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(Financial Post)   Wal-Mart shelves are empty. They're empty because there aren't enough people to stock them. There aren't enough people to stock them because stores aren't selling enough. Stores aren't selling enough because the shelves are empty   (business.financialpost.com) divider line 119
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2013-03-27 05:38:51 PM

cabbyman: Dancin_In_Anson: cabbyman: If this is truly the case then Walmart either hires more people to do this work at whatever wage it requires to get them to work, figure out a way to get it done with the existing workforce, or they slowly die because people will stop shopping there.

I don't understand why Walmart haters are complaining about this.  If Walmart dies they get to complain about a completely new company!

It seems win-win from their point of view...


But then where are they going to work to repay their student loans (for a degree in medieval Irish poetry)?
 
2013-03-27 05:48:40 PM
It's clear the only sollution to this is to export more jobs, sell out more Americans, and what we really need are more millionairs.   It trickles down and stuff.
 
2013-03-27 05:52:31 PM

bgilmore5: midigod: bgilmore5: To all those supporting CostCo: Do you really like being treated like a herd of cattle? Dropped my membership there a few years ago. They may treat their employees well, but they treat their customers like crap.

They've never treated me that way in any of their stores I've ever been to.  Sorry you got treated that way.  Maybe it was you.

Everyone has different experiences and perceives situations differently, but let's make smartass comments just because you can hide behind the internet. I didn't find CostCo to be a good experience. The store feels like a corral to me from the moment you arrive until you leave. Waiting in line to check out feels like cows must feel when their lead to slaughter. The only difference is at CostCo they expect you to butcher yourself. You evidently don't agree, Good for you.



Did you hear that chattle?  High volume and lower production costs means if you benefit, you probably chew cud.  get out while you can!
 
2013-03-27 05:58:04 PM
Around here, if you want anything other than Wal-mart, better get ready to drive awhile.  But, drive I will for anything other than kids' clothes.  The prices are very low, and the stuff usually lasts only a few weeks, but, with the way the kids grow, it seems to work out.  Wal-mart is not pleasant, and I've not liked them since watching them wreck more than a few small family businesses from the 1980's til now.

Karma's a biatch.  Watching Walmart go the way of Sears and K-mart is fun.
 
2013-03-27 06:48:17 PM

Girion47: midigod: bgilmore5: To all those supporting CostCo: Do you really like being treated like a herd of cattle? Dropped my membership there a few years ago. They may treat their employees well, but they treat their customers like crap.

They've never treated me that way in any of their stores I've ever been to.  Sorry you got treated that way.  Maybe it was you.

probably asked for his receipt, which as you know is a huge violation of the 4th amendment.


I will never forget the Adam Probolsky thread. :-)  I had  fun Twitter-torturing him.
 
2013-03-27 07:21:49 PM
I actually like shopping at my local Walmart because its usually pretty quiet. Some corporate geniuses thought it would be a good idea to make it a Supercenter without actually expanding the store. So they cut back on high margin goods to low margin groceries..brilliant! But I hardly see anyone doing a full grocery shopping trip here. They already closed the deli counter in this store. I guess most people, including myself, would rather spend the extra 5 cents a lb. on bananas and go to Wegmans (or the 4 other chains that surround this store).
\Now heard they are building a real Supercenter in the town next to mine on the last open retail plot of ground...and a McDonalds. Just lovely
\Would shop more at Target but the lack of music and overly red walls creep me out
 
2013-03-27 07:28:20 PM
I'd be happy to see Walmart fold. The employees could find better jobs, and the local companys can recuperate.
 
2013-03-27 07:55:22 PM

Katolu: I'd be happy to see Walmart fold. The employees could find better jobs, and the local companys can recuperate.


Things don't happen in that order.
 
2013-03-27 10:32:02 PM

unyon: trotsky: I used to go there because I could get ammo, TP, hot sauce, a frozen pizza and beer.

Sounds like a hell of a weekend you have planned.


I call that Tuesday
 
2013-03-27 11:21:51 PM

bgilmore5: Everyone has different experiences and perceives situations differently, but let's make smartass comments just because you can hide behind the internet. I didn't find CostCo to be a good experience. The store feels like a corral to me from the moment you arrive until you leave. Waiting in line to check out feels like cows must feel when their lead to slaughter. The only difference is at CostCo they expect you to butcher yourself. You evidently don't agree, Good for you.


No one's hiding, tough guy.  There's no difference standing in line at Costco than in any other big store.  Not sure why you think you're supposed to butcher yourself.  That comment makes no sense.

Again - sorry you had a bad experience, but judging from the love Costco consistently gets on this board as well as in the marketplace, maybe it's just you.
 
2013-03-28 12:16:44 AM

Peki: Now I'm in Los Angeles, where a decent paying job is $10/hr but the lowest rent is $1400 for a studio. If it weren't for family I would have packed my bags a long time ago.


