MAY 2, 2019 WALMART WILL BE IMPLEMENTING A NEW IN-STORE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE
It appears that Walmart will attempt to do more with less — implementing a program called “Great Workplace” laying off mid-level managers (assistant managers, department managers) and and pushing decision-making authorization ability to lower-level employees. The company is also exploring automation to sweep floors and take inventory.
Under the new regime of “fewer workers, more work,” we will see store managers with around a half-dozen "Business Leads" under them managing finances and hiring directives. Those supervisors will have "Team Leads" who will supervise groups of eight to 10 front-line employees.
MARCH 31, 2019 — WALMART QUIETLY CLOSING GROCERY STORES.
Walmart has confirmed that the company is closing at least 11 US stores across the United States.
The stores closures include one Walmart Supercenter in Lafayette, Louisiana, and several smaller Walmart Neighborhood Market stores in Arizona, California, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.
The closing date for most of the affected stores is said to be targeted for April 19, 2019.
Walmart Optical Lab in Fayetteville, North Carolina has announced the layoff of 150 employees. The corporate-speak statement noted, “In response to changing business needs, we are making adjustments at our Walmart Optical Lab in Fayetteville to help ensure we have the right people in the right place at the right time. We are committed to helping the associates impacted by this decision take advantage of new opportunities and are hopeful that we will be able to help many of the associates find other roles at nearby Walmart stores or Sam’s Clubs.”
In a similar move Walmart Optical Lab in Crawfordsville, Indiana laid off 108 employees. The corporate-speak statement noted, “In response to changing business needs, we are making adjustments at our Walmart Optical Labs in Crawfordsville to help ensure we have the right people in the right place at the right time,” a Walmart spokesman told RTV6 in an email. “We are committed to helping the associates impacted by this decision take advantage of new opportunities and are hopeful that we will be able to help many of the associates find other roles at Walmart stores or Sam’s Clubs.”
Walmart operated three optical centers (Dallas, Texas, Crawfordsville, Indiana, and Fayetteville, North Carolina) which serve all of the Walmart stores with optical centers. Prescription eyeglasses are the only product that Walmart manufactures, start-to-finish, in-house.
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