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11,200 Sam’s Club jobs to be trimmed

January 25, 2010

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— Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will cut about 11,200 jobs at Sam’s Club warehouses as it turns over the task of in-store product demonstrations to an outside marketing company.

The move is an effort to improve sales at Sam’s Club and comes on top of a decision to close 10 underperforming warehouse locations, which cost 1,500 jobs.

The cuts represent about 10 percent of the warehouse club operator’s 110,000 staffers across its 600 stores. That includes 10,000 workers, mostly part-timers, who offer food samples and showcase products to customers. The company also eliminated 1,200 workers who recruit new members.

Employees were told the news at mandatory meetings on Sunday morning.

Sam’s Club has underperformed the Walmart chain in the U.S. and abroad. Sam’s Club CEO Brian Cornell has been working to improve results since taking the helm in early 2009, introducing new store formats, price cuts and offering more variety and more brands of items from take-home meals to baked goods.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

"Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will cut about 11,200 jobs at Sam’s Club warehouses as it turns over the task of in-store product demonstrations to an outside marketing company."

So, 11,200 crappy jobs just got crappier, or eliminated altogether.

These 11,200 employees are the current leaders in the Wal-Mart race to the bottom.

rbwaa 5 years, 5 months ago

this is sad because it seems that most of the individuals that offer food samples are older workers who are supplementing their social security income...

Flap Doodle 5 years, 5 months ago

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

"most of the individuals that offer food samples are older workers"

In the NPR report this morning, one Sam's worker said many of the fired workers didn't comprehend that they had just been fired.

Zachary Stoltenberg 5 years, 5 months ago

"Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will cut about 11,200 jobs at Sam’s Club warehouses as it turns over the task of in-store product demonstrations to an outside marketing company."

Sounds to me like these jobs will still exist, just not on Walmart's payroll. They are hiring an outside marketing company to take over, kind of like many grocery stores already do. Perhaps, all these newly separated employees should contact said marketing company for a job, you know they already have experience. Yes, Walmart is trimming the fat like every other company out there, but there isn't a "net" job loss so much as a job transfer. They didn't get to be the nations largest retailer my making poor business decisions.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

Are you on Wal-Mart's PR payroll, zstoltenberg? Because that's a mighty positive spin on a major downsizing.

Zachary Stoltenberg 5 years, 5 months ago

Nope, don't work for Walmart. I'm just a realist when it comes to common business practices. I recognize it's going to hurt a lot of families, etc. I'm just playing the Devil's Advocate. People like to get up in arms and point a finger at a company like Walmart, but don't recognize that they are doing the same thing every other company is in order to survive. Especially in this town, people seem to have some expectation that anyone who has been successful in business is somehow supposed to give away their fortunes. (search Fritzel on the threads) All I'm saying is it's not a move unique to this particular company and right now it is a sound business decision. Yes it's going to hurt, but people all over this country are hurting right now. How's that Hope and Change workin' for ya Bozo?

imastinker 5 years, 5 months ago

This is what happens when it is too expensive to keep people on the payroll. WalMart is under fire for keeping low hourly wages and no healthcare and part time - now they likely have less of those three things.

Bozo - you got what you wanted. I thought you'd be happy.

ivalueamerica 5 years, 5 months ago

One of the most interesting jobs some of the larger Walmarts has is a social worker who's job it is to help their employees apply for entitlements such as foodstamps, section 8 housting, medicare and other welfare programs.

They can do this because they keep their folks at poverty level, lower their hours enough not to provide benefits and then the 10 cents we save on a widget with them actually costs us 25 cents more in taxes for entitlement programs.

Zachary Stoltenberg 5 years, 5 months ago

Take it for what it's worth, I can already hear Bozo screaming propaganda but this is public information from their website. It's a study performed by an outside source. Sorry ivalueamerica, you're wrong.

http://walmartstores.com/download/3072.pdf

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

bp,

With 20% unemployment (if you include underemployed and those who have simply stopped looking), where are all of these great jobs?

Zachary Stoltenberg 5 years, 5 months ago

The fact remains that most of the people who work for Walmart either do so because they love working for the company, or no one else will hire them. I know that's a generalization but it's true a large part of the time. Few, if any, companies are willing to hire someone without a high school diploma, pay them at least minimum wage, and provide them and their dependents health insurance and other employee benefits. I have a master's degree and work in a salaried job and I pay more for my insurance and benefits than a Walmart employee does. So much for the big evil corporation who doesn't care. And yes, Agnostick, you may be right. The new marketing company may want a younger face, but there are very few companies that have made a commitment to the elderly and aging workforce like Walmart. In fact, of their 1.5 million employees, over 400,000 of them are over age 50. Those spouting off about Walmart screwing the country and trying to impoverish their workforce are doing just that... spouting off. These are baseless claims made on PAD logic and are unsupported by facts of any kind. In fact, when you look at Facts, Walmart actually looks pretty good. They have and will continue to have my business.

puddleglum 5 years, 5 months ago

I got what what I wanted!

