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Wal-Mart to cut 2,300 workers from Sam's Club stores
NBCNews (AP) ^ | 1/25/2014 | Anne D'Innocenzio

Posted on 01/25/2014 11:42:20 AM PST by South40

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it's eliminating 2,300 workers at its Sam's Club division as it reduces the ranks of middle managers in a bid to be more nimble.

The layoffs, which cut 2 percent of the membership club's U.S. employee count of about 116,000, mark the largest since 2010 when the Sam's Club unit laid off 10,000 workers as it moved to outsource food demonstrations at its stores.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: layoffs; samsclub; walmart

1 posted on 01/25/2014 11:42:20 AM PST by South40
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To: South40

As goes Wal-Mart, so goes America?


2 posted on 01/25/2014 11:45:47 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Probably.

I’m not sure what Sam’s Club “middle management” ranks really look like. When I visit, the place seems pretty lean on body count. Maybe they do a lot of stocking on off hours.

The whole retail landscape looks pretty cutthroat to me these days.


3 posted on 01/25/2014 11:49:24 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart both have a large and growing on-line presence, and almost everything they carry in stock may be ordered on-line, for either delivery directly to your address (for WAY less than driving to the store) or the item(s) are sent to the store for your pick-up there.

In fact, they will have many items at special on-line pricing, that are just a little higher as in-store stock.

And many locations also have self-guided checkout stands, thus eliminating one of the bottlenecks for in-store shopping, and incidentally sometimes several cashiers.

Despite the lay-offs, Wal-Mart is not failing. They are continuing to respond to demands for ever greater productivity from the work force they already have.


4 posted on 01/25/2014 11:57:20 AM PST by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: South40

This is just another example of the “delayering” that’s been going on in all organizations (except many government organizations), since the beginning of the “computer revolution”. Middle management was primarily involved in preparing reports to send up the food chain, and passing on instructions from above. Today’s computerized “management information” systems collect the data directly from the front line workers, and automatically prepare the reports senior management requires. No middle-management layers needed. Similarly, these systems are able to track employee performance — eliminating the need for “walking bosses”, or other supervisors.


5 posted on 01/25/2014 12:03:01 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: South40

That announcement will send their stock up —


6 posted on 01/25/2014 12:05:30 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: alloysteel

They are venturing into some smaller stores now too, to fill consumer needs.

http://www.cspnet.com/industry-news-analysis/corporate-news/articles/wal-mart-testing-first-real-convenience-store

One of their Neighborhood Markets is being built near here only about 3 miles from their big store

http://www.thestreet.com/story/12034290/1/wal-mart-plans-500-us-neighborhood-market-stores.html


7 posted on 01/25/2014 12:07:00 PM PST by digger48
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Just another effect of Obamacare.


9 posted on 01/25/2014 12:24:08 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: F15Eagle

Downsizing America: A Letter From an “Obama Peasant” and a List of Over 300 Employers Who Have Cut Their Employees’ Hours Because of Obamacare (Geller, Atlas Shrugs)
Posted on September 29, 2013 by Pamela Geller

http://www.dcclothesline.com/2013/09/29/downsizing-america-a-letter-from-an-obama-peasant-and-a-list-of-over-300-employers-who-have-cut-their-employees-hours-because-of-obamacare-geller-atlas-shrugs/


10 posted on 01/25/2014 12:27:01 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: South40

This bubble, that bubble, another bubble.

At what point are they going to admit that the entire culture is a collapsing bubble? The Western culture is ending. There is no more USA to come and rescue it.


11 posted on 01/25/2014 12:29:19 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: South40

Costco kicking Sam’s butt?


12 posted on 01/25/2014 12:30:52 PM PST by catnipman
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To: South40

Makes sense in this robust economy people don’t need to work at saving on their foods bills as much....life is good
(yes I am being sarcastic)


13 posted on 01/25/2014 12:35:23 PM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: catnipman
Costco kicking Sam’s butt?

Costco customers pay at least $55 a year for the membership. This allows Costco to collect most of its profits 12 months in advance. Roughly 70% of the company's operating income is generated in this way. That's an enormous advantage that Sam's doesn't have. Why consumers choose to pay that $55 I don't know. I won't.

14 posted on 01/25/2014 12:35:34 PM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: F15Eagle

Yes, the Obama recovery continues. Problem is, it is being outpaced by the layoffs.


15 posted on 01/25/2014 12:39:17 PM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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16 posted on 01/25/2014 12:42:45 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: alloysteel

“They are continuing to respond to demands for ever greater productivity from the work force they already have.”

As are all of us small businesses out here in 0bamacare Land! 29 hours a week. Period. Seasonal for 12 weeks. Period. Kind of dreading this upcoming spring season - which after 9 years is a FIRST for me.


17 posted on 01/25/2014 12:43:10 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: South40

Obama’s America..where everyone is collecting unemployment benefits..just like the Commies want


18 posted on 01/25/2014 12:43:39 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: KeyLargo

See my Post #17.


19 posted on 01/25/2014 12:44:14 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

The supervisor level makes or breaks any organization. Here’s hoping they get rid of the jerks and keep the good ones.


20 posted on 01/25/2014 12:44:29 PM PST by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: South40

I’m a bit confused. I’ve always had to pay a membership fee to Sam’s Club.

Do you have a workaround for that?


21 posted on 01/25/2014 12:48:02 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: F15Eagle; nascarnation
My bad. I was referring to Walmart, the parent company of Sam's.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2013/12/02/why-costco-is-beating-wal-mart/3691555/

23 posted on 01/25/2014 12:57:55 PM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: South40

Shucks, I was thinking you had a way to save me 45 bucks a year....


24 posted on 01/25/2014 1:03:37 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: South40
Why consumers choose to pay that $55 I don't know. I won't.

Me neither. I refuse to shop anywhere where I have to pay them for the privilege of them taking my money at check out. Add a couple of cents to the price of their merchandize and call it even.

25 posted on 01/25/2014 1:57:09 PM PST by bgill
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Like I said a week ago, I use to work part time at the Walmart in the Dells. Always busy. Anyways friends of mine that still work there said as workers leave they are not being replaced. Not hiring and not giving more hours to those employed. Sounds bad. That’s always been the “go to” job around here.


26 posted on 01/25/2014 6:55:17 PM PST by mouse1
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To: South40; a fool in paradise

So much for being an “associate”, “partner” or “team member”!


27 posted on 01/25/2014 6:57:18 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: mouse1

This MAY sound like I’m whining, but these are the FACTS of the situation for me. Trying to figure this all out in the next 60 days!

My hands are tied for hiring. I’m now expected to run the place with a lot of ‘seasonal’ part-timers that won’t be up to par with the rest of my staff. Our customers CHOOSE to shop with us because we know our stuff! I’m anticipating issues and trying to think of ways to head that off. How can you train someone in skills that are needed in about 2 weeks? I can’t hire much before the busy season, either. *Rolleyes*

I’m literally going to keep a list of customer complaints this busy season to send to my Higher Ups to see if that does any good. *SHRUG* When it starts costing them $$$ and their reputation, only THEN do I anticipate them sitting up and listening.

29 hours a week for all but 3 full-time staff (used to run the store with 5 full-time staff.) No more than 1,000 hours total for anyone for the entire year. That’s 19 hours a week. Who the heck is going to work for those few hours at a few bucks above minimum wage? Unemployment pays more!

Grrrrr!

Meh. It’s just a job. This one basically found me; I can do other things with my time if it comes down to it. :)


28 posted on 01/26/2014 7:21:38 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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