Wal-Mart's (WMT) problem of keeping store shelves stocked keeps drawing more attention with The...

Wal-Mart's (WMT) problem of keeping store shelves stocked keeps drawing more attention with The New York Times and grocery store publications now highlighting the issue in detail. According to the freshest takes, the retail chain is losing the trust of customers and seeing grocery items sell more slowly due to the lower staffing levels. The key stat: Wal-Mart's average number of employees per store in the U.S. fell by 17% to 281 over the last five years.

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  • Tschurin
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    Not being able to find a store worker when you need one is something you can often say about at least half the stores in America. Hasn't everyone had to walk around looking for a staff person at some big box hardware or office supply store for example?. The media loves to beat up on WMT.
    4 Apr 2013, 07:25 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Agreed. Probably another hack job by the nyt and its leftist agenda
    4 Apr 2013, 07:34 AM Reply Like
  • phxcrane
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    Especially the NY Times.
    4 Apr 2013, 08:25 AM Reply Like
  • Tschurin
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    I'm just waiting for their story which says that since they've cut back their newsroom staff over the past several years [which is true] they can't keep the newspaper stocked with objective truthful reporting ;-)
    4 Apr 2013, 10:35 AM Reply Like
  • User 9949021
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    If the shelves are "sparse", perhaps one reason could be the store is selling product faster than the staff can replace it? Also, WMT does much of their stocking during the night because the aisles are crowded during the day. WMT may be making a lot of mistakes, but they are still the best at what they do.
    4 Apr 2013, 01:49 PM Reply Like
  • frosty
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    Must greed go so far? Four of the the top 10 billionaires in America are Waltons, collectively worth more than Gates and Buffett combined. Their net worth increased by more than 17% last year - at the expense of hourly workers. A nice charitable contribution for them might be to chip in about a quarter of billion each to hire more workers and improve benefits - sort of a reverse dividend. They wouldn't even notice the money was gone.
    4 Apr 2013, 08:01 AM Reply Like
  • jw4golf
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    why does success always equal greed to you liberals? probably because you don't have it?
    4 Apr 2013, 09:33 AM Reply Like
  • barnsterb
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    I'm a liberal and I'm successful but not greedy you knuckle head. I go to Walmart and find the same problems at several (not all) stores. I'm not making it up. I've always gotten help at Costco and Home Depot, etc.
    4 Apr 2013, 09:47 AM Reply Like
  • tampabay
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    Every Gov. Unemployment counselor should Make their "clients" go to the nearest Walmart and apply for a job...or no check next week
    4 Apr 2013, 10:56 AM Reply Like
  • Cojutaca
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    I work in Walmart Canada and the reason shelves are not being stocked is because cashiers push the enter button when customers purchase multiple items of the same product. By not scanning each individual item separately the system does not pick up that an item has been sold and needs to be replenished of that particular item in stock. Walmart has since talked to their cashiers and rectified this situation in the last couple of days. We will see if this helps . As for not enough staff on the floors , this is because they have cut all of our hours . There are a lot of staff who would like to work but are not getting scheduled. walmart has more than enough staff. We are begging for hours.
    4 Apr 2013, 01:45 PM Reply Like
  • rsdaymon
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    Gotta love how Walmart cult politicizes abusing your employees and doing a lousy job for your shoppers. In January Walmart lectured the industry about how they were creating great retail jobs and planned to hire legions of military vets. Another Walmart lie when they are actually decreasing staff levels. But then, hypocrisy is a quality the Walmart types can't get enough of.
    4 Apr 2013, 01:46 PM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    " abusing your employees and doing a lousy job for your shoppers ... But then, hypocrisy is a quality "


    Wow! Another dissatisfied consumer.
    4 Apr 2013, 03:04 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    I've been long WMT since it was in the 40s. I am a satisfied shareholder. My only mistake was not adding more during the mexico scandal a year ago. What a prime buying opp!
    4 Apr 2013, 03:23 PM Reply Like
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