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The Story Behind Walmart’s Bare Shelves
American Interest ^

Posted on 03/28/2013 6:29:04 AM PDT by Perdogg

Walmart is starting to look like a Soviet-era retailer. The prices are still low, but shelves are going empty for months while products sit unwrapped in storage, lines are interminable, and no one is around to help.

Bloomberg reports that in-store service problems for the world’s third-largest corporation are so bad that people are willing to pony up the extra cash to shop at stores like Target and Walgreens. Walmart’s problem, says MIT retail researcher Zeynep Ton, is a shortage of cheap labor:

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: minimumwage; obamacare; retail; walmart; workforce
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1 posted on 03/28/2013 6:29:04 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

Must be up in Blue states. I don’t see any bare shelves here in Georgia.


2 posted on 03/28/2013 6:30:36 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Perdogg
obamacare
3 posted on 03/28/2013 6:31:14 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Perdogg

I don’t see widespread bare shelves here (Western PA), but I’m finding that a lot of the items I go to Walmart for are out of stock when I visit.


4 posted on 03/28/2013 6:32:07 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Truth/Lies; Liberty/Tyranny--WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??)
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To: Perdogg

Why work at Wal-Mart when you can enjoy a higher standard of living by sponging off the government dole.


5 posted on 03/28/2013 6:32:32 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Perdogg

Head-fake to make you think a carbon tax is a good idea.


6 posted on 03/28/2013 6:32:46 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Not alot of excess stock left for big discount sales. Seems they have the seasonal items down to supply science. if you need/want an item, better buy it now cause it’s not gonna be there next time and won’t be reordered.


7 posted on 03/28/2013 6:36:22 AM PDT by griswold3
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To: Perdogg

I will just have to take your word for it. You couldn’t drag me into a walmart.


8 posted on 03/28/2013 6:36:36 AM PDT by shelterguy
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To: Perdogg

Go to Target now since Wal-Mart started searching my wife every time she leaves with an item that has no bag. They never do it to me for some reason, but the Wal-Mart here stinks due to staffing issues anyway.

Target costs a little more, maybe a buck or two for the total trip. Well worth it to actually not have to wait in line at checkout for 20 minutes.


9 posted on 03/28/2013 6:36:53 AM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Perdogg

Maybe they are haveing a problem hiring people that only want to work 28 hours/week, ie part time no health insurance.

I could see this as a problem in states that have a lower unemployment rate like NH.

I avoid Walmart because they have always understaffed their stores and I do not like to wait in like for 15 minutes just to buy something. The worst are their superstores where it takes 20+ minutes just to check out your groceries.


10 posted on 03/28/2013 6:37:32 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: Gaffer

“I don’t see any bare shelves here in Georgia.”

Me neither in Fl............except for the ammo in the sporting good section.


11 posted on 03/28/2013 6:38:52 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: Perdogg

I can’t comment on Walmart per se, but the Gov’t certainly does pay people not to work.

And on the flip-side, Gov’t also encourages most companies not to hire - particularly in manufacturing. Everything from OSHA, to Obamacare, to liability and worker’s comp tort law. People want jobs to “come back” - they will not, particularly for relatively low-tech jobs.


12 posted on 03/28/2013 6:39:15 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Gaffer

No bare shelves in WV. My complaint about WM is they have employees that remove shopping carts if you leave them for a few minutes and return items to the shelves. Then you have to shop all over again. Happened to me twice in the past 3 months.


13 posted on 03/28/2013 6:40:56 AM PDT by muskah
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To: woodbutcher1963; rwfromkansas; Perdogg

Funny, I hardly ever have to wait at Walmart, but sometimes our local Target store has long lines because there are not enough checkers. Target has gotten better about that lately, but I don’t have a problem with Walmart. I haven’t noticed shelves being empty, either.

Maybe another commenter was right. It’s true of the blue states, but not here in other places.


14 posted on 03/28/2013 6:41:44 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Gaffer

Nor here in Alabama. Plenty of stuff on the shelves. Must be in Kerry or Hillary’s hood.


15 posted on 03/28/2013 6:41:56 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (1 Cor 15: 50-54 & 1 Thess 4: 13-17. That about covers it.)
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To: Gaffer
Must be up in Blue states. I don’t see any bare shelves here in Georgia.

i too have yet to see it... i shop at three different Wal-Marts in the South Bay (San Francisco Bay Area, California) and have yet to see empty shelves... for the last three weeks i've been shopping at the Wal-Mart in Fayetteville, NC and have not seen empty shelves...

16 posted on 03/28/2013 6:43:00 AM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Perdogg

This came up the other day so I went to walmart at lunchtime to pickup some things for the office. The store was completely stocked on the shelves and had excessive overflow of items on pallets in the aisles. Only the ammo cabinets were empty. There were 7 lanes open. Lots of floor workers helping customers as well. They are now out of breakfast blend coffee though because I bought 8 bags.


