It seems like when Wal Mart reduced the overnight stocking is when all these problems started with pallets everywhere and shelves not being stocked. The other problem is when they take an order for online grocery pick-up and the shelf is empty, the directive is they find the item, period. Do not cancel the item. So that means go search the pallets for that one box of OTC medicine that someone ordered but isn't on the shelves but the system says 30 are on hand since they are in a pallet somewhere.bryceleinan wrote: ↑May 8th, 2021, 8:52 pm One of the problems we have had lately is getting food for our spoiled felines. Wal 1648 (South Carson) was pretty much out of wet cat food the other day when I was getting stabbed by the pharmacist, and the associate in the area told me they have pallets and conexes full of stuff but no help to offload them. I picked up some other garden stuff, and had to grab it off the pallet in the middle of the area - the store manager was over there trying to stock because they don't have man-hours.
3277 (Damonte Ranch) was a little better a few weeks ago - same deal though, no cat food and pallets everywhere. When I worked for Wal back in 2002 the majority of the workforce was full-time, now, I believe it is just the opposite. Plus, everyone is feeling the effects of a lack of employees.
There has been a shortage of certain canned pet food items, centralized on the Nestle products (Friskies/Fancy Feast on cats). For the past few weeks, most Wal Mart, Target, and most of the Smiths had a number of out of stocks and Safeway had problems for a few days (they sold out last since their pricing isn't the best).
The worst condition Wal Mart regarding pallets at present is the one in NW Reno on 7th and Mae Anne. They have so many pallets unstocked, and it has been this way for months now. I did notice this week they finally cleared all of the pallets that were in the center walkway of softlines but the hardlines side of the store is still a sea of hundreds if not thousands of pallets.
At this moment Wal Mart is hiring for stocking and full time on swing shifts. But they have been pro-actively reducing the number of full time employees for years most recently eliminating even more department managers, assistant managers, adding some new titles, and other ongoing restructuring.
The Damonte Ranch Wal Mart was full of pallets almost as bad as 7th/Mae Anne, but got cleaned up about a month ago somehow. They had a regional manager meeting in the store of some kind so the store was cleaned up in preparation. Obviously whoever it was who came there, did not bother to visit any of the other area stores. Such a funny phenomenon in retail how these chains will have management visit a store and that management only visits one store so they get it cleaned up.