Here's hoping. They need to hire more workers and pay them a living wage.
As long as dumb assholes go in there to shop, Walmart will continue to be profitable.
The bottom line is the all important factor here. Walmart executives could give two shits about its filthy stores, the crappy merchandise or the idiots who they call "customers."
this is good news
Oh, PLEASE!! Let it be true.
I want the Walmart's to fold up. Problem is they have cause irrevocable damage to numerous towns across the USA. They have decimated small businesses, they have ruined neighborhoods, skewed zoning, avoided taxes, created ignorance by way of shopper materialism, and more. How to fix these once Walmart is finally closed?
Huge order, R6, but yes, oh so necessary. They've ruined America.
For some, Walmart is a way of life. It'll not change.
[quote]To keep prices low, Walmart plans to add more self-checkout lanes at its Walmart and Sam's Club stores, Reuters said. The company said it spends about $12 million per second of transaction time in cashier labor costs, so asking consumers to scan their own items should result in incremental savings. Currently, about 1,600 of 3,800 Walmart locations in the United States have self-checkout stations, along with 80 of 611 Sam's Club locations, the story said.
Now if they could just figure out how to get customers to stock the shelves, the Walton family could be trillionaires instead of just billionaires.
You could show a little compassion for the victims of the economy who have been forced to shop there because they literally don't have a dime to spare, R2.
I buy certain items at Walmart because I am currently unemployed and on public assistance (food stamps, specifically). I live with my boyfriend who makes $12K a year at his shitty manual labor job (we're both in our 20s; I'm a college grad, he's not). I loathe spending money there and even setting foot in the ghoulish fucking store, but I am literally in a position where I can't afford to put my principles before my pocketbook. Trust me, it sickens me a LOT more than it sickens you.
I'd rather do without than shop there myself.
Our local grocery store has self-checkout lanes as well as regular lanes with cashiers. I use self-checkout because it's faster and I prefer the way I bag my groceries.
Woolworth's was once the biggest retailer on earth. Does anyone under 50 even know the name?
Oh and r10, your good spelling and punctuation indicates you have the smats to find bargains elsewhere and still maintain your self-respect. Anyway, in your 20s you're supposed to starve and be rakishly thin and hot. I know I was and did.
WalMart is not cheap anymore. Their grocery prices are exactly the same as my local chain grocery which is NOT a discount store.
Be nice, kids.
[quote]To keep prices low, Walmart plans to add more self-checkout lanes at its Walmart and Sam's Club stores,
Now you just have to politely tell people who can't figure out how to use self-checkout to stay away. They installed self-check out lanes at my local Costco but eventually removed them. The cashier told me they were causing too many problems. Translation - idiots that couldn't figure them out were backing up the lines and saving no one any time.
I always do self checkout but feel guilty that I'm taking a possible job position away from someone. It may be quicker but may not be the right thing to do.
The checkers in our grocery store aren't out of a job over one regular lane being removed. They still work the same shifts supervising the 4 self-checkout stations to make sure they run with ease. It's a good thing.
lol at r13. I remember Woolworth's, I am 40. I think I used to buy lipstick there for very cheap, it was a "dimestore" for real. And yes, my 20's were spent being very drunk and very thin, you're right. What do you need but booze and jerky at that age?
[quote]I think I used to buy lipstick there for very cheap,
Were you a drag queen?
No r20, sorry, I should have said, I'm a female.
"...you have the smats to find bargains elsewhere..."
R13? Apparently you're the one without the "smats."
Everything accept for food is cheaper at Walmart. Most people go to WM for items other than food, like health and beauty and household stuff, and they end up buying their food there anyway. That is how Walmart became colossal.
The reason people dont like shopping there is because it takes too long to get in and out. There are rarely enough employees in Walmart to deal with the volume of customers that need to get checked out. Parking at my local Walmart, a huge urban one, is a nightmare. It feels like there should a shuttle to take you to and from the store.
[quote]Everything accept for food is cheaper at Walmart
Not true. Do your research.
r24 I dont need to do any research other than comparing my own receipts from Walmart and other retail and grocery stores. For the most part, food is the same price at Walmart as it is other stores. Its the other items that are generally cheaper at Walmart.
A big store would suck! I mean, the distractions, the awful people, the impulse purchases...I know that by purchasing from my neighborhood store, I'm preserving a small family business and spending less money on unnecessary frivolous items. I'm saving dollars by not going to Walmart.
I went in to see if the prices are actually lower. They were exactly the same as the other stores. No deals there.
I won't go there willingly but was in WM recently for the first time with a friend.
I was pretty shocked by the grocery prices. I do just as well at Kroger and don't have to wait forever to check out.
