Neighborhood Market eliminates overnight shifts at 430 stores

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Neighborhood Market eliminates overnight shifts at 430 stores

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Re: Neighborhood Market eliminates overnight shifts at 430 stores

Post by klkla » September 20th, 2017, 2:48 pm

This doesn't sound like a good idea. It will end up adding to their labor costs because the stocking crew will have to break down deliveries in the back room and won't be able to bring pallets on to the sales floor. Then they will have to go back and forth between the back room and the sales floor more often to bring merchandise out on six-wheelers with only 10-20 cases per trip.

Gelson's does it this way but they have high prices and can justify the added expense. For a discount store it doesn't make sense.

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Re: Neighborhood Market eliminates overnight shifts at 430 stores

Post by storewanderer » September 20th, 2017, 7:38 pm

With as low of volumes as a lot of the Neighborhood Markets do, this makes sense for those low volume locations. Low volume operators often do not stock overnight, rather, stock during day shifts.

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Re: Neighborhood Market eliminates overnight shifts at 430 stores

Post by CalItalian » September 20th, 2017, 11:10 pm

storewanderer wrote:With as low of volumes as a lot of the Neighborhood Markets do, this makes sense for those low volume locations. Low volume operators often do not stock overnight, rather, stock during day shifts.

Ralphs doesn't even stock overnight, anymore. As my friend who is a Ralphs manager told me, it's just too difficult to find a staff who will live those hours anymore.

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Re: Neighborhood Market eliminates overnight shifts at 430 stores

Post by wnetmacman » September 21st, 2017, 6:09 am

klkla wrote:This doesn't sound like a good idea. It will end up adding to their labor costs because the stocking crew will have to break down deliveries in the back room and won't be able to bring pallets on to the sales floor. Then they will have to go back and forth between the back room and the sales floor more often to bring merchandise out on six-wheelers with only 10-20 cases per trip.

Gelson's does it this way but they have high prices and can justify the added expense. For a discount store it doesn't make sense.


Walmart doesn't use a traditional six-wheeler. They use a 6' tall multi-level cart that can carry almost a pallet full of merchandise. I saw my local Supercenter's night crew gearing up last night with these all over the sales floor.

Even if they do have to make multiple trips to the back, the Neighborhood Markets aren't so large that it's impossible. As a matter of fact, there are multiple entrances to the back room in most of them. They really shouldn't break down pallets in the front anyway; it creates hazards like cellophane all over and pallets to trip on once they get some of the product off.

I see it as a good thing; seems like they'd use the lower traffic daytime to stock some Supercenters as well.

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Re: Neighborhood Market eliminates overnight shifts at 430 stores

Post by pseudo3d » September 21st, 2017, 2:27 pm

CalItalian wrote:
storewanderer wrote:With as low of volumes as a lot of the Neighborhood Markets do, this makes sense for those low volume locations. Low volume operators often do not stock overnight, rather, stock during day shifts.

Ralphs doesn't even stock overnight, anymore. As my friend who is a Ralphs manager told me, it's just too difficult to find a staff who will live those hours anymore.

Not too surprising, I mean, Kroger Southwest had a pretty pitiful starting wage (I think they pumped it up) that was not much more than minimum wage...

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Re: Neighborhood Market eliminates overnight shifts at 430 stores

Post by Super S » September 21st, 2017, 4:05 pm

I wonder how many of these are 24 hour stores that are going to no longer be open 24 hours, which means they won't be open at night any more. Walmart has made this change at several Supercenters in my area. A store doesn't have to be open for stocking, but there is a cost savings when you can cut lighting, heating/cooling, etc. during certain periods where business doesn't justify being open. Not to mention the fact that some of these stores can be shoplifting magnets.

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