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Walmart Will Lay Off 2,300 Samís Club Workers
New York Times ^ | 1/24/2014 | ELIZABETH A. HARRIS

Posted on 01/25/2014 5:45:37 AM PST by EBH

Walmart announced on Friday that about 2,300 Sam’s Club employees would be laid off, the latest in a drumbeat of retail job cuts to start off the new year.

Bill Durling, a Sam’s Club spokesman, said the layoffs would target a combination of salaried assistant managers and hourly employees. Certain positions, like telephone attendants, will be eliminated.

“We realized we had pretty much the same club structure whether a club had $50 million in revenue or $100 million in revenue,” Mr. Durling said of the distribution of assistant managers. “What we’re trying to do is balance our resources.”

Sam’s Club has about 116,000 employees, Mr. Durling said, and the job cuts will affect about four employees a store. Employees will have 60 paid days to find another job at the company. If they are not successful, they will be eligible for severance.

Sam’s Club will be opening at least 15 new stores over the course of the next fiscal year, which begins in February.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: retail; samsclub; walmart
A 'tsunami' of store closings expected to hit retail

Laying off 2300 workers, but open 15 new stores?

1 posted on 01/25/2014 5:45:37 AM PST by EBH
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To: EBH
“We realized we had pretty much the same club structure whether a club had $50 million in revenue or $100 million in revenue,” Mr. Durling said of the distribution of assistant managers. “What we’re trying to do is balance our resources.”

Sam’s Club has about 116,000 employees, Mr. Durling said, and the job cuts will affect about four employees a store.

"Laying off 2300 workers, but open 15 new stores?"

Walmart appears to be fine tuning their staff. 2% is not a major adjustment in employee population. Plus Walmart told them they have 60 days to find another position in the company, possibly in one of those 15 new stores.

Remember, liberals HATE Walmart, so the NYT is probably reporting this minor company adjustment with glee.

Look for articles talking about how "Women & minorities hit hardest!" and "If these poor Walmart workers were unionized, this would not be happening!" (most likely true - Union featherbedding would give them jobs-for-life, plus three new shop stewards per store.)

2 posted on 01/25/2014 5:55:59 AM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: EBH
Understandable....retailers can't operate efficiently with Obamacare hanging out there......this is the face of socialism!!
3 posted on 01/25/2014 5:57:08 AM PST by ontap
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To: EBH

That’s not surprising. It’s increasing the efficiency of each store. If they weren’t opening up new stores, it would have meant even more layoffs.


4 posted on 01/25/2014 5:58:00 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: ontap
Understandable....retailers can't operate efficiently with Obamacare hanging out there......this is the face of socialism!!

I call it the Obamacare Dividend.

Let the good times roll.

5 posted on 01/25/2014 5:58:43 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: ontap

“CommieCare” is a more accurate name.


6 posted on 01/25/2014 6:01:03 AM PST by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: EBH

I may be small potatoes, but my wife & I are closing our store this year. This will put 3 part-timers (mom’s) out of work and affect roughly 250 customers. The business-unfriendly environment by this administration has killed us. We were struggling before, and now we’re underwater. While we love what we do, the primary focus of a business is to make money. Time to cut the loss...


7 posted on 01/25/2014 6:01:48 AM PST by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: BwanaNdege

This happens where I work as well. If you are being laid off and there is a job opening with your title/level, you are guaranteed an interview. The ones who choose to interview usually stay.


8 posted on 01/25/2014 6:07:43 AM PST by PrincessB (Drill Baby Drill.)
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To: EBH
Sam’s Club has about 116,000 employees, Mr. Durling said, and the job cuts will affect about four employees a store. Employees will have 60 paid days to find another job at the company.

As long as they don't cut the person that cooks the chicken.

Sam's sells a full three pound, whole chicken, cooked over open flame, for $4.98. It is delicious and is the best buy for cooked food...bar none {just my opinion}.

9 posted on 01/25/2014 6:08:34 AM PST by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: EBH

I hope most of the 2300 laid off are cashiers. There are always too many of them crowding the Sams Clubs.


