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