Friday headline roundup

Wal-Mart Sees $3 Billion Opportunity Refilling Empty Shelves (Bloomberg, 3/28/2014)

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, has struggled to keep shelves stocked over the past year at U.S. stores, Bloomberg News has reported, citing workers and customers. The lack of merchandise has frustrated some shoppers, prompting them to decamp to the chain’s competitors. Increasing labor hours could make it easier for staff to get inventory from the stockroom and replenish the products on the store floor.

 

Behold the Walmart Employee at the Food Pantry, Picking Up Food Donated by Walmart (Slate/Marketplace, 4/3/2014)

Recently, a shopper at the food pantry took an item off a shelf and told Moore, “I put this on the shelf, too.” The shopper was a Walmart worker.

See also: VIDEO: What if Wal-Mart paid its employees more? (Slate/Marketplace, 4/3/2014)

 

Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix top supermarket ratings; Walmart is the lowest scoring in a new Consumer Reports subscriber survey (NACS, 3/31/2014)

However, no chain tried their customers’ patience more than Walmart Supercenter. The biggest gripe overall: Not enough open checkouts (cited by 19% of shoppers), followed by congested aisles, out-of-stock advertised specials, and lack of choice. Too few open checkouts, out-of-stock basic items and spotty price labeling especially irritated Walmart shoppers.

 

The Truth Behind Walmart’s Green Claims (Huffington Post Green, 4/1/2014)

In other words, Walmart wants to be seen as leader on the environment, even though it refuses to invest in sustainability beyond what pure profit-maximizing would entail. It’s not for lack of cash either: Walmart had $17 billion in profits last year. The Walton family, which owns half of Walmart stock, is reportedly worth $145 billion.

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