17 posted on 03/28/2013 6:43:08 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: griswold3
Seems they have the seasonal items down to supply science. if you need/want an item, better buy it now cause it’s not gonna be there next time and won’t be reordered.

I tried to buy mole poison at W-M and was told they didn't stock it until spring as it was a "seasonal item"

Now if I could just convince the moles ripping up my yard that it's not spring yet.

18 posted on 03/28/2013 6:43:12 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Pining_4_TX
It’s true of the blue states, but not here in other places.

not true at the three Wal-Marts in San Jose, California--a very blue city...

19 posted on 03/28/2013 6:44:23 AM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Pining_4_TX

Not a problem out here in blue Iowa either.


20 posted on 03/28/2013 6:44:41 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Perdogg

Perhaps Wal Mart could save some bucks so as to hire more folks if they did one simple thing (per observations I and friends have had all over the country):

They never have more than two or three cashiers on duty - EVER - so sell the rest of those useless cash registers.


21 posted on 03/28/2013 6:45:39 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Perdogg

Only bare shelves in Arkansas are ammo.


22 posted on 03/28/2013 6:45:50 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: V_TWIN

Likewise


23 posted on 03/28/2013 6:46:43 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Perdogg

Problem: Shortage of cheap labor.

What could possibly be the solution?

Economics 101? Raise wages?

Nah. Raise labor supply! Immigration! Naturalization! Dream Act! Health care and food stamp costs passed to the taxpayer, because God forbid, God forbid, the Walmart shopper should pay 10 cents more for a bottle of shampoo!


24 posted on 03/28/2013 6:47:01 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: Graybeard58
Now if I could just convince the moles ripping up my yard that it's not spring yet.

ha!

25 posted on 03/28/2013 6:47:37 AM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: latina4dubya

There are 5 W-Ms within a 10 mile radius of my house, 3 of which are within 5 miles of me. Only 1 is well stocked.

It’s an individual store manager’s problem, they are responsible for staffing, stocking numbers. Some try to maximize profit by not having adequate staff. Better profit, higher individual bonus.


26 posted on 03/28/2013 6:48:28 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Perdogg

The ammo shelves are the only ones bare at the Walmart in Cedar Park.


27 posted on 03/28/2013 6:48:55 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (For Jay Carney - I heard your birth certificate is an apology from the condom factory.)
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To: circlecity
Why work at Wal-Mart when you can enjoy a higher standard of living by sponging off the government dole.

Ding ding!

28 posted on 03/28/2013 6:50:03 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: muskah

Yes they did that to me the other day when I had to go to the restroom. I would understand if they only did it when there were perishable items in the cart, but I had all non-food items so it really ticked me off.


29 posted on 03/28/2013 6:50:42 AM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: circlecity

Ding, ding, ding! we have a winner.


30 posted on 03/28/2013 6:51:48 AM PDT by John 3_19-21 ("as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.")
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To: muskah

Yes they did that to me the other day when I had to go to the restroom. I would understand if they only did it when there were perishable items in the cart, but I had all non-food items so it really ticked me off.


31 posted on 03/28/2013 6:52:31 AM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: circlecity

Yeah, but... say you get your gubmint check, or your EBT is charged up with space credits,

and you go to a store, any store, and there’s nothing to buy...


32 posted on 03/28/2013 6:54:30 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Perdogg

I hate Wal-mart... Nasty people work there. If it wasn’t for Wal-mart ugly people wouldn’t have a job.


33 posted on 03/28/2013 6:54:59 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: muskah
No bare shelves in WV. My complaint about WM is they have employees that remove shopping carts if you leave them for a few minutes and return items to the shelves.

Same here in MA, bluest of the blue. No bare shelves. I can understand Wal*Mart's anxiety about unattended shopping carts. They are in the cross hairs of the unions. Union goons could fill a shopping cart with perishable frozen goods and leave is sitting in the linen aisle, or place an infernal machine (a bomb) in a shopping cart and leave it in the toy aisle. Or other forms of mischief neither of us can yet imagine.

34 posted on 03/28/2013 7:08:51 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: Perdogg; Diana in Wisconsin; Ellendra

I’ve noticed that all the stores who carry yarn have been cutting back on that section. I’ve starting going on line and ordering through the various stores’ web sites. Otherwise, I can’t get enough of one color or dye lot to do my projects.


35 posted on 03/28/2013 7:10:02 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: Perdogg

In the 14k population town I live in, Walmart basically owned the general shopping. Then, they moved of a semi-Super store.

Since it was a new 24-hour one, I shopped there a few times in the early hours — around 3-4 a.m. That didn’t last long. At that time, they were changing out the meats section. So, no fresh meats were available.

