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Wal-Mart struggles to restock shelves

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  1. Apr 4, 2013 #121 of 146
    James Long

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    So ... is it "in the store" somewhere including being on the shelf?

    In the store doesn't help when it is not on the shelf. Too many people will walk instead of trying to hunt down an employee to go fetch stock that should be readily available on the sales floor.
     
  2. Apr 4, 2013 #122 of 146
    houskamp

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    funny how stuff stays "in stock" when it isn't availible to buy..
     
  3. Apr 4, 2013 #123 of 146
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    Yesterday I stopped at our local Wal-Mart Superstore (only because somebody gave me a gift card for Christmas) and was shocked at how depleted the electronics department was. I think they may have had a total of five Blu-ray players on the shelf. Even simple things like cables were in short supply. Same was true with computer supplies like ink. I've seen stores that were closing with more stock.

    And of course, as usual, my biggest ongoing complaint was the lack of open checkouts. Out of 28 only three were open and those had long lines of shoppers with full carts of groceries. :(
     
  4. Apr 5, 2013 #124 of 146
    tsmacro

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    Ultimately we can thank the American consumer for this. The very behemoth that Wal-Mart has become is thanks to one thing, they figured out better than anyone that the American consumer will put up with just about anything as long as they can buy more stuff for less money. American consumers will put up with poor customer service, poor quality products, reducing our standard of living by putting their neighbors and themselves out of work because we buy our stuff from overseas and put their locally owned businesses out of business. This a company that by many accounts that doesn't treat or pay a majority of their workers very well and despite all these things it's one of the biggest in the world because the American consumer values saving a buck above all else.
     
  5. Apr 5, 2013 #125 of 146
    Drucifer

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    Well, considering the minimum wage has greatly fallen behind the cost of living, they don't exactly have much of a choice except to buy cheap.

    But this doesn't explain Wal*Mart frequently near empty shelves for food stuff.
     
  6. Apr 5, 2013 #126 of 146
    AntAltMike

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    I've never grocery-shopped at a Walmart, but it could be that they have found that same distribution model was not as profitable for them in perishables goods as it was in durable goods. I remember when the banks started in "partnering" with different businesses to offer credit cards somewhat tethered to different businesses and partly subsidized by them, they wound up having to drop their relationship with supermarkets because the overwhelming majority of the new cardholders were just taking care of the free float they got by paying the entire food purchase balance on the last day or two before it would start accruing interest, so while store sales by those customers did not go up, they got a free float of a fraction of a month that someone had to pay for. With many durables, the new credit card holders would have taken advantage of the newly acquired credit to make purchases that they otherwise would not have made, thereby increasing sales, and they would have occasionally succumbed to buy things that they hoped to be able to pay for before the interest charges began but couldn't, but with groceries, the quantities were relatively fixed and the expenditure amounts manageable.

    Many grocery shoppers are notorious skin-flints. My late aunt Barbara, who was financially comfortable, used to buy each and every grocery item at whatever store sold it for the least, even if it meant spending an extra half an hour and a few extra vehicle miles to save ten cents.
     
  7. Apr 5, 2013 #127 of 146
    tsmacro

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    Well one could argue that Wal-Mart has contributed to keeping wages low not only in their own company but via their business model in the USA as well. And yes you always have a choice, you buy less but higher quality or more cheap crap, it's not like most the people shopping at Wal-Mart are actually going to starve if they don't shop there. But I guess it all just feeds into Wal-Mart's business model, by keeping people where they're just barely keeping their heads above water they can convince them that they have to shop at their stores because they "can't afford" to go elsewhere.

    And yes it kind of does explain the near empty shelves, it would cost more to keep them stocked properly. Like I said the American consumer has been nothing but consistant in their willingness to put up with just about anything just to save a few bucks, they'll even put up with poorly stocked shelves apparently. After all what is Wal-Mart's motivation to spend the extra money it would take here? Maybe they'll finally get to the point where enough people will shop other places because of their stocking problem that it'll cost them more than it would to fix it, we'll know when that day comes because the shelves will suddenly be full again.
     
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    Since our WM opened, I've asked several times if something out of stock on the shelves was, perhaps, in the warehouse. Each time I've asked I've gotten the same answer, "No". They don't even bother to look up the item on a computer or look for the items.

    Rich
     
  10. Apr 5, 2013 #130 of 146
    phrelin

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    The debate over Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. role in our economy for me has always been a chicken-egg argument.

    In fact, it is statistically clear that consistently since the mid-1960's blue collar, service worker, and mid-to-low level white collar wages in CPI-adjusted dollars have declined. That means that money available for discretionary spending has consistently declined and, because it was small to begin with, it has all but disappeared for many. And since 1990 this trend has begun to affect upper level white collar workers and professionals. At the same time, worker productivity climbed at a steep rate.

