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Walmart is abruptly closing 63 Sam's Club stores and laying off thousands of workers
http://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-suddenly-closes-sams-club-stores-2018-1

*There's a list the affected stores at the bottom of the article.

The competitors like Amazon and Costco are not easy to beat-- despite buying out Jet.com .
http://fortune.com/2016/09/20/walmart-acquisition-jetcom/

"Ten of the closed stores will be turned into e-commerce distribution centers. " I guess they will be focusing on online purchases.






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Before reading the links:

I'm not the least bit surprised. During the last few years or so, Walmart has been shutting down many of their big stores in favor of small ones that are meant to compete with small chains and local markets. During their store boom in the early 2000's, Walmart overestimated their stores' pull and ended up with many large stores that hardly have customers. I imagine they've had the same kinds of problems with their Sam's Clubs. I expect mini-Sam's popping up sometime soon, or something.


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Called it. Oh, and the stores are the perfect size for distribution centers. With FedEx slowing down on building theirs, I suppose this will be pretty good job opportunities for us mechanics, electricians, engineers, and whatnot. Hell, I might get to work on one or two of them, myself.
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The closings came on the same day Walmart announced plans to raise starting hourly wages to $11, expand employee benefits, and offer workers bonuses of up to $1,000.


What really stings is Walmart is trying to take some pressure off theses abrupt closures without notifying the employees by doing a PR spin with the tax cuts.
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The closings came on the same day Walmart announced plans to raise starting hourly wages to $11, expand employee benefits, and offer workers bonuses of up to $1,000.


What really stings is Walmart is trying to take some pressure off theses closures,but doing a PR spin with the tax cuts.


I'm pretty sure this is all because of amazon and e-shopping. When you can buy in bulk cheaper online and have it delivered to your door then Sam's club and its subscription fee looks a bit less appealing. Although looking from the closings in my state they are closing locations in dead cities or in cities where they have multiple stores and tons of competitors, maybe its a bad spot in that city.
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danagram wrote:


The closings came on the same day Walmart announced plans to raise starting hourly wages to $11, expand employee benefits, and offer workers bonuses of up to $1,000.


What really stings is Walmart is trying to take some pressure off theses closures,but doing a PR spin with the tax cuts.


I'm pretty sure this is all because of amazon and e-shopping. When you can buy in bulk cheaper online and have it delivered to your door then Sam's club and its subscription fee looks a bit less appealing. Although looking from the closings in my state they are closing locations in dead cities or in cities where they have multiple stores and tons of competitors, maybe its a bad spot in that city.


I wasn't clear enoug as I was referring to the closing the stores abruptly without giving prior notice to employees.
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It may have been "without notice" to the general public, but you generally don't work for a store that closes suddenly and not know the axe is coming down months or years before it happens.
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It may have been "without notice" to the general public, but you generally don't work for a store that closes suddenly and not know the axe is coming down months or years before it happens.



In some cases, employees were not told their store had closed before showing up to work on Thursday. Those employees learned their store would be closing when they found the store's doors locked and a notice announcing the closing, Sam's Club workers told Business Insider. At some stores, employees were turned away by police officers.



Some Sam's Club employees were informed of the closings via notices that were sent through FedEx on Thursday.

"FedEx showed up at my door with a package from Sam's Club and I was thinking that maybe it was my W-2," Nic Townsend, an employee of a Sacramento, California Sam's Club, told Business Insider. "It was a letter saying they are closing down... I'm unsure of what to do I have a baby and a mentally sick mother. I'm lost. I'm heartbroken. I'm scared."



Sounds to me like the employees didn't know that Walmart was closing their store.


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It may have been "without notice" to the general public, but you generally don't work for a store that closes suddenly and not know the axe is coming down months or years before it happens.