I changed to shopping around 6 a.m. Meats section was replenished, but only 1 check-out was open. One morning, for example, I counted 8 sets of customers with full carts, all waiting on that one checker.

I changed to around 8:30 a.m. One time I noticed there there was only one set of produce bags for the entire produce section. I asked the guy who was stocking why they didn’t have more bags. He said something nonsensical about the set of bags were centrally located. [Now, I notice they do have sets of bags at the end of each counter. I guess others complained, too.]

Now, if I want something from the deli (roasted or fried chicken, for example), I know not to go in before 10 a.m.

I tend to go to Walmart maybe 3-4 times a year for ‘general’ merchandise.

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When Walmart moved to the Superstore on the extreme edge of town, they left the former area without much of any thing. Since then, a Dollar Tree, a Dollar General Store, a Family Dollar, a Walgreens, and a ranch & farm store have moved in to fill the gap. Those stores tend to have less traffic, but they do enough to stay in business. Every dollar they get is one Walmart used to get when Walmart was basically the only store in town.


36 posted on 03/28/2013 7:10:48 AM PDT by TomGuy
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This story is Bloomberg propaganda designed to create a false impression of a labor shortage. It doesn’t seem possible with high unemployment.

If only we would give the poor immigrants amnesty, then we would have cheap workers like maybe the ones Bloomberg employs.

MIT retail researcher Zeynep Ton

Poonam Goyal, a Bloomberg Industries senior analyst


37 posted on 03/28/2013 7:11:21 AM PDT by logitech (It is time.)
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To: Perdogg

End Welfare! - and you’ll see the applications come rolling in...then again, I don’t know if I would want these people working anywhere near me...I remember in Logan WV when they opened the first WalMart down there — the employees were taking shipments off of delivery trucks - and then moving them right over to their own trucks - theft was so bad they almost went bankrupt — they had to bring in “outside” employees for months until they could hire trustworthy local employees...


38 posted on 03/28/2013 7:11:58 AM PDT by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: Perdogg

I’m in IL and no big fan of Walmart but I see zero evidence any of this is true.


39 posted on 03/28/2013 7:13:08 AM PDT by bigbob
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You want to bring me back to WalMart, stock your dang shelves with ammo. You buy everything else outside of the US. Flood the damn market with cheap ammo. Makes for good target use and it will force the market back into equilibrium.


40 posted on 03/28/2013 7:15:34 AM PDT by fuente
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To: Perdogg

I have been in numerous wal-marts around the country and am a provider of services to the organization. I have not seen nor do I have any idea what this article is talking about. In fact, as it relates to perishables or grocery - Target has BY FAR, more out-of-stocks than other similar retailers. This looks like hype trying to create a stock price impact.


41 posted on 03/28/2013 7:15:43 AM PDT by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: Perdogg

I live in small rural community and I see no problems with staffing. They are thankful to have a job I guess. I notice bare shelves sometimes but in couple days, all is well. Just seems like they have problems getting the goods. That’s what i think when i see the some bare areas.


42 posted on 03/28/2013 7:17:21 AM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Where I live in Texas the shelves are stocked. At times, certain products seems to appear, disappear, and reappear for reasons I don’t understand. However, overall its’ still the cheapest place to shop, so we go there a lot.


43 posted on 03/28/2013 7:22:09 AM PDT by Essie
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To: fuente

Ammunition import licenses are controlled by the BATFE on a shipment-by-shipment basis. If they decide not to license imports, there’s nothing Wal-Mart can do about it.


44 posted on 03/28/2013 7:22:33 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Perdogg

Just was just at WalMart in Ventura, CA, shelves were full and most registers were open, wonder where this is happening.


45 posted on 03/28/2013 7:24:13 AM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Perdogg

The good news is that Wal*Borg always has ammo in stock. The bad news is that there is never anyone there who can unlock the case and actually sell it. There is DUST on the boxes in the locked cases.


46 posted on 03/28/2013 7:26:26 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: Perdogg

If you want workers, pay higher wages or pay less welfare. Do not use this as an excuse to keep the border gates open — that is the most expensive option.

The real solution to all these problems is to take the vote away from non-taxpayers.


47 posted on 03/28/2013 7:27:47 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Perdogg

Walmart pays their employees more than the minimum wage and supports increases in the minimum wage. The story implied they paid minimum wage. It also called for a carbon tax. Do I detect a Liberal bias?


48 posted on 03/28/2013 7:30:23 AM PDT by spaced
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To: Perdogg

WalMart = The Mexican Macy’s around here. . .


49 posted on 03/28/2013 7:33:17 AM PDT by ßuddaßudd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: Perdogg
The only bare shelves I see at Houston area WalMarts are the ammo shelves...
50 posted on 03/28/2013 7:34:42 AM PDT by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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