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Went to the grocery store (HEB) yesterday. Paper products are mostly full, maybe 80% stocked. There was a palette of paper towels and toilet paper, store brand stuff, but stuff nonetheless. Half of the paper towels was the store brand (used to be that Bounty, Brawny, and others populated the shelves). No problem with water, either.
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Nothing new and no surprises.Alpha8472 wrote: ↑November 20th, 2020, 2:33 am I have heard from friends who work for Walmart that Walmart in recent weeks has started laying off employees. Walmart is going into full on cost cutting mode. They hired tons of employees when the pandemic started. Now the bean counters at Walmart's corporate office are freaking out over the excessive cost of employee payroll.
They started firing people for minor attendance issues again. There is an attendance point system that they use for lateness. They are searching for any reason to fire people. This supposedly will cut costs and save the company money. Walmart is already suffering from understaffing and the aisles are not getting restocked. The few employees left are overworked and overwhelmed. People are quitting left and right. Cash register lines are longer than ever and Walmart is firing cashiers.
Walmart is also locking up many items in glass cabinets. You cannot even find an employee to get a key to unlock those cabinets. Walmart is losing so many potential sales due to that.
Walmart is way too obsessed with cutting employee costs. This will only frustrate customers with long lines and out of stock merchandise. You cannot expect to rung a business like this. You will drive many of your customers to other stores. Walmart will lose business in the long run.
Everything changes and everything remains the same (especially with Walmart).
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Thursday morning is my preferred time to shop and in light of the fact TOTAL case counts increased 9.3% over TWO DAYS in the area where the stores are located, I made the decision to hit only two supermarkets and stay out of the local Wal-Mart and Target. Market 32 was very well stocked on paper products but cleaning supplies were even thinner than usual and they haven't been very robust to begin with. I did manage to snag two cans of Microban spray so I can't complain. One of the must have items this time around seems to be bowl cleaner-can't remember it being so prized last time around. I didn't check if there were limits on paper products because I bought enough and then some the last go round this spring. My plan was to buy enough groceries for a month or more and between this store and the local Hannaford I did just that. And if I get creative enough, I might have enough until after the New Year. The plan right now is to stay away from any stores for at least the next two weeks-maybe longer. At that point, I'll see how bad the numbers are and maybe I'll go back but maybe not. I would've normally bought whatever kind of cleaning supplies I could get my hands on at my other two normal stops but being single and buying just whatever I'm allowed I probably have a large enough stockpile to survive a nuclear attack. But I have the luxury of being retired so I can set my own hours so to speak when it comes to shopping. Most people who work have no choice but to join the crowds because that's the only time they have available to shop.