Wal-Mart cuts back on greeters
The retail behemoth has been phasing out greeters on the late-night shift at its 3,000-plus US supercenters.
By Karen Datko Jan 25, 2012
When you go to Wally World late at night, don't expect to hear "Welcome to Wal-Mart" when you walk through the door.
The nation's largest private employer has been eliminating greeters on the 10 p.m.-to-7 a.m. shift at its 3,000-plus supercenters over the last six months, "chipping away at a 30-year tradition of making sure all shoppers are welcomed to the store," Bloomberg reports. Most supercenters are open 24 hours a day.
Cost cutting has much to do with this. "Same-store sales at Wal-Mart's namesake U.S. locations declined for nine straight quarters before snapping the streak with a 1.3% gain for the quarter ended in October," Bloomberg says.
The greeters have been moved to other jobs, like stocking shelves.
Greeters have been a fixture and the face of Wal-Mart for many years, but I'm betting that some of those greeters welcome the change. A greeter has what's probably one of the toughest jobs in the store -- being on your feet all day, blasted by outside heat and cold through the open doors, and saying the same thing over and over again.
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