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Retail industry analysts continue to question if Wal-Mart (WMT) is blowing its "one at bat" with...

Retail industry analysts continue to question if Wal-Mart (WMT) is blowing its "one at bat" with perishables as the company's tendency to run light with employees appears to be creating stocking and customer service issues. While maintaining a foothold in the fresh food business is a top priority for the Wal-Mart, execs note investing in training and education is taking precedence over ramping up staffing.
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  • Sdiaz
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    Center store is a driver in the grocery industry but the comments I hear from consumers is, "I do not purchase my produce or meats at Wal Mart" In Florida it is common to hear the comment "I buy my produce at Publix." In San Anotonio, TX the same comment but stating," I buy my produce at HEB." The same occurs across the all cities and states in which consumers have choice. The reason for this are several but one of the main factors is the out of stock levels and unfresh appearance of the perimeter departments. These departments are labor intensive and require careful handing bit they also deliver a higher profitmargin. A perfect example of WM unwilingness to invest in perimeter departments are the Nieghborhood Markets which the majority of them do not contain a full service fresh deli or meat department. In order to earn a consumers loyalty on other factors than saving on center store Wal Mart has a long way to go. If WM can correct this then they will add to the bottom line long term.
    5 Apr 2013, 08:49 AM Reply Like
  • Not the Boss
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    I shop at Wal-mart stores regularly in TN and FL. I'm satisfied with their meat and produce. The only meat I buy elsewhere is shrimp, which Wal-mart doesn't carry, and steaks for my husband to grill since he thinks Wal-mart steaks are not quite thick enough to grill well. I buy all produce at Wal-mart or the local farmers' markets when in season. I really think the Wal-mart bashers have their work cut out for them when trying to wean the public off Wal-mart's low prices. I'm also happy with the performance of Wal-mart stock.
    5 Apr 2013, 09:33 AM Reply Like
  • Sdiaz
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    In reply to Not the Boss,

     

    I actually admire WM and I am not a basher. Thanks to WM other retailers I have had the opportunity to build my career and education. I have never worked for WM but I have worked with them. Like all great companies they always have ways to improve. I was simply stating if they can find the key to this opportunity they can win the loyalty of countless shoppers. I understand the food industry and it complexities thourghly.
    5 Apr 2013, 11:27 AM Reply Like
  • ltolley1
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    Walmart is bad for busines, does not care about their customers or employees. Always understaffed, I would rather pay a little more and shop at Albertsons, or Winn co here in Las Vegas.
    1 May 2013, 03:40 AM Reply Like
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