THE FOLLOWING IS AN EDITORIAL.
Since my previous post on the subject, I've been asked how things are going at my local Walmart, Store #02022.
Before I answer that, please let me clarify a few things.
1. I have never been nor am currently a Walmart employee. I did work in the retail industry for well over 20 years before my heart and other health problems "took me out of the game," so I do have some experience in regards to how things should be concerning store operations.
2. I am not "picking on" this location specifically. Store #02022 just happens to be the closest Walmart to where I call home.
3. Despite its convenience, I am not within that store every day or even every week. Hence the time gaps between posts.
With the above out of the way, let me proudly say that things HAVE improved at Store #02022, to a point.
To the best of my knowledge there has been no mess in the Deli since my previous visit and the shocking picture of what someone left behind.
Despite having to work on it during store hours, the employees are still using carts to distribute merchandise on the selling floor in the never ending battle to attempt keeping inventory on the shelves.
HOWEVER SOMEONE IS STILL AUTHORIZING LEAVING PALLETS OF MERCHANDISE ON THE SELLING FLOOR TOO, WHICH IS A SAFETY RISK TO CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES ALIKE!
While it must have been either a slow day or a small truck, the first two photos are of merchandise in their usual staging area, the back aisle bordering the Books/Magazines along the Arts and Crafts Department.
|Magazine Aisle, Photo 1|
My visit was mid-afternoon on August 19, 2022.
The top photo is the view from the end of the Magazine aisle itself.
The second photo below is from the opposite side.
And yes, the first photo does show not only a couple of boxes askew, but someone walking right past them too.
I have absolutely no idea who that person is or what their connection, if any, to the situation might be but there is no point in denying what is obvious within the picture.
The last photo below is of the Layaway Department. Considering it's closed until sometime after Labor Day at the latest, the merchandise displays along the two walls and in front of the counter (behind the stacks of gray tubs) are nothing new.
The pallet of merchandise in front of the displays is, especially considering I took this photo from the entrance to the Restroom Area, as indicated by the little sign in the distant right of the picture.
Overall better than in the past but still far from an ideal situation in regards to safety and customer relations.
Hopefully in time...
Lee Houston, Junior
Editor-In-Chief, The Free Choice E-zine
22 August, 2022
THE ABOVE WAS AN EDITORIAL.