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Wal-Mart struggles to restock shelves

Discussion in 'The OT' started by phrelin, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Mar 27, 2013 #61 of 146
    hdtvfan0001

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    Great info and post - actually its a good example. That vendor happens to be closing down inventory of "last year's models" and in the midst of bringing out new models in electronics (TV's in particular). Stock could indeed be in the back somewhere and just not displayed yet...or not even received at the story yet.

    The challenge for the consumer is they typically don't care why...but are kept guessing "where's all the TV's I could buy?". A valid point aligned with the original post to some degree.
     
  2. Mar 27, 2013 #62 of 146
    Tom Robertson

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    As is common in discussions, you and I are basically in agreement, just pointing out the finer details from slightly different angles. The good news is this type of discussion tends to draw out a bit more information for everyone. :)

    But just in case we need further discussion, I propose we meet at a great pizza place in Green Bay as soon (and as often) as possible. :)

    Thanks for the updates and great info.
    Tom
     
  3. Mar 27, 2013 #63 of 146
    Lord Vader

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    And the 500-lb. fat people riding around on those scooters, bumping into other shoppers. Don't get me started on those rude tubs of lard! (Because I actually had a not-so-friendly run-in with a woman riding one.)
     
  4. Mar 27, 2013 #64 of 146
    Lord Vader

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    That's actually optional and not a requirement. ;)
     
  5. Mar 27, 2013 #65 of 146
    Cholly

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    While I agree that much stocking is done by vendors, I must disagree with your percentages. In the Garden Centers, seeds and plants are stocked by vendors, as is propane. Many other garden products are delivered to the stores by vendors, but are stocked by store personnel. Many grocery products are stocked by vendors, as are many health and beauty aids. In Electronics, CD's and DVD's, along with some software, are stocked by vendors and store personnel They are delivered to the stores by vendors, rather than from Walmart distribution centers. Virtually everything else in Electronics comes from a Walmart distribution center. I think you'll find that most items in hardlines departments come from a distribution center and not from vendors, although the stores do get heavy UPS deliveries from vendors (which, in turn, are stocked by store personnel).

    In a sense, delivery and stocking by vendors should be more efficient because products come directly from the vendor.
     
  6. Mar 28, 2013 #66 of 146
    hdtvfan0001

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    You may have misunderstood what I posted earlier.

    I stated most of the areas in the store had inventory managed by vendors. That means ordering, following display plans, doing inventory counts, organizing inventory stocking and returns, doing surveys on inventory placement and shipments, and related tasks.

    I also stated that store staff significantly particpates in the actually stocking on the shelves. There are insurance issues that come into play in terms of large, heavy, and major quantities of inventory to be moved form the loading docks to holding areas or shelves thereafter, which is why sotre staff are engaged in those situations - so the public sees Walmart folks doing stock in plenty of cases.

    Actually, Wallmart distribution centers deliver the majority of store inventory, except for smaller items as you correctly referenced.

    Yes, one vendor alone manages electronics, books, CD's DVDs, as well as 4 other product areas of the store. That inventory all comes from the distribution center. There are other vendors who manage just 1-2 areas. All of these are contracted relationships, which include stipulations for who moves various types of inventory to shelves.

    So circling back to the original post...inventories can indeed be in short supply if not shipped on time, behind schedule, or in low availability in parts of the country at times. All those situations arise to result in what the OP mentioned in Post #1.
     
  7. Mar 28, 2013 #67 of 146
    Rich

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    We get our tea at amazon.com.

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  8. Mar 28, 2013 #68 of 146
    hdtvfan0001

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    That's actually an interesting side-conversation point.

    There has been a clear and noticeable change in food-store inventories over the past year or so - with many brands or products "disappearing from shelves" - and I'm not just talking about Twinkies and Ho-Ho's.

    Literally for years, we bought grocery items at a nearby large chain grocery store, only to see things "no longer be carried". In the past year, we've seen this happen more and more. In checking other stores, some did and some didn't carry them.
     
  9. Mar 28, 2013 #69 of 146
    Christopher Gould

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    I don't know where you get that Walmart is stock by venders. I work there and 80% of the store is stocked by Walmart employees not venders. Only thing I can think of is soda chip crackers bread cookies are completely vender stocked.
     
  10. Mar 28, 2013 #70 of 146
    hdtvfan0001

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    Obviously that varies by department and store.

    In plenty of cases, the vendor agreements specifically stipulate Walmart staff are to handle shelf stocking for merchandise - it depends if we're talking about crackers or HDTV's to be sure. Plan-o-grams determine layout that the vendors manage from, and then have Walmart staff work with them on to complete stocking.

    I get that from a family member who works in 4 stores as a vendor lead for the past 7 years and lives these situations every day.
     
  11. Mar 28, 2013 #71 of 146
    Rich

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    Amazon seems to have no problems when it comes to nonperishable groceries. And now, you can order once and have them shipped at intervals. With Amazon Prime, I even save on a lot of gas...it's well worth the $79 Prime shipping costs annually.

    Rich
     
  12. Mar 28, 2013 #72 of 146
    Drucifer

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    And those areas appear to be fine in my empty shelves Wal*Mart. With one except, the store brand cookie selection. That area is always barren.
     
  13. Mar 28, 2013 #73 of 146
    Rich

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    I believe you, but our local WM doesn't seem to have enough workers to stock shelves. There's never anyone around to ask questions of. They even did away with the greeters. I don't think Sam would be happy if he were around today, this was not his vision.

    Rich
     
  14. Mar 28, 2013 #74 of 146
    Lord Vader

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    The Supercenter near me got rid of their greeters as well, about 4 or 5 months ago, IIRC.
     
  15. Mar 28, 2013 #75 of 146
    Drucifer

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    Most of this past winter, the santi-wipes at the entryways also took frequent vacations.
     
  16. Mar 28, 2013 #76 of 146
    Drucifer

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    I'm a member of Prime too. But they added a new kink, the Amazon Prime part of an order, must be a minimum of $25.
     
  17. Mar 28, 2013 #77 of 146
    hdtvfan0001

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    As indicated...there are alternatives.
     
  18. Mar 28, 2013 #78 of 146
    Drucifer

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    Over the years my ordinary shopping has greatly increased at Amazon. That's why I became a Prime member.

    But being on the wrong side of senoritis, I just find it hard to pull the trigger on stuff I'm use to buying regularly in a supermarket.
     
  19. Mar 28, 2013 #79 of 146
    Lord Vader

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    Ditto. In fact, I have probably a dozen or so items on monthly Subscribe & Save.
     
  20. Mar 29, 2013 #80 of 146
    Rich

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    Yeah, that kinda blindsided me. Always wondered how they made money on a $3 item shipped by itself. Shouldn't bother me, we order so much stuff thru Amazon that the lower priced items will be shipped pretty quickly. Probably a good move for both Amazon and us. I'd hate to lose Prime shipping.

    They are also talking about changing the Prime fee from $79 a year to ~ $7.99 a month. Still worth it to us.

    Rich
     

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