Ding Dong the wicked witch is dead....well, almost. this is just a first step. Now maybe these former employees will stop spending their money at walmart and the cirlce will be complete.

Just think of all of those Chinese factories that are still making money, selling their junk to walmart....Soon, they will also be out of jobs.

HUZZAH!

puddleglum 5 years, 5 months ago

Darwin bless us!

Walmart spending record monies advertising and having the worst two years they ever had!

thankyou people for choosing to buy from responsible merchandisers.

SLOPOKE 5 years, 5 months ago

They just keep building those super stores so the the Big shots can keep those super, Bonus checks, "coming" at the expense of 11,200 hard working citizens!!! Same ole sh--, differant day..

RoeDapple 5 years, 5 months ago

http://walmartstores.com/factsnews/statebystate/State.aspx?st=KS

"As of January 2010, the average wage for regular, full-time hourly associates in Kansas is $11.26 per hour (Walmart Discount Stores, Supercenters, and Neighborhood Markets). Additionally, associates are eligible for performance-based bonuses."

Can anyone say and verify what the average wage for "regular,full-time hourly" employees in downtown Lawrence is?

And I also see plenty of items for sale downtown that are NOT made in USA

monkeyhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

"One of the most interesting jobs some of the larger Walmarts has is a social worker who's job it is to help their employees apply for entitlements such as foodstamps, section 8 housting, medicare and other welfare programs."

How disgraceful!!

ACORN does the same thing, except they are funded by me and anyone else who actually pays taxes. Got no problem with that, do ya?

Haven't you heard? SEIU has called the dogs off WalMart. Some people in Lawrence are so far behind the times...

"First Posted: 11-19-08. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is effectively shutting down its Wal-Mart watchdog group in order move its focus to larger more pressing legislative priorities, officials with the group say.

In the months and years following its founding, Wal-Mart Watch launched extensive campaigns designed to both shed light on, and facilitate change in, the retail giant's labor, health care, and environmental practices." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/19/union-to-close-wal-mart-w_n_145008.html

tomatogrower 5 years, 5 months ago

But few of their "associates" are full time. I earned a comfortable enough living many years ago at a job for 10 dollars an hour. So 11.26 is a 1.26 up from that, yet the last time I rented I paid $250/month, and that was for a house! Where does someone live now who make 11.26/hour?

puddleglum 5 years, 5 months ago

healthcare moocher: It is sad to see those who know nothing blaming their problems on other things. If you have a crappy job, do what you have to to get a better one. Don't blame Walmart and other like it because you did not start at the top of the food chain... ha. I make plenty. it is sad to see someone who assumes that everybody who blames an anti-U.S.A. corporation that is responsible for all of this IRE, didn't start at the top of the food chain. makes no difference where you started. like honeychild sez:

honeychild (Mel Briscoe) says…

walmart sucks.

yo go, girl.

monkeyhawks: One of the most interesting jobs some of the larger Walmarts has is a social worker who's job it is to help their employees apply for entitlements such as foodstamps, section 8 housting, medicare and other welfare programs.”

How disgraceful!!

ACORN does the same thing, except they are funded by me and anyone else who actually pays taxes. Got no problem with that, do ya?

no, that is what acorn was made for. Walmart was made for a few people to get rich, and virtually everyone else to be paid minimum wage.

I continue to boo any corporation that supports chinese infrastructure and chinese labor and chinese economy.

shop where you want. I won't stop you. I am for the u.s.a. and I hope you are too.

Janet Lowther 5 years, 5 months ago

I went to Sam's today to get some rice and pasta.

There was no one passing out samples.

As I understand it, the manufacturers provide the samples, and I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't pay a promotional fee on top of the goods.

The manufacturers cut way back the number of sampling promotions rather sharply in late '08 or early '09, and while it has recovered a bit, I doubt if there were really enough to justify organizing 'em in house.

I kind of liked some of those old ladies. I'll miss them.

RoeDapple 5 years, 5 months ago

tomatogrower - I totally agree, but would like to hear what wages are in comparison in downtown Lawrence..

Is there a site we can glean that info from, or employers from downtown who could enlighten us as to what the pay scale runs there?

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