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EvenBob
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February 25th, 2017 at 2:05:46 PM permalink
I still love Walmart and order more than ever
online. They have a much wider selection of
food items online than you'll ever see in a store.

One thing I've learned is Walmart does not keep
much food inventory in it's warehouses. They
are constantly out of stock for a few days on
lots of items. Sometimes I'll add something to my cart
and when and when I checkout 10min later. it's
out of stock already.

Last week I bought 5 jars of Vlassic sauerkraut. One
was shipped from FL, one from MS, and three from
OH. This happens all the time. I know their stores
have no back room inventory, it all goes on the
shelf as soon as they get it.

This is kinda scary if there is ever a food shortage.
Walmart's entire inventory will be sold out in hours
nationwide. I wonder how many other stores/suppliers
work this way. I'm slowly building my pantry, just
ordered 90 cans of potted meat today. I like it, it's
all protein and no carbs and it's great on a cracker.
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Johnzimbo
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February 25th, 2017 at 3:37:10 PM permalink
I finally ordered some cat food and litter from Walmart.com. I usually go to the huge store right across from AT&T (Cowboys) stadium because they are the only place I have found that carries the senior bisque our oldest cat loves, but hate dealing with the slow checkout. Also realized they carry so many items online that they used to but no longer carry in the store like the Russell quick-dry exercise shirts I like so I grabbed several of those also. All items got delivered free in two days.

Not sure I'll ever go back to that store now.
Mission146
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February 25th, 2017 at 5:42:41 PM permalink
EB,

I can only speak for one location, but what you said is the precise opposite of the D.C. in which I once worked. If we were out, it was often because the manufacturer didn't have the inventory we needed, especially on dry goods.

Now, WM is not a big fan of waste, they want to keep everything moving as much as possible. If by, "Not much food inventory," you mean we couldn't stock the stores several times over, then that is true, but that's by design. The D.C., from what I could tell, was basically sized to stock each store twice.

The whole system is based on efficiency and absolute minimalist conditions. I can't speak to sauerkraut, I only filled in on dry a few times, I worked first meat & produce then freezer/dairy/deli.
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onenickelmiracle
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February 25th, 2017 at 10:37:01 PM permalink
That's funny I just bought Vlassic sauerkraut for the first time and it was the worst I ever had. It was the cheapest and I can see why. Reminded me of pickles. I always rinse sauerkraut, seems to taste better, and less salty. Sauerkraut is pretty easy to make, planning on trying one of these days, but don't really have a good container to make it. I paid $1.50 a 32 oz jar.

You're right about supply chain efficiency being a major risk. It scares me what would happen if the country lost electricity for 3 days. A few extra days backup would save lives, many lives. Those people with only condiments in their fridge will be lost.
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RonC
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February 26th, 2017 at 6:48:56 AM permalink
I use Walmart now more than ever. They have made grocery shopping much easier, so we do a monthly purchase of household items (no fresh or frozen food most of the time) to keep a stock in the house. Now I don't have to look for this and that in the store (which I avoid as much as I can); they just bring it to the car. I do compare prices because they use deceptive pricing tactics sometimes, but I doubt they are the only ones.
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February 26th, 2017 at 7:03:33 AM permalink
Quote: onenickelmiracle

That's funny I just bought Vlassic sauerkraut for the first time and it was the worst I ever had. It was the cheapest and I can see why. Reminded me of pickles. I always rinse sauerkraut, seems to taste better, and less salty. Sauerkraut is pretty easy to make, planning on trying one of these days, but don't really have a good container to make it. I paid $1.50 a 32 oz jar.

You're right about supply chain efficiency being a major risk. It scares me what would happen if the country lost electricity for 3 days. A few extra days backup would save lives, many lives. Those people with only condiments in their fridge will be lost.

What a nightmare it would be if we lost power in LV in the summer.
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EvenBob
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February 26th, 2017 at 10:34:34 AM permalink
Quote: Mission146

EB,

I can only speak for one location, but what you said is the precise opposite of the D.C. in which I once worked. If we were out, it was often because the manufacturer didn't have the inventory we needed, especially on dry goods.



If something is out on a shelf and
you ask them to check in back,
they always say everything they
have is on shelf. No food inventory
is kept in the back. They do keep
expensive items like TV's and computers
back there, though, I can see them
stacked to the ceiling.
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EvenBob
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February 26th, 2017 at 10:40:51 AM permalink
Quote: RonC

I do compare prices because they use deceptive pricing tactics sometimes, but I doubt they are the only ones.



It's not deceptive. All stores use a pricing
model based on it's location. The poorer
part of town will have the cheapest prices.
Some online prices are different. My store
has Walmart mayo for $1.97 on a 30oz jar.
Online it's $2.97. Store has Smuckers
Natural PB for $2.37, online it's $2.97.

The best for me is, I can buy a 44 lb bag
of cat food online and get it shipped to
my house for free. No wrestling with it
on every step of the journey from the
store to my house. They also have things
like canned tomato puree online. Almost
nobody sells that in a store.
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BigJer
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February 26th, 2017 at 11:58:27 AM permalink
You may say so EvenBob. However, the revolutionary proletariat shall rise up and seize the means of production from the imperialist, capitalist, war mongering oppressors who have duped them into wage slavery!!

(OMG! I just had a flashback to the 70s. OTOH, WOW I can remember something from from my days in Berkeley in the 70s. Impressive.)

Quote: EvenBob

Thats right, I love Walmart. And not only because they
have the best ammo prices.

Two weeks ago, when it was 104 here, the crappy
Fridgidaire air conditioner in the bedroom went out.
It was a whole 2 years old. There wasn't another
one for sale in the county, so I looked at Walmart's
page and they sell them online, free shipping if its
over $45. They had a GE, same model I have in my
office, on sale for $78. WTF? So I ordered it and 2
days later it was on my porch. Shipped free. Works
great, twice the cold air as the one that broke.

So I'm looking around the Walmart site, and holy
crap, they sell everything under the sun, stuff you
can't even get in their stores, and most of it is free
shipping over $45. I buy a lot of animal food every
month and cat litter. Walmart is always almost out
of 13oz food cans every time I go, its very depressing.

So I order 96 cans, 4 big bags of dry food, and a
big bag of litter. Two days later its all on my porch,
175 pounds of product shipped free. I felt light
headed. No trips to the store and lugging all this
stuff around. No more wrestling and carrying heavy
bags of litter. Its like a weight has been lifted.

How can they do this, ship 175 pounds for free? I'm
at a loss.. I used to ship with FedeX, which is how
this came. I checked the FedEx site and ground
shipping is $321 for this much weight.

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standbymyman
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February 27th, 2017 at 9:42:32 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

If something is out on a shelf and
you ask them to check in back,
they always say everything they
have is on shelf. No food inventory
is kept in the back. They do keep
expensive items like TV's and computers
back there, though, I can see them
stacked to the ceiling.




Not true. How could everything that comes in go directly on the floor instantly? I have on several occasions had them check, and been told they had the item, and waited for them to bring it out.

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