    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. offered a retail model to allow people to keep from losing all flexibility with regard to discretionary spending. Whether that model can continue in the face of the ongoing decline in discretionary spending depends on the ability of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to continue to provide both necessities and nice-to-have goods at prices that continue to allow a large number of folks the ability to buy both.

    Wal-Mart isn't the "evil empire" many make it out to be. In 2009 they came out for the large employer health insurance mandate after, some say, debating whether to push for a single-payer plan. After all, the majority of their workers and customers are in that group of workers who have watched their disposable income decline to the point that they have no ability to engage in discretionary spending.

    Unfortunately, it appears that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. shelves are as empty has those in the homes of many of their customers. Bad management? Certainly that's part of the problem. Like many of their customers, part of the problem is they have over-extended themselves buying real estate - stores. And, like many of their customers who have been out of work for more than a year, the American economy focuses on what you did yesterday. That's not a logical view of the world, but it keeps many unemployed and may seriously damage Wal-Mart.
     
  11. Apr 5, 2013 #131 of 146
    Drucifer

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    Asking for any assistance in my local Wal*Mart super-center is a complete waste of my time.
     
  12. Apr 5, 2013 #132 of 146
    Lord Vader

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    With apologies for going off track, I just had to laugh about an article linked from the site you refer above:

    Target Admits “Manatee Gray” Is Maybe Not The Best Color Name For Body-Conscious Shoppers


    OK, let's have fun with more suggestions...

    * For the darker gray dresses we can call them "Hippo Gray" or "Rhino Gray"
    * For the black and white dresses, maybe "Orca style" will do ("Panda white" is just too cutesy)
    * For the blue dresses, let's see...maybe "Blue whale blue"? After all, the blue whale IS the largest living thing on the planet.

    But hey, shouldn't these dresses be named and sold at Wal-Mart and not Target? I mean, come on. Have you SEEN the lard @sses who putz around on those scooters (some day I'll have to share my story about my being assaulted by a scooter-driving fat lady with a banana that she threw at me)? I rest my case.
     
  13. Apr 5, 2013 #133 of 146
    Drucifer

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    My mom drove those cart really bad. She actually took out a whole cashier station trying to squeeze thru. I was in stitches and totally useless trying to fix things.

    Now with my back acting up, I'm the one often putting around in one. Most, but not all fellow customers, are polite to me.
     
  14. Apr 5, 2013 #134 of 146
    Lord Vader

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    I agree that most are polite. I just got run into--twice--by some woman who had to be at least 400 lbs. Both times were her fault, and neither time did she apologize. In fact, the 2nd time, she told me I should watch where I'm walking. When I retorted a comment back to her, I then turned around and proceeded down the aisle, when suddenly comes this banana flying past my head. Had I not been bending over to pick up an item off a shelf, the banana would have hit me in the head.

    I picked up the banana, walked over to her, and said, "Excuse me, Maam, but you don't look like someone who would want to ever waste a piece of food." :D

    My dad told me he would have loved to have seen the police report had the banana hit me. "Assault with a deadly banana," he commented. :rolling:
     
  15. Apr 6, 2013 #135 of 146
    Rich

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    Yeah, sadly. Even Home Depot has a lot of associates that try to help, but don't know how to. For instance, I was looking for a large whet stone to sharpen one of my machetes and asked an associate where they might be. His reply: "We've only got dry stones, I can show you where they are." True story.

    The HDs used to hire retired craftsman at a higher wage to man the plumbing, electrical, and departments of that ilk. Don't see that anymore. What I see is downsized workers trying to explain how things work when they really don't have any clue as to how to how they work. Lowes is even worse.

    Rich
     
  16. Apr 6, 2013 #136 of 146
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    My Walmart in NC constantly looks like it's going out of business. Things you should expect to always be in stock, like Hershey's Syrup or Hostess cupcakes (before they went out of business. Another sign?) go missing for days sometimes.

    I tell my son, "America, 2013". He knows what I mean.
     
  17. Apr 6, 2013 #137 of 146
    mystic7

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    Wow, couldn't she summon up any feces to fling? :eek2:
     
  18. Apr 6, 2013 #138 of 146
    Lord Vader

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    Not convenient enough.
     
  19. Apr 7, 2013 #139 of 146
    Rich

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    You do realize she's probably gone home and reloaded? ... :lol:

    Rich
     
  20. Apr 7, 2013 #140 of 146
    Lord Vader

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    I doubt that. I'm sure the hippo has eaten all her bananas.
     

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