Where is Kroger?
Maybe it's just where I've lived recently, the frozen Northeast and Northwest NY State, but 3 Walmarts I've been in, the groceries are by and large much cheaper than grocery stories. This could just be an anomaly.
One thing I wondered - in NYS, and I imagine other states, there's usually something of a welfare-to-work program. There are different names for this. Basically, if one if able-bodied; not sure what other criteria (child care issues not a problem, maybe?), a person, on Assistance, can be - encouraged? required? to actually work at an actual job.
I would think, based on this excellent and informative article, that stocking shelves for Walmart might be a good place?
But I really wish Walmart would raise their f---ing wages and benefits. In our dreams, I guess.
For the most part, r24, it's very true.
Why anyone would buy anything at Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc that isn't on sale is beyond me. It's all 2 or 3 dollars more per item than the exact same stuff at WM.
Toothbrushes, mouthwash, cold medicine, shampoo,etc is all grossly overpriced at those stores.
I'm a union grocery store worker in So Cal. When Wal-Mart was opening up, the unions fought it, but of course they lost. After about 5 years, they decided to expand and offer groceries. The prices are the same. They cannot buy their product cheaper than the union stores because it isn't coming from China. The other problem they have is they don't have the employees to run those depts. If you check their produce, usually gnats fly out of it when you pick it up. Who knows how often they rotate? I wouldn't touch their crap.
And yes, the union stores do use walmart as an excuse to cut hours, no raises,and cut healthcare because "we have to compete".
I don't go to Walmart very often because of the people I see there. They're even worse than the stereotypes. They're not people I want to see or be near. It's unpleasant.
Does everyone bashing Walmart buy products only made in USA with workers making over $9 per hour? No. Help us understand the line.
I hate to burst your bubble, r24, but Target has the same clientele.
Totally agree R33, but the part that kills me is the older people with their American flags flying from their RV's, or on their shirts not giving a shit that they are buying crap from China. These people most likely had good paying union jobs, enjoying their retirement pensions with health-care, collecting S.S, all the while calling everyone against Walmart a socialist commie. But hey, anything to save a buck!
R32, there are all kinds of food products coming from China these days and there are all kinds of concerns about the safety of the food they are selling to the US.
Doesn't matter, we know best!
[quote]Does everyone bashing Walmart buy products only made in USA with workers making over $9 per hour?
If you live in Washington State you do, in fact, buy products where workers make over $9 per hour. The minimum wage there is $9.19.
R39, is, as you saiy, if the understanding is correct, that in Washington State that the minimum wage is $9,19, wouldn;t you say that this in essence, actualy OVER $9 and not under???
R40 = illiterate
We used to have self checkout lanes in the majority of our grocery stores and (I think) all the walmart locations. They removed them all (only 1 grocery store chain has them, when EVERY store had them). An employee told me that there were too many complaints by customers who couldn't figure life how to use the machine!
I have found that it is much easier to shoplift things in Walmart (ribeye steaks, chops, roast beef) than at comparable stores like Kroger and Target, which is why I always first go to Walmart to steal food.
I have a funny Walmart story.
Couple of years ago a friend of mine from Brooklyn Heights, NYC (a chic part of NYC overlooking lower Manhattan), came to visit me in my southern state.
I brought him to a SuperWalmart down the road, the one that has grocery, auto, department store, electrical, etc.
When he walked into the building, he was wide-eyed in AWE! As if he were in the Land of OZ for the first time. And then I recalled when I once lived in NYC, for all the glamor there, there hardly any place like Walmart, only shitty little grocery stores with narrow aisles, never enough of anything, but an entire wall of 16 different types of bottled water. Yech. I love my WalMart!!
[quote]I have a funny Walmart story.
You should post it.
Self check-out lines suck.
I'm sorry but if I wanted to scan groceries and look for fucking bar codes I would be a check-out clerk.
And, yes, I completely suck at trying to use those fucking machines.
I already bagged the fucking item, stop telling me to!!!
Problem is that even though numbers haven't been increasing like they used to for Wal-Mart, and even if competitors are increasing their share of the market, Wal-Mart is still an ugly behemoth. Even a weakened Wal-Mart dwarfs the other main players.
So, yes it's nice that Wal-Mart is in trouble. But, it doesn't really ad up to anything. It will still be around and being trashy for a long time to come. At best, expansion will slow.
Walmart in the Detroit area is no cheaper than the other stores. The presence of other big chains like Kroger and Meijer keep prices competitive. Shop the circulars and there's no reason to go to Wallyworld around here.
