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    Wal-mart a company that makes abour $14 Billion in profits every year....

    is always coming up with new and unique ways to save money.....at the expense of their employees.

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    It makes sense. Walmart is cutting out the middle man. I belong to Burpy. It is a grocery delivery service I use on occasion.

    Burpy shops at 3 local grocery stores and Walmart. Walmart offers a 2 day delivery, but no perishables.

    Walmart offers free shipping to store-for pick up at store and purchase groceries online for pick-up at store.

    If you have noticed Home Depot employees walking around collecting on-line orders for pick-up.

    Delivery seems the next logical step.

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    Two things:

    1. It is voluntary.

    2. The employee gets paid extra if they choose to participate.

    Right now it is just a pilot program, but if it works, it will be coming to a Wal Mart near you.

    Wal Mart usually gets it right, they did not become one of the biggest companies in the world by making bad decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Walmarts aren't going to be closing.

    I don't have numbers but I imagine the majority of shoppers still use actual stores and that's not going to change anytime soon. If you need to buy something on the way home from work for dinner you aren't going to go home and order it, you are going to stop at a store.
    O, no they won't. Retail went on the same downward trajectory as the airlines, Spooky. Once customers prized a "day of shopping" for the elegant surroundings, fabulous customer service, etc. Now, those same retailers are like trying to shop in a crowded, understaffed Salvation Army Thrift Store.

    The parking lots are battlegrounds. The stores are located in malls that have become more and more dangerous, including a recent phenomena -- mobs of teenagers making a riot inside the store.

    Customers have no loyalty to bricks and mortar stores at all anymore.

    The future is coming, and it will be VERY different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    If your employer asked you to deliver something on the way home from work, would you? I'm in the newspaper industry. I came up the circulation side of the house. This was something that was just done. I can't count the number of times I redelivered someone's paper on the way home or dropped more papers at a store.

    Walmart is testing this at three stores, two in New Jersey and one in Arkansas. Could this make service a priority again? When I was a kid we got deliveries from several companies every week to our door. We got milk delivered from Borden Dairy. We had chips and snacks delivered by a company called Charles Chips. Then there was Red Baron Pizza and ice cream from Schwan Food.

    Is to the porch or door delivery a positive step for retailers?
    It's all value added for the employees, so it can't hurt. I came up in the direct mail industry, so making mail drops at various post offices or printers was very common. I used to get hours and mileage to pay permits at the regional post office which I happen to drive directly past anyway. So I had a sweet gig for a while..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Only in the short run.

    Walmarts creates MILLIONS of jobs, in the company and in its supporting economy. Closing all the Walmarts will displace ALMOST all those workers -- who will have no other job opportunities in retail.

    Closing all the Walmarts would be akin to closing a military base in the US; usually turns the surrounding city into a ghost town.
    You are overrating Walmart. Getting the Walmart robber barons out of our economy can only help. They ran out a lot of legit local businesses when hey showed up. Showed no mercy. I say no mercy to them.
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    Actually, Amazon is beginning to realize they need brick and mortar stores. I've done the Amazon Prime Pantry. I ordered a box of groceries to be delivered. Prices were pretty good but not that much better than my local grocery store. There was the convenience factor. The box was delivered to my house.

    Amazon launches curbside pickup for groceries

    Amazon has opened a pair of drive-thru grocery pickup stores to the public in Seattle, allowing customers to pickup their AmazonFresh grocery orders instead of having them delivered at home, The Verge reports.

    The store openings mark the latest step forward in Amazon’s fledgling efforts in both the US grocery market and brick-and-mortar retail.

    Amazon must build out a brick-and-mortar presence in order to truly break into the $600 billion US grocery industry. Online grocery sales made up less than 1% of grocery sales in the US last year, BI Intelligence estimates. So Amazon needs to expand its brick-and-mortar presence to really challenge established players in this space. Click-and-collect should provide an easy way for Amazon to start building that presence by leveraging its existing online customers. Meanwhile, the e-commerce behemoth will continue to experiment with other grocery store formats —such as its cashier-less Amazon Go store model — to find ways that it can differentiate its in-store shopping experience from other grocers.

    Amazon launches curbside pickup for groceries - Business Insider

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    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    You are overrating Walmart. Getting the Walmart robber barons out of our economy can only help. They ran out a lot of legit local businesses when hey showed up. Showed no mercy. I say no mercy to them.
    Of course....but an unexpected, "sudden" loss of the bricks and mortar retailers will disrupt the economy.

    I wanted them to do better towards all their stakeholders. Not disappear completely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Actually, Amazon is beginning to realize they need brick and mortar stores. I've done the Amazon Prime Pantry. I ordered a box of groceries to be delivered. Prices were pretty good but not that much better than my local grocery store. There was the convenience factor. The box was delivered to my house.
    I noticed that too! Pick up from WHERE, I wonder?

    Bezos has promised me I'll have any product or grocery item I want, no more than two hours after I order it, in the Shiney Bright Amazon Future. Maybe he's hedging his bets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    If your employer asked you to deliver something on the way home from work, would you? I'm in the newspaper industry. I came up the circulation side of the house. This was something that was just done. I can't count the number of times I redelivered someone's paper on the way home or dropped more papers at a store.

    Walmart is testing this at three stores, two in New Jersey and one in Arkansas. Could this make service a priority again? When I was a kid we got deliveries from several companies every week to our door. We got milk delivered from Borden Dairy. We had chips and snacks delivered by a company called Charles Chips. Then there was Red Baron Pizza and ice cream from Schwan Food.

    Is to the porch or door delivery a positive step for retailers?
    Yes, has yours?
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