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Wal-Mart struggles to restock shelves

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  1. Mar 5, 2013 #41 of 146
    phrelin

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    Well, according to CNNMoney More people look for love at Wal-Mart. According to the article:
    Maybe they don't need to stock their shelves....:sure:
     
  2. Mar 5, 2013 #42 of 146
    AntAltMike

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    ...and thereby taking that mythical ranking from the laundramat, which had previously taken it from the frozen foods section...

    Met my old lover in the grocery store
    The snow was falling Christmas Eve
    I stole behind her in the frozen foods
    And I touched her on the sleeve



    How many people out there have heard that their college won Playboy Magazine's annual Best Party School title three years running and so they retired the trophy?
     
  3. Mar 5, 2013 #43 of 146
    Nick

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    re: the laundromat, why would I want to meet someone who didn't have their own washer and dryer? :confused:
     
  4. Mar 5, 2013 #44 of 146
    Laxguy

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    Because it might be a rich princess who's slumming it.
     
  5. Mar 5, 2013 #45 of 146
    Stewart Vernon

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    Because you don't need two?

    ;)
     
  6. Mar 6, 2013 #46 of 146
    James Long

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    Would one be in a laundromat if they were not in the same situation?
    Something in common.

    One could meet on public transit and have that in common. Or meet in a club and have that in common. Or meet at a sporting event or theatrical performance. Something in common.

    The people shopping for connections at Walmart have their choice of retailer in common.
     
  7. Mar 6, 2013 #47 of 146
    Nick

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    Not necessarily. I wouldn't regularly use a laundromat, but sometimes take in large items. Of course, I use the window. I suppose one could just hang out there, buying little boxes of soap as a clever cover. :p
    Not to mention, having those tacky flip-flops in common.
     
  8. Mar 6, 2013 #48 of 146
    MysteryMan

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    Because smart people look at what others have to offer and not at what they have. ;) My wife and I have been happily married going on 37 years. Neither one of us owned a washer and dryer when met.
     
  9. Mar 27, 2013 #49 of 146
    phrelin

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    Bloomberg News did a new story on Wal-Mart Customers Flee Wal-Mart Empty Shelves for Target, Costco. The company contested the accusation about empty shelves. Here's part of what the story says:
    The problem is the Secaucus story is what we've seen in the nearby local store. Meanwhile a new Costco is coming in an area that IMHO doesn't have the population to support both.
     
  10. Mar 27, 2013 #50 of 146
    joshjr

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    I noticed this at our local Wal-Mart this last week. There were a lot of shelves that were completely empty. If they had more to restock it with then it was definitely in the back. If they have added so many stores how is it possible they have a reduction in man power? Open more stores and employ less. Something does not add up.
     
  11. Mar 27, 2013 #51 of 146
    Rich

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    We have scheduled deliveries of nonperishable goods from Amazon. We do a lot of shopping on Amazon. Our local WM has many empty shelves, I was just there a couple days ago and was surprised that they didn't have the shelves fully stocked. This has been going on since Sandy hit. Could that be part of the problem?

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  12. Mar 27, 2013 #52 of 146
    Rich

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    Sam must be rolling in his grave. The whole point of putting in all those cash registers was keeping the customers happy. Sam saw unused registers as a roadblock when he formulated his plan for the WMs. Must have 30 registers in our WM and most are always turned off.

    My son and I hit a Target yesterday and they had no express lanes open and only 4 registers open. Took forever to check out. I don't like Targets. Just an opinion.

    But, the other day I needed something our supermarket was out of and one of the workers told me the K-Mart in the same center might have it. What an experience that was! Half the lights in every four tube fluorescent fixture were off. Every fixture in the store. Made the store unusually dim and wasn't conducive to shopping. Been years since I was in a K-Mart and I was surprised at how poor the store looked.

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  13. Mar 27, 2013 #53 of 146
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    Not here.