I hate dealing with the depressing ghetto vibe, the understandably cranky workers, and the picked-over shelves which always look like the Monday after Labor Day weekend.
My WM experience it this: the stores are poorly set up. There is no logical flow of the the way the departments are set up. The lighting is always drab and grey, the decor is always drab and grey, it is as if they want to remind you that you are a poor person who does not deserve nice things.
They do have some quirky merchandise but mostly it is the same cheaply made stuff you can find at a CVS on special. I bought some socks that I have not found elsewhere that I like. I may go back for some more of those but I doubt they will have them. I did find one household item that was @$20 less than I could find anywhere else ($40 as opposed to $60) so I bought that too. However when I got home and opened the box I found I had to assemble it myself. The instructions were in Chinese with pictures. I decided to return it if I could not figure it out. I did and it still works fine.
So yeah most everything about WM is a pain in the ass. Maybe now that money is so hard to make buyers are less willing to part with theirs in that type of an atmosphere.
In our town it's either Publix or Walmart.
Walmart overall is cheaper the Publix, but with BOGOS and coupons, the majority of stuff comes from where shopping is a pleasure and non-grocery items from WallyMart.
To those Walmart haters, let me ask you:
Why do you want the largest employer in the US to fail?
Does your hatred towards Walmart really show you are so much better?
Do you realize you have something in common with Al-Qaeda and the Taliban that you all want America to fail?
Don't call me nasty names without any rational explanation. That's what the fundamentalist do.
I love self-checkout.
Like I said in another thread, I don't want some finger licking chick(usually an older lady) touching all my groceries.
Cashier links her fingers to separate the bags, licks her fingers to separate money.
I don't have to complain to the manager anymore because I am the cashier.
Walmart stands for everything un-American.
Walmart will fail and that will make America succeed.
There isn't a Walmart near my house, but I do work close to one. Rarely ever go there, but a couple of years ago I had gained some weight and needed some new work clothes. Didn't want to spend too much money on clothes I was determined to not wear for long. The flat front khakis and button downs I got weren't bad and didn't cost much. I'm skinny again now so I "reward" myself with nicer clothes. :-)
When I do go there, I always get in the line of the checker who looks like present day Patty Hearst.
Walmarts OK. The article was written by someone big in retail unions.
Hey if Walmart went under, where would you fairies buy your lube, ass douche, and cucumbers?
I like Wegman's.
R55/56 at Whole Foods naturally.
I laugh that Wal-Mart execs think it's a brilliant idea to put in self-check lanes. Other retailers are abandoning that concept in droves because people are stealing them blind.
Isn't it Business 101 that it takes money to make money? Costco seems to have figured it out.
I think the Walton spawn are all a bunch of entitled hyenas tearing at the carcass of Grandpa's life's work. They don't care if anything is left as long as their bellies are sated.
Woolworths had the luncheon counters.
JcPenney just ripped out all their sales
They are going strictly self serve.
And, my Kroger just doubled their self checkout lanes, from 4 to 8.
I love you r58. Never missed a beat..
Just before the break-up of the Soviet Union, several Soviet Navy ships visited the U.S. - first time from before WWII. I was assigned to take 3 Soviet officers around for two days so there were plenty of historic and tourist sites to show them. They also wanted to do some shopping. One wanted a microwave for his mother, another wanted a toaster-oven, the other wanted men's clothes. I took them to Walmart and it just blew them away. The ships' visit was front page news so when these guys in uniform walked in, everything came to a standstill for a few minutes. Nobody had ever seen a Soviet sailor before.
Then the elder-ly (is that a banned DL word?) greeter didn't just greet them, she hugged them. (Anyone who has ever been to Russia knows that store clerks don't even smile at customers.) Next, the cashiers and all the people online started applauding and cheering. These guys had never had such an experience.
When they saw the food aisles, they were taking pictures. The vast variety of bread and rolls fascinated them. Wherever they went in the store, people greeted them.
In addition to their Walmart experience, they loved the drive-up bank machine where you inserted a card and money came out, and the drive up fast food restaurant where you talked to a sign, pulled forward and lunch was bagged and ready. No doubt, all that stuff is old to them now, but it was fun to see their reaction back at that time. And it was a time when Wal-mart was still doing their "Made in America" promotions.
I do not have the smats to use self-check-out.
"Next, the cashiers and all the people online started applauding and cheering."
Oops! They weren't online. We didn't have online in those days. The people standing on checkout lines.
r64 your statement cracked me up. At least you are mat enough to know. As a large womyn, you would be useful on garbage duty.
mat = smat
I got it, I just thought you were speaking Bostonian, r64.
Walmart could pay its workers beyond $20 an hour -- no problem. Along with the benefits covering health, dental, vision, and generous vacation time.
