Thread regarding Walmart layoffs

Bigger Concerns

Forgetting for the moment the minutiae of problems plaguing WM on the inside, the much greater concern is how their failures will affect the USA economically.

WM is still the largest private employer, and the leading employer in 22 states. The recent post re. closure of over night hours is a smart move for the company—but that's a 33% reduction in spendable income from a very large slice of USA employees. Sure, they'll move around many of those folks to other hours and areas. But I think we all know there's not gonna be enough room to accomodate all the loss. One third is a big chunk to fill.

As online shopping and the residual effects of COVID continue to erode WM, we're going to be seeing some rough fall out from it all. What are your thoughts?

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More online shopping had started long before this virus. There are so many people that wouldn't step foot in a Walmart or Sam's due to how they treat employees and my guess is that it will get worse due to the layoffs and ridding of long time employees. There will always be a certain type that enjoys the cheap and or China made cr**.

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Post ID: @lwhc+15T3OUph

Walmart's idea of using technology instead of people has been deployed bass ackwards:. employees have been cut, and there is still no way to go online, as a shopper, and confirm inventory before going to the store.

Their store pickup "towers" are an affront to anyone with a brain; most of the time, the items ordered get stuck in the storeroom and have to be retrieved by an associate.

In regards to the management overseeing delivery of consumer experiences from the technology standpoint, every one is simply guarding their own micro-kingdom, and ducking their heads when accountability from some higher or outside authority comes knocking. There are retail stores in the US with hundreds of locations who've already delivered Google maps like functionality to every aisle of their stores, including to exact locations of individual items.

Yet, Walmart's idea of technology is ordering online and picking up at/in the store - something Domino's has been doing for 20+ years!

The quality of their grocery items, prices, availability, and brand selection are all atrocious compared to smaller chain grocers and even the newer Harp's stores in Arkansas. If you want to microwave your dinner 5 nights a week, buy your food at Walmart.

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Post ID: @kkxo+15T3OUph

Laid off last year after almost 13 years with Walmart. Sudden meeting, no notice, no, "thank you for your service," then it was out the door. I had never had a bad evaluation in all that time. I think approx. 150 people were laid off at that time, as well. I was almost 60 years old. Advice for job seekers: if you are an older worker, expect many rejections. Employers don't readily hire older workers, even though they are not supposed to discriminate based on age.. One interviewer was honest enough to tell me that employers don't like to hire older workers because they fear they will put in the investment of hiring & training you, then you will retire shortly. Also, they fear that you are not as , "technology savvy" as younger workers. I have been looking for over a year - no job yet. Expect also to go through a, "grieving" process of suddenly having your world turned upside down. Best wishes to all of you.

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Post ID: @jlud+15T3OUph

Walmart started making these cuts a couple of years ago. There have already been several jobs cut throughout the company.
We were all told that we owe it to the shareholders to make it work.
The company has been going down the toilet for a while now.

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Post ID: @aatw+15T3OUph

I question why three years ago I was hearing WM was set to lay-off 150,000 employees. Isnt it lucky that if we were gonna have a pandemic, it happened in 2020.

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Post ID: @6sqx+15T3OUph

The day they go down the path of Sears should be a national holiday.

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Post ID: @6yjv+15T3OUph

We closed our overnight shift a year ago and almost all went to different shifts. Some retired and some found other jobs. We have been hiring for new positions that deal with online orders, pick-up and local delivery. Wal-Mart will be fine. As for the workers, I would say that any retail job should not be considered a career job like it has been in the past. Retail jobs should be considered a stepping stone, a part time gig, or just something to make a little more money.

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Post ID: @5bbe+15T3OUph

Walmart can afford it ! But what they will see is their leadership, with knowledge, crossing over to competitors making more money with more opportunities. Walmart is abusing their masses for profit and could care less about their associates. Just look at their home base prototypes in Bentonville - self checks with NO cashiers - Bosanova robot- automated unloader - they have been planning for curb side and Online selling for years ( but still can't get it right).

Walmart answers to stake holders and nothing else - big business always will but at what cost. Terminating the masses in their algorithm of success has already been put into play with GWP etc. so it shouldn't come to be a surprise when workforces are cut. But for the blue collar worker etc. try not to put all your eggs in one basket and start building that resume' now and get out before your left wondering where your next paycheck will come from.

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