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  14. Mar 27, 2013 #54 of 146
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    Per SayWhat?.... :lol:

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  15. Mar 27, 2013 #55 of 146
    Cholly

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    I just read the Bloomberg article, and it is sadly true in this area. Wal-Mart management in Bentonville is totally out of touch with reality. It seems that they look at "in stock" reports from their inventory management system and conclude that all is well, when in truth the merchandise is sitting in the back room, waiting for (nonexistent) associates to bring the merchandise to the sales floor. Night receiving crews will bring pallets of newly received merchandise out to the sales floor on third shift, only to have most of them returned to the back room because there was no one available to stock shelves.
    The trend of scheduling associates by computer started over ten years ago and because it showed a decrease in labor costs, has expanded over the years to the point of predicting the number of associates needed based on sales from a prior period. Management isn't smart enough to understand that having adequate, knowledgeable help on the sales floor drives sales. As to merchandise being in stock and on the sales floor, while they seem to have learned a bit on the grocery side of the business (regarding fresh fruits and vegetables), while general merchandise almost seems like a forgotten stepchild.
     
  16. Mar 27, 2013 #56 of 146
    Drucifer

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    Well the last two times to my Wal*Mart Superstore they had zero decaf tea. Except for a couple boxes of their brand, which I would never buy. And Limited amount of Lipton 100's. I took two and left two.

    There isn't another large superstore anywhere near here.

    Maybe they should use shelves that are not two feet deep.
     
  17. Mar 27, 2013 #57 of 146
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    There is more to this story than meets the eye or has been published.

    Without going into proprietary details...

    Let's just say that most Walmart departments are stocked with merchandise that is inventoried, distributed, and tracked by various vendor partners.

    Those partners are dependent on Walmart staff to not only handle merchandise shipping arrivals at each store, but also provide support for its placement in stores along with vendor staff guidance/participation.

    Some stores don't handle this process as efficiently as others, and in some cases....noteffectively or properly...resulting in various negative inventories being displayed in public (blank shelves or low stock in public view).

    Overall, this is a sound process...but it comes down to execution as well as the actually merchandise inventory itself. If things sit on the loading docks or get misplaced so that vendors cannot identify and assure things are displayed...the net result is the public never sees it to buy it.

    Not saying this happens all the time or in this case....just that it does happen.
     
  18. Mar 27, 2013 #58 of 146
    Tom Robertson

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    The only part I disagree with is the "most" departments. Or at least I think it might be disingenuous. While many shelves are stocked by vendors and other third parties, I have watched many other shelves being stocked by the people I know working at the stores. My rough estimate is that less than 50% are stocked from outside vendors.

    That said, you are right in all the other details. Many chains use third party vendors for stocking their products and have for years. Softdrinks, breads, and Nabisco products are some of the first participants. (I got a heck of a deal from the Red Barron deliveryman. A ton of great coupons.) :)

    Peace,
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  19. Mar 27, 2013 #59 of 146
    hdtvfan0001

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    Actually...most departments are serviced by vendors....however....Walmart staff either participates in or leads the actual stocking work itself. It comes down to insurance, and use of forklifts and other equipment to move the inventories.

    Based on the information I got from a close family member who is a vendor now for 6 years at various Walmart locations...about 65% of the stock is handled by 3rd part vendors...and that % seems to be growing over time.

    One single vendor alone manages inventory in 8 different areas of the typically store.

    What is visible to the public is the physical moving of inventory to the shelves in many cases - alot of which is by store staff indeed as you astutely indicated. Still....if, when, and how that inventory is stocked is not always consistent with directions, plans, or direction coming from the vendors. It can cause all sorts of "issues" at times, including shelves that shouldn't really be empty (stock is in their "back room" for example). That was my real point.
     
  20. Mar 27, 2013 #60 of 146
    AntAltMike

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    I just made a Pilgrimage to Walmart today just because of this thread and saw nothing dire, except in the TV section, where there was absolutely NO shelved inventory of over 80% of the display models. In fact, there were just eight boxed sets 40" or larger, three 39" and ten 32" TVs that were all the same model and that was it, yet there were no open box sale tags on the sets that were not backed up by floor inventory, so I don't know if they had them out back.

    The men's jeans racks has smaller piles on them, so if I wanted three of my exact size jeans of the same make, the odds would have been against me finding three pair my size, at least of the $9.98 ones. Beyond that, the only really barren shelf section I saw was in the window air conditioner, box/pole fan section, but I know that two years ago when I went looking for an air conditioner out of season in a Home Depot to cool off an electronics headend room, those shelves were bare, too. There were no supply shortages of any grocery items.

    This was at Landover Hills, Maryland, just minutes outside of Washington, DC
     

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