is turning out to be very popular.
We’re in rural Western Pa. Don’t know if that makes a difference or not.
Basing statements such as “employees said managers bonuses are based on payrolls” just indicates that this is a bogus story. Employees have no idea what managers bonuses are based on.
It’s not bogus about the empty shelves...but it is about the causes.
Only a fool would cut the product on their shelves in order to cut staff—or fail to stock items that sell to cut staff.
Once a year or so I go into a Wal-Mart looking for an item or two, and they are ALWAYS ‘out of stock’ on that particular item...seems to be plenty of everything else, though...
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