Changes to Wal-Mart To Make Shopping Easier
Changes to Stores Coming Soon
Walmart has decided to make some new changes to the stores to try and make your shopping experience easier, however their suppliers are not the least bit pleased.
For starters, the retailer has decided to cut back on the amount of products that the store will now sell inside of the supercenters. The Wall Street Journal reporter, Sara Nassauer has reported.
The store will no longer offer a large quanity of different sizes of a specific item. A perfect example of this is that instead of eight different sizes of ketchup the store instead will only sell two different sizes of this particular item.
The giant retailer has already started to cut back on the amount of items sold in the supercenter by cutting out 2,500 items out of the stores. The stores typically have around 120,000 items.
The store is also making changes in the appearance of the stores. When you walk into your local store now, the shelves are high and you cannot see the whole length of the store or the department locations within the stores.
Cutting Back Items to Make Shopping Easier
Now, Wal-Mart is going to cut down on the height of the shelves that it has in the front of the stores. The height will be lowered to allow customers to be able to see where each department is within the store. The shelves will be cut down by at least a foot.
For most people, this might seem like just a subtle change for the stores however for their suppliers, this is not sitting well. It means that less items will be available for purchase and the amount of sweets and treats found in the front of the store will be less. This means a big loss for the candy makers however for the people who really could stand to cut back on the amount of sweets they eat, this might be a good thing.
Candy, gum, soda's and magazines will be at the top of the list for the items being cut back inside of the stores. This is going to wipe out millions of dollars from the store and its suppliers but is something that is well worth losing money on.
The decision to cut back these items is not setting well with its suppliers however Wal-Mart is looking to improve the overall store appearance, experience and traffic within the stores.
Wal-Mart has took a drop in stocks recently with the company losing more stocks by letting people know that because of this change to the stores, the year end sales can expect to be a flat line across for the year when predicted causing more people to let sales go.
Wal-Mart has kept the wages of their employees low until recently when they raised their wages in order to attract more people to come to work for them. Wal-Mart is now competeting heavily with other competitors such as Costco, Aldi and Amazon as well as with Target.
The store in recent months has opted to bring back the people who stand to greet you in the front of the store to encourage a better shopping experience when visiting the stores. The stores have also decided to bring in more people to help fight against theft by hiring Asset-Protection Specialists who work to make sure that receipts are checked and to reduce the risk of items disappearing from the stores.
In addition to these changes, Wal-Mart has also decided to make the website it operates more user friendly. The number of fulfillment centers within the United States has increased as well to allow its customers to get their items shipped and received faster. As well as making this a priority, the superstore giant has also decided to allow for a store manager to over ride a price to reflect a price found on websites such as Amazon.
Good or Bad??
All of these things are changes made to Wal-Mart however are they enough of a change to encourage you to shop more at Wal-Mart? In my opinion, perhaps however there are far more things they could do to make the shopping experience even more enjoyable, for instance, more lines being open at once. I would love to be able to walk into the store after nine o'clock and not stand in line for 2 hours because there is only 1 cashier working. These things could be done to make the shopping experience more pleasurable, however it probably will not happen anytime soon.