Long lines and empty shelves on Wal-Mart's fix list

|By:, SA News Editor

Wal-Mart (WMT -1%) plans to keep more checkout lanes open during the holiday season rush period in an effort to turn around its damaging reputation for having long lines on the weekends.

The company will also dedicate more employee hours to overnight stocking in order to keep shelves full.

Though the strategies could add costs, it also addresses the concern of some analysts that Wal-Mart continues to lose more "milk-and-bread" shoppers to dollar store and convenience outlets due to the time factor.