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September 12, 2019 · OPINION

What happened to our hometown Walmart?

By Jeanette Carlson

A dash of lipstick and a pretty blouse and out the door to make my monthly purchases at our Warrenton Walmart. But not so fast. Things have drastically changed!

When I first noticed it, I had to stop and think whether we were under a hurricane watch. The food shelves were emptying out quicker than they could be refilled and huge gaps of nothing were left in their place. I actually found the last jar of unsweetened apple sauce on the bottom shelf way near the back wall, but my brand of bread was completely missing among other items on my list.

I had to end up patronizing another area grocer, paying higher prices, and my whole day was now well extended and not so fun anymore.

Like mad men and women, Walmart employees are now rounding the isles pushing these nefarious blue carts and loading them for those who are sitting at home watching their soaps and eating bonbons, leaving bare bones for those of us who still like pushing our own grocery carts. Not good.

It seems to me that if this is the way corporate Walmart is going to roll that they moved way too fast with their idea and left some planning out. Leave our store alone.

Purchase some ground, build a warehouse and let the little blue carts go there. I’m sure I’m not the only one who misses the good old days.
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Calypso · September 18, 2019 at 9:39 pm
Ok folks - reality check - Maybe Jeanette Carlson is an old broad who has done her time in the work-o-holic world and looks forward to getting out of the house? It sounds to me like she was actually trying to be up-beat yet point out a problem in a grocery store. No banana bashing please (: have a nice day
mgrabner · September 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Do you seriously think that people who use online shopping are just sitting around eating bonbons and watching TV? That's a pretty narrow view of things. Thanks to all the job opportunities in Warrenton, NOT, I work over an hour away from home. Online shopping allows me to come through Warrenton, get my groceries, rush home, take my children to practice and then cook dinner. I feel so sorry for you, poor dear, having to shop at another store and pay higher prices ruining your whole day. Try commuting for a living and then getting it "all done" with a cute blouse and lipstick. Thank You Walmart for offering this option to us commuters! Sorry for the attitude but I don't think you are suffering so badly if you can afford a pretty blouse and a day of shopping. Peace!
InTheSouth · September 18, 2019 at 11:11 am
An to Calypso just because you think someone is a meany it does not equate to a Democrat.
InTheSouth · September 18, 2019 at 11:09 am
I ran into stocking problems long before they started online ordering. For a just in time company it's not close to that anymore.

As to bonbons, soaps did you ever once think that on line ordering and pickup is not a luxury but a God send. Did you think of people of with COPD, autoimmune diseases, and families with autistic children?

Just so you know when I went to order 24 packs of tuna I was limited to 12.
Calypso · September 16, 2019 at 10:47 am
Great Idea! LOL!!!
brandonj · September 16, 2019 at 6:34 am
Look on the bright side, if shopping doesn't work out at Walmart, you can always people watch.
Calypso · September 15, 2019 at 1:58 pm
Ooo are a must be a Democrat!
DonkeyFarmer · September 15, 2019 at 12:02 am
I'm thankful for Walmart. And have rarely found anything to be out of stock. You can always do your "monthly purchases" elsewhere Jeanette. You are the smart one after all, you can figure it out. The stupid bonbon eating fools will continue in their misguided ways.

Jeanette wants cheap food but does not want to pay for it.
Linda Ward · September 14, 2019 at 10:25 am
Harris Teeter has online shopping but they are a mainly a grocery store, not a do all be all store like Wal-Mart. Their shelves appear to be stocked at all times. Maybe it's a management problem at the Warrenton store?

Tom LaHaye - You're correct sir, I was wondering the same thing about the article I posted, it doesn't square with the Warrenton store.

Calypso - I was commenting from what I have read, not arguing about the issue. We avoid Wal-Mart as much as possible, their track record toward their employees is not a good one.
Calypso · September 13, 2019 at 8:26 pm
Explanations do not fix the problem.....Greed ruins all..... Get rid of the blue carts and give us our store back!
Linda Ward · September 13, 2019 at 9:24 am
“Globally, Walmart turns its entire inventory eight times a year (compared to 6.4 times a year for Target, for example). Ideally, you want to turn your inventory in less than 30 days — that way, your vendors are financing your inventory, not you. Faster velocity lowers costs, meaning you can then charge less, which increases velocity and lowers costs more — it’s this kind of virtuous circle that made Walmart king. So any speed bump, anywhere in the system, screws everything up.”

Walmart Workers: There Aren’t Enough Of Us To Keep Shelves Stocked – The Consumerist

Wal-Mart’s Staffing Issues May Help Rivals – Barron’s

Basically, there aren't enough staff to keep the shelves stocked and there has been a crackdown on suppliers.
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