After 'botch,' Walmart moves to keep disabled greeters

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  • WallE Walla Walla, WA
    March 2, 2019 12:19 p.m.

    Walmart will adjust and continue to make money. I've heard it's better to work for Walmart than most family run businesses where you only get ahead if you are family.

    The comment that Walmart will go away because they are brick and mortar but Amazon will survive is ironic. Amazon is trying to gain a brick and mortar presence with its purchase of Whole Foods.

    Sears still is an enigma to me. Their catalog business was similar to the internet and thrived over many years but died in the '70s. I'd like to understand why the catalogs failed but the internet sales system thrived.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    March 2, 2019 5:34 a.m.

    He was the corporate fool who thought up this genius plan to get rid of these greeters

    You never get rid of something or in this case ... someone who defines something within the culture of a company that actually is a hit with your customers... sounds like a reversal of this bungling is in order

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    March 1, 2019 11:49 a.m.

    Fabulous Jen - Eagle Mountain, UT:

    There are all kinds of jobs handicapped people can do besides being a greeter.

    On deliveries some of these people can put labels on boxes or carry boxes to the front doors of houses. Tbere is a safe job for them.

    Please keep in mind that these people want to work, they want to be a part of something, and they need to feel important.

    Please do not them be locked away.

  • Fabulous Jen Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 1, 2019 11:02 a.m.

    Lou Montana wrote 10:28 AM''

    "Those displace employees can be utilized in the packing and shipping areas."

    That is really not a good idea. Many greeters have physical disabilities or are elderly. We don't need them getting hurt.

    When I went to school, the special ed kids were kept in the school's basement all day. We never saw them except when the were getting on and off their school buses.

    As a society, we have improved a lot since my elementary school days. These people can be a part of our every day norms. We can love them and appreciate them. There is value in interacting with them and feeling the purity of their spirits.

    It may no longer be a corporate value and that's a sad thought. The desire to work and the ability to make people smile used to be things everyone in our country cherished.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    March 1, 2019 10:08 a.m.

    Walmart will never go away.

    Walmart has worked far to hard destroying small business grocery stores all across our great nation.

    Walmart will compete with Amazon because they now deliver groceries to your front door. And if they don't have your item they will substitute it with a more expensive one at no extra cost!

    Those displace employees can be utilized in the packing and shipping areas.

    Walmart now has on line ordering for dry goods and car parts (not all car parts) and they are cheaper than Amazon.

    Walmart is well established a head of Amazon and in a few years they will prove to be a very stable competitor.

    It is the greedy profiteers who are destroying our country and destroying our human values.

    Walmart recieves government subsidies for hiring handicapped employees and it is money well spent.

    I would rather see handicapped people who enjoy working, thriving, and loving life than a rich guy get a twenty million tax return.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 1, 2019 9:43 a.m.

    Wal-Mart made $124 billion in profit last year.

    Of course, the Walton family and conservatives in general will say, "Yes, but without the greeters, Wal-Mart would have profited $124.00002 billion last year."

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 1, 2019 8:42 a.m.

    Wallmart Stores (the brick and mortar stores) are going away eventually anyway. They can't compete with the Amazons and other companies that don't have to hire greeters, checkers, shockers, cleaners, in store customer service people, people managers, etc. So all these jobs are going away eventually (handicapped or not). Now is the time to get ready for the change, not when it happens.

    These greeters will not have jobs for long. The physical stores won't be around for long. You will have to order your stuff online and pick it up or have it delivered. But no greeters are needed in the online marketplace.

    There may be a few physical stores around, but not many. Look at all the closed stores in your neighborhood already.

    The bigger they are, the harder they are to keep open when companies with fewer workers (online stores) take over. Kmart, Sears, Penneys, Shopco, Macies, they're all going away. We don't shop there anymore. At least not in enough numbers to keep them open and paying the employees in all those stores.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2019 7:54 a.m.

    Greeters are an unnecessary expense for businesses. Also, they provide no performance value to the business. I'm sure Wal-mart and others could find a place for these people that would increase their self worth and contribute to the bottom line.

    Besides, I just want to go into a store and get out. I don't need or want to feel pressured to acknowledge someone that adds nothing to my shopping experience.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    March 1, 2019 7:51 a.m.

    It is amazing when people declare things like "every effort" when it obviously is NOT true. Would they really keep greeters if they were losing money and about to go bankrupt? I think not. I understand making a "reasonable effort" doesn't resonate with folks, but it is honest, at least. What is remarkable about this sort of comment is the frequency with which we hear something like that which is blatantly untrue, but accepted by the media and the public at large - without question.