R63 How sad that they had to come all the way to America to by products made in China.
[quote]Why do you want the largest employer in the US to fail?
I don't want Walmart to fail. I want it to pay its workers a decent wage and treat them like human beings, instead of, say, locking them in the stores at night. In the meantime, I won't go there.
I think most Walmart shoppers would agree to pay slightly higher prices in order for that to happen, although given Walmart's enormous profits, I'm sure the company could do it without raising prices.
I think Sam Walton would be totally appalled at how Walmart operates these days.
R51 Not unlike Al Qaeda we just want Wal Mart to stop destroying America, our economy and our way of life.
To R56....BINGO! BINGO! BINGO!
(Have we dated before?)
This is why I just bought milk at Food 4 Less.
I assume I fall into the category of Wal-mart "hater" because I too want them to fail, although I don't hate Wal-mart, just what they do to the communities in which they do business. A recent study found that when a Wal-mart store opens, those eligible for financial assistance, food stamps, and Medicare increase, and local social services offices report that they're working more and more with people who are employed full time at Wal-mart. I don't know how we can expect someone to live on $14,000 a year with no health insurance and no benefits, save for a meager employee discount. Great, you're so poor, you have to shop at Wal-mart; if that's not a self-perpetuating cycle, I don't know what one is.
Meanwhile, the Walton family has so much money, they literally could never spend it all. The linked article said Wal-mart made $17 billion in profit last year. Maybe the Waltons could take just one of those billion and insure their entire workforce, maybe even have enough left over to increase their starting wage. It would certainly boost sales if their own employees had more money to spend there.
"Do you realize you have something in common with Al-Qaeda and the Taliban that you all want America to fail?"
And that would make us like the Republican Party as well.
Meanwhile, the fact that you equate America with Walmart is insulting to every American.
I've heard rising gas prices is what will eventually bring them down. Walmart has everything shipped in from all over the place, local shops will eventually become more profitable.
Why should WM have to give them generous vacation time?
No one else gets that!
I just don't understand the need for Americans to constantly be buying so much shit.
I mean, yes, food obviously is a necessity that needs to be constantly replenished --- but like others have mentioned, similar food prices (at a better quality) exist at any local or competing supermarket.
Maybe I'm low-maintenance, but aside from personal hygiene (shampoo, shaving cream, toothpaste, toilet paper), I don't see why I would ever need to buy from the endless rows and rows of useless SHIT every week or every other day. Everything I need, I already have in better quality (clothes, dishware, cleaning supplies, etc.) that can be re-used over and over again.
You Walmart-shoppers, what the hell are you buying that you need to go there so often??? I am not looking to troll; I'm seriously curious.
[quote]I won't go there willingly but was in WM recently for the first time with a friend.
You were forced to Walmart against your will?
And you still call this person a friend?
In Chicago the shelves are full. The Walmart Grocers are opening all over and are full.
The REAL problem is the ethnics. Walmart had to pull the self serve lanes because those people were stealing.
The other thing it shows is that people don't want to work. In Chicago every Walmart is hiring. So I guess these welfare queens, better known as Obama Democrats, don't want to work. They'd rather stay home and collect welfare.
Welfare people should be forced to work. They should be deducted the amount of money that Walmart would give them if they applied for a job. So if Walmart only gives 16 hours at minimum wage, they should have that amount deducted from their welfare.
You'd see how fast they'd get their fat asses to work. Yes, Walmart is hiring, put lazy asses think they're too good to work.
I'm so sick of getting on the subway with 20 year old girls with three kids. I went to Walgreens and their is the ethnic buying beer, liquor, lipstick with a hundred dollar bill and pulling out her link card for three bags of potato chips and some snickers.
R82=a lazy "ethnic ".
It has been said in the news that Walmart supports the Democratic party because they will give the workers they purposely underpay all those benefits like food stamps, etc. So, don't hold the company up as a fine example of hard work and thrift and conservative politics Please. I'll bet ole Sam is just smiling away in Heaven.
[quote]. I'll bet ole Sam is just smiling away in Heaven.
Now that's a knee slapper!
It's been said in the news that r84 for is an ignorant freepers troll who can't even lie credibly. Like the rest of his movement, its institutions and its idols, he is self-destructing before our very eyes. At least that's what is said in the news.
[quote]How sad that they had to come all the way to America to by products made in China.
Not true, r70. You didn't read to the end where it states: "And it was a time when Walmart was still doing their "Made in America" promotions." They built their reputation on selling American-made products before they switched to China. That's when I stopped buying at Walmart.
How sad you don't know the difference between "by" and "buy."
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