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1 calochortus  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:22:28pm

I rarely shop at Wal-Mart, but if I’m in the area and need aspirin, scotch tape, fertilizer, a door stop and a pair of panty-hose, I’ll stop in because I can get them all in one place quickly. Except that the last 2 times I was there, I couldn’t.
The shelves were very poorly stocked, apparently because management was so busy seeing that they didn’t waste money on employees, they didn’t have enough people to stock the shelves. This was months apart, so it wasn’t just a brief glitch in the supply chain.
I am not the only person to have noticed this.

I haven’t been back in months because there’s no particular reason to do so.

To get back to the main point of your article, I do think businesses will find out pretty quickly that managing a large number of part timers and high turnover is way more expensive than they think.

2 jhrhv  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:01:51pm

Good read thanks for posting.

3 thecommodore  Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:41:08pm

Said employees are still making coolie wages.

And how many of them would still have jobs if there was even a hint of unionizing?

4 SidewaysQuark  Mon, Oct 21, 2013 9:45:05am

The one constant I’ve seen in WalMart is that they never, ever adequately staff their checkout lines.

5 BusyMonster  Mon, Oct 21, 2013 12:16:58pm

re: #4 SidewaysQuark

The one constant I’ve seen in WalMart is that they never, ever adequately staff their checkout lines.

Or, adequately stock their shelves. My experience of shopping at Wal-Mart (which I refuse to do anymore) is they have 100,000 of what I don’t want.

I also have weaned my wife off Sam’s Club because we would go, drop $300 for 12 oversize boxes of food, and then by day 3 we’d be sick of it all and too broke to get anything decent. Bulk discount goods are not actually all that cost-effective if you hate them and get so much crap that it goes bad before you eat it.

The Wal-Mart business model is going to have a well-deserved spot in a textbook some day soon, under the heading How Absolutely Not To Run A Business


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