10 posted on 01/25/2014 6:12:02 AM PST by eartrumpet
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To: Dubh_Ghlase

“.. My wife and I are closing our store this year”.

I am sorry that you had to do this. Prayers for you two and your employees. I know the stress you are under must be horrible. ((( Hugs)))


11 posted on 01/25/2014 6:12:35 AM PST by momtothree
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To: EBH

Costco must be kicking their butt.


12 posted on 01/25/2014 6:13:09 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

To those effected by these layoffs who voted for DIMs/LIBs... Bwaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. You reap what you sow.


13 posted on 01/25/2014 6:17:04 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: USS Alaska

I agree! Love that chicken, and the price is right. My husband and I can make that chicken last 3-4 meals.


14 posted on 01/25/2014 6:19:23 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Dubh_Ghlase

Our family doctor decided to take an “early retirement” before the implementation of Obamacare. His wife was a PA who already spent most of her time doing paperwork instead of practicing medicine. While the office closure was bad for me personally, I was totally sympathetic to their frustrations and decision to pack it in. I probably would have done the same thing.


15 posted on 01/25/2014 6:22:45 AM PST by Starboard
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To: EBH

I’m sure the libs will rejoice over this. 2300 people no longer being subsidized by the taxpayers.


16 posted on 01/25/2014 6:23:04 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: DoodleDawg

I doubt it.

Costco has no stores closer than 100+ miles to us, while there is a Sam’s 45 miles away in a town of 50K, with 2 universities and 2 major regional medical centers.

We investigated Costco, to see if the trip would be worth it. Their lowest membership fee is higher than Sam’s. The tiered membership isn’t cost effective combined with the trip.

Anyone can get a one-day pass to shop Sam’s without a membership. Costco requires a member sponsor.

The level of inventory is higher than Sam’s. More higher quality stuff at higher prices.

I don’t think they serve the same demographic.


17 posted on 01/25/2014 6:25:01 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: BwanaNdege

They are closing two Target Stores in my area. But they are opening a Costco.
I think Walmart is adjusting employees to best business practices as Costco has. Costco has less employees but sales are $814 per sf. Walmart has more employees but $516 per sf.
The argument is whether fewer employees making higher wages who are more content leads to increased sales Or is it simply the math.


18 posted on 01/25/2014 6:30:37 AM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: eartrumpet

Walmart never has enough cashiers. They could have 200 people waiting to check out, and have 3 lanes open.


19 posted on 01/25/2014 6:34:51 AM PST by christx30 (Freedom above all.)
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To: DoodleDawg

Yes...the real reason for Sams cuts...Costco has more than half of the warehouse club market...and do so paying employees more than WalMart/Sams Club employees. Sams Club doesn’t compete well vs Costco


20 posted on 01/25/2014 6:42:44 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: reformedliberal
Costco has no stores closer than 100+ miles to us, while there is a Sam’s 45 miles away in a town of 50K, with 2 universities and 2 major regional medical centers.

Exactly the same as for me!

21 posted on 01/25/2014 6:50:04 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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It costs around $90 to be a Sam’s club member. Used to be $30. I would rejoin if this fee went back down.


22 posted on 01/25/2014 6:58:04 AM PST by CharlotteVRWC
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To: SeminoleCounty
Yes...the real reason for Sams cuts...Costco has more than half of the warehouse club market...and do so paying employees more than WalMart/Sams Club employees. Sams Club doesn’t compete well vs Costco.

A Costco opened near us last summer. Since starting to shop there, we have scarcely been in Sam's. The selection/quality is better at Costco; they check you out in a hurry no matter how crowded it is. The lines @Sam's seem to be long even if the traffic is light. When our Sam's membership expires in March, we are going to let it go. Sad thing is that Sam's is almost walking distance, yet we'd rather drive 4-5 exits down the freeway to go to Costco.