So why not live in the Valley?  Our rents are cheaper than that.

/come on over the hill
//we have parking
 
2013-03-28 01:10:45 AM
nothing new in the tiny POS w-m in my town. the Hot Wheels display offering was consistently so scant i stopped bothering to go check. the day i wanted to buy some cleaning/scrubbing brushes more than half the items were not in stock. dogs favorite chew bones are so hit and miss that when they are actually in stock i buy 3 or 4 packages. i could go on and on.

of course all the nice little mom & pop shops that used to be here closed up and sold out as soon as they got wind of W-M coming to town five years ago. W-M sucks.
 
2013-03-28 01:37:20 AM

Katolu: I'd be happy to see Walmart fold. The employees could find better jobs, and the local companys can recuperate.


um, if their employees COULD find better jobs.....

what would happen is their employees would go on unemployment for 2.5 years or whatever is allowed at this time.
 
2013-03-28 03:51:06 AM

I sound fat: Katolu: I'd be happy to see Walmart fold. The employees could find better jobs, and the local companys can recuperate.

um, if their employees COULD find better jobs.....

what would happen is their employees would go on unemployment for 2.5 years or whatever is allowed at this time.


We're looking to hire five people. There was a homeless guy today just outside the parking lot. I went to three different members of management- all of whom also saw him- and went, in complete seriousness, 'you know, he could probably use a job, we have a lot of jobs we need to fill, our understaffing situation is so bad it made the front page of Yahoo and half the store has already seen the article which is basically filled with things we've already been telling you for a long time... bring that homeless guy to us. One down, four to go.'

I'm not sure whether I was taken seriously.
 
2013-03-28 08:57:14 AM

Gosling: I sound fat: Katolu: I'd be happy to see Walmart fold. The employees could find better jobs, and the local companys can recuperate.

um, if their employees COULD find better jobs.....

what would happen is their employees would go on unemployment for 2.5 years or whatever is allowed at this time.

We're looking to hire five people. There was a homeless guy today just outside the parking lot. I went to three different members of management- all of whom also saw him- and went, in complete seriousness, 'you know, he could probably use a job, we have a lot of jobs we need to fill, our understaffing situation is so bad it made the front page of Yahoo and half the store has already seen the article which is basically filled with things we've already been telling you for a long time... bring that homeless guy to us. One down, four to go.'

I'm not sure whether I was taken seriously.


Neat, that sort of echos my story from the early 80's (yea, Im old, lawn, off, now).  I worked in a lumber yard as a shift manager, and we were having trouble getting people for the noon-to-9pm shift.  There was a homeless guy that would always come by the 3pm coffee truck and get some food with his change.  I finally got permission from the regional manager to see if he wanted a job.  Turns out he was *REALLY* good at it.  Strong as hell, knew how to drive the big Pettibone forklift we had for hauling around lifts of lumber, and was ALWAYS on time. He was there for the 3 years I lasted at that job until i moved on.
 
2013-03-28 01:41:51 PM
I like Walmart in that it acts as a white trash filter.
 
2013-03-28 01:43:51 PM

I sound fat: Katolu: I'd be happy to see Walmart fold. The employees could find better jobs, and the local companys can recuperate.

um, if their employees COULD find better jobs.....

what would happen is their employees would go on unemployment for 2.5 years or whatever is allowed at this time.


The economy, much like nature, abhors a vacuum.  If Walmart were to go under other stores would pick up the demand and they would need more employees in order to handle the extra business.
 
2013-03-28 10:01:27 PM
I went to Wal-Mart today to buy a gift for my grandson for Easter. Jesus, what a depressing sight. all the people had a look on their face that screamed "please shoot me!" and that was the customers! The only thing I could think about was what this country seemed to be for a time. When commercialism and binge  consumerism was frowned upon. In the town I grew up in, everything was closed on Sunday and most people were with their families, at the community center/park, or at their house of worship. The oligarchy had not yet got its tentacles into every faucet of your life back then. We left our doors open and keys in the car. If a neighbor was in trouble, the community helped out with eagerness. people were mostly happy. Of course, there was crime and other bad things, but the good far outwitted that. Look at our lives today. Suspicious of everyone (every stranger talking to a child is a molester), no one knows or cares about their neighbor, And all we can think about is "what shiny new gadget can I get to give my life worth?", It truly is a vulgar time. I grew up poorer than dirt, but still, it hardly mattered. When are we, as a society going to say "we're sick, we need help" . and help is there. It's there with all your friends and neighbors who feel the same way. I want to live in a world where people at stores don;t have the look of the poor souls who were led to a zyklon B shower....

I think Pete Seeger said it best...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZesRAo5PBg
 
2013-03-30 06:29:15 PM
Gosling:
I'm not sure whether I was taken seriously.

Probably not. Besides, there's some sh*t even homeless people won't put up with, so he probably would have turned you down.
 
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