Do not agree with that at all. A boss may have a couple months heads up but a worker may have a week or two at most before knowing. I've been through it. Sometimes its to make sure that people actually work cos once you know your job is gone your motivation also goes
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It may have been "without notice" to the general public, but you generally don't work for a store that closes suddenly and not know the axe is coming down months or years before it happens.


You never worked in "at will" states aren't you

It's safe to file for unemployment when you got the notice and start job searching. Be sure to call in to claim every 2 weeks.
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gornotck wrote:

It may have been "without notice" to the general public, but you generally don't work for a store that closes suddenly and not know the axe is coming down months or years before it happens.


You never worked in "at will" states aren't you

It's safe to file for unemployment when you got the notice and start job searching. Be sure to call in to claim every 2 weeks.


It's more correct to say that I've never worked in any state that isn't "at will". I just forget how blissfully ignorant most people are of their surroundings and situations.
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there's also a cause and effect here, raise it up a buck for pay raise to the employees, count the losses and close stores and lay off people. they've done this once before when they were under the ten buck pay hike and the stocks nearly broke and they almost went bankrupt. since they are non union nothing can be said or done about their hiring and firing. when working for them, sure it's great as are the benefits, but you don't get 40 hours a work week, nor do you get health benefits and when they do this or just lay off in general your goose is pretty much cooked. good luck competing with the other folks including bots these days.

just one more moment where American dreams are being crushed because they can't hold onto jobs (whereas some cases it's not their fault)...
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gornotck wrote:


dulun18 wrote:


gornotck wrote:

It may have been "without notice" to the general public, but you generally don't work for a store that closes suddenly and not know the axe is coming down months or years before it happens.


You never worked in "at will" states aren't you

It's safe to file for unemployment when you got the notice and start job searching. Be sure to call in to claim every 2 weeks.


It's more correct to say that I've never worked in any state that isn't "at will". I just forget how blissfully ignorant most people are of their surroundings and situations.


You didn't even read the article before ranting off... Arrogance Is Bliss?


anyway..


@OP it's on the local news as well

Sam’s Club closures to affect Valley stores
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Qzbo-3Pxg

The reason for all this is pretty clear. This is just Wal-mart raising the minimum wage to $11/hr. .Wait until it's $15/hr.

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@OP it's on the local news as well

Sam’s Club closures to affect Valley stores
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Qzbo-3Pxg

The reason for all this is pretty clear. This is just Wal-mart raising the minimum wage to $11/hr. .Wait until it's $15/hr.



I would say the guy is one of the fortunate few -- to get months notice. It's common courtesy around to give 2 week notice but they often will not do it. A co-worker of mind put i his 2 week notice on the weekend, they told him not to come to work on Monday. That was it.

2018-2020 will be the period where you will see the effect of $15 minimum wage. Management will not take a salary cut so they will squeeze the ant workers even tighter.

medical insurance is required? no problem! They will offer 1 or 2 medical plan for the employees at a discounted rate with the highest possible yearly deductible. You still have to pay for the medical insurance with your own money.

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I'm not surprised. When I was younger Sam's club actually offered pretty decent discounts on products for members. However, in the last few years I noticed that the prices were no longer that good of a deal so I canceled my membership.

It's strange that their competitor Costco has been able to pay decent wages, provide health insurance and still keep prices low, they succeeded where Walmart failed. I guess the Walmart run model couldn't compete effectively in the wholesale club market and this is the result, feel bad for the employees of course.
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I'm not surprised. When I was younger Sam's club actually offered pretty decent discounts on products for members. However, in the last few years I noticed that the prices were no longer that good of a deal so I canceled my membership.

It's strange that their competitor Costco has been able to pay decent wages, provide health insurance and still keep prices low, they succeeded where Walmart failed. I guess the Walmart run model couldn't compete effectively in the wholesale club market and this is the result, feel bad for the employees of course.


This is why Costco works while Sams Club failed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cysRawnadPc


them free samples are great you can go in hungry and leave full
I just shopping at Costco was better then Sams club
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