23 posted on 01/25/2014 6:59:56 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Gabz

Friends and I once launched a letter and email campaign to try and convince Trader Joe’s to open a store in La Crosse. We do have an Aldi’s there. The situation is exactly the same as Costco. TJ’s are in Rochester and Madison. They told us they had no plans at all to open in La Crosse.

They must have income/demographic models and cut offs.

Years ago, one girlfriend and I would make the drive to Madison (100 miles each way)about 2x a year to shop. In the past few years, it just became more expensive than it was worth.


24 posted on 01/25/2014 7:13:05 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: newfreep

“CommieCare” without the Care


25 posted on 01/25/2014 7:23:05 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: Sans-Culotte

Why wait for your membership to expire? Quit now and they’ll refund your previously paid fee.


26 posted on 01/25/2014 7:59:07 AM PST by The Truth Will Make You Free
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To: eartrumpet

I hope most of the 2300 laid off are cashiers. There are always too many of them crowding the Sams Clubs.

SEND THEM TO THE LOCAL WALMART! They never have enough cashiers there.


27 posted on 01/25/2014 8:13:08 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: EBH

I hope it is based on political affiliation.


28 posted on 01/25/2014 8:19:50 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: reformedliberal

Not just income/demographics - population as well.


29 posted on 01/25/2014 9:26:52 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: christx30
Walmart never has enough cashiers. They could have 200 people waiting to check out, and have 3 lanes open.

It's a convenience vs time trade-off. Target is generally more expensive, but the lines are very short.

30 posted on 01/25/2014 11:01:45 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: griswold3

We don’t have Costco. Is it Membership, like Sam’s Club or regular retail like Walmart?

The $$$ per s.f. do not necessarily compare. Do they have groceries and garden stuff?


31 posted on 01/25/2014 12:24:20 PM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: Gabz

I wonder what the cutoff is?

La Crosse has 50k residents, but pulls from surrounding rural/unincorporated areas of at least that many. We have low (under 5%) unemployment and a stable welfare group of around 8%. The major mall seems to be always full, at least the parking lot is.

Both TJs and Costco would do well there, IMO.


32 posted on 01/25/2014 12:33:40 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: BwanaNdege

I’ve never been to a Costco. They have a tiered membership. I’m sure info is online as to what products they offer.


33 posted on 01/25/2014 1:47:56 PM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: SeminoleCounty
At least we know Costco will be around for the next 500 years....and you'll be able to get your law degree from there.


34 posted on 01/25/2014 1:49:36 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: CharlotteVRWC

cost me $45 a yr from my sams membership


35 posted on 01/25/2014 3:00:37 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: momtothree
Thanks Mom. My wife is the front of the business, and she caters to many women's needs (from older teens to seniors). She's been straight up with them about why we're leaving the business (hoping to sell, but there's small chance of that). Trouble is, a good percentage of them voted for the same claptrap that is killing us, but they are the ones crying the loudest.

Go figure...

36 posted on 01/27/2014 5:07:56 AM PST by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: Starboard
Some of our customers either are or were also business owners or managers. It doesn't take much to bring out the horror stories about how government regulations, taxes, fees, and infringements are forcing business owners to make the hard choice and close. When I cut reports about where the $$$ goes, I just end up shaking my head at the leeches that are draining us dry. It comes down to this one statement:

You may love your business, what you do, and who you serve, but the the bottom line is that you're in business to make $$$ and earn a living. If you can't do that, if it's costing you to keep your doors open, or if you can make more $$$ working a minimum wage job than owning a business and employing others (who make more than you do), it's time to go.

Good job dems/progressives/socialists. You've done your dirty work, accomplished your goals, and killed the economic pump of our economy: Small businesses.

May you eat at the table you have set...

37 posted on 01/27/2014 5:16:59 AM PST by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: reformedliberal

Sam’s is a lot closer to Costco’s product level than they were, say, 10 years ago, but they’re still a notch down. I’m about 3 miles from one, and Sam’s is about 12.


38 posted on 01/27/2014 5:32:21 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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