(REUTERS/Joshua Lott) The new 142,000 square foot Wal-Mart is seen hours before the grand opening in Chicago, September 27, 2006.
Wal-Mart is making a major change to many of its stores.
Even though the retailer is known for being a 24-hour store, roughly 40 of its 24-hour supercenters will close for a few hours a night, Bloomberg reports.
"It’s something that is monitored in terms of customer shopping habits, and when we monitor customer shopping habits ... we see peak shopping hours are during the daytime and early evening hours," Brian Nick, Wal-Mart's director of media relations, explained to Business Insider. "Closing the store for … a few hours during the night does provide us an opportunity to reallocate resources and get the store in the kind of condition we want for customers when they’re shopping our stores most frequently."
In 2013, Bloomberg reported that customers were choosing to skip shopping at Wal-Mart for other supercenters, like Target and Costco, because shelves were not stocked.
This decision may or may not greatly affect the employees who had been working the overnight shift.
"Associates currently working overnight in a position that would no longer be needed will in many cases be offered a position within the store," Nick said to Business Insider. "And second that would be the potential to be transferred to a nearby store, and if those two options weren't chosen — then if an associated decide just on their own tenure or timing or anything like that they wanted to choose severance, severance is available to full-time associates who have been working for the company for a year." He said he expected most associates to be transferred.
Nick told Business Insider this change is something there will be more of throughout Wal-Mart supercenters.
Wal-Mart has been making several changes as of late. The company recently made an attempt to shake its image as a low-paying retailer by promising to raise all of its employees wages to $10 — at minimum — by February 2016. Additionally, Wal-Mart has been implementing high-quality produce departments, to the point the retailer could rival Trader Joe's and Whole Foods as a grocer.
The company is also stepping up its register game by testing a new barcode-scanning technology service to eviscerate long lines.
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A Gofundme page has been set up by the friend of a longtime Walmart Worker who is about to lose his apartment and car because of refusal to fix technical errors made by human resources.
So back in December 2014 a very dear friend of mine started to get sick. He was getting infections once sometime twice a month. Finally in April 2015 he woke up having a hard time breathing and his inhaler wasn't working. So he was rushed to the ER and the Doctors told him his tonsils had swollen to the size of a grapefruit. So After two weeks on some strong antibiotics they found out that it is tonsillitis and he would need surgery.
Now he has worked for Walmart for over 5 years. He's been a hard worker always smiled and helped anyone out that needed it.
He is a wonderfully kind man, and a father of two kids. So you would think that a company like Walmart, who "Prides" themselves on saving you money so you can live better, would want a wonderful person like that to work for them. Turns out that in May of 2015 when he filed for a medical leave of absents to start on the 22nd of June 2015, they decided to screw him over. Like I said he is a single father so he doesn't have a lot of income. So when he filed to take a medical leave in June they messed up and started the medical leave on May 15th of 2015 instead of June 22nd of 2015.
Now when they did this it wiped his out of the schedule and no longer would let him clock into his shift. The higher ups said that its too bad but they wont let him work if the system says that he isn't working that day.
So he fought with Walmart and Sedgwich (the 3rd party company that deals with medical leaves for Walmart) and finally the beginning of June they fixed the leave. He had missed two weeks of work and lost an entire paycheck because of it. So on June 4th the next day he was scheduled to work he went in and they mangers told him that they are over hours so they are not going to let him work after all. Now they say he cant work until after his surgery and after the doctors give him an ok to go back to work. He will be out of work for two an a half months by then. Walmart wont let him work so he is out of money and cant pay rent or electric. He has already sold Everything of any value he had.
I guess that $900 a month that he makes is just to much for a store that makes of over 200,000 a day
On July 9th the doctors released him to go back to work. On the same day he took the paperwork down to the store so they could file it. He was told that someone would call him tomorrow with his schudle. Turns out They have no hours for him to work untill August 8th. Now because of walmarts selfish and greedy ways they have stopped this man from making any income from May 15th to August 8th. Almost three months of no pay. Come August 1st. with no rent and now money to pay back a car loan he receved to pay his rent in July, he will lose his apartment and car.
So please if you have even one dollar to donate I beg you to. This hardworking father of two SHOULD not be punished because Walmart wants to keep a few extra dollars.
If you want to make a donation and help this Walmart Worker click here.
Video captured a stunning display of patriotism as a local choir group sang the national anthem at a Tennessee Walmart store.
In the video, three men start to sing the "Star Spangled Banner" near the check-out line at the Walmart location in Spring Hill, Tenn. More people joined in on the singing, resulting in a rousing patriotic performance, according to WKRN.
The video, captured by WKRN viewer Holly Redfern, was shared to the station's Facebook page. Tammy Daugherty Ver Steeg said that the local choir group Spring Hill HarMonix was responsible for the performance.
"We just wanted to go around our sweet little town and bring a smile to people's faces," Ver Steeg wrote on Facebook. "We also wanted to honor those fallen soldiers in Chattanooga. They were gunned down in public, and we honored them in public. America is a great country and we're proud to live here!! Amy Hall is the director."
Spring Hill HarMonix describes themselves as "a diverse choir of all ages and various styles but [with] one goal; make good music and have fun doing it."
It looks like Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling have something in common. (Other than being incredibly hot, of course.)
Just weeks after Gosling fired off an angry letter to Costco and took a stand against the retail giant for selling eggs produced by caged chickens, Pitt has now done the same.
In Pitt's letter to Costco's CEO Craig Jelinek, he wrote, "As you know, these birds producing eggs for your shelves are crammed five or more into cages that are not large enough for even one hen to spread her wings."
"In these cruel cages, the animals' muscles and bones atrophy from years of immobilization. That's why the cages are illegal in most of Europe, and why California banned the cages by an overwhelming vote years ago," the Fury star added. "In short, cramming hens into cages for their entire lives constitutes cruelty to animals, and animals deserve better. As you know, many major corporations, from Burger King to Unilever, are getting rid of cages—and Whole Foods hasn’t sold eggs from caged hens in years."
"I admire Costco's many positive social commitments," Pitt noted. "You've shown great courage and integrity on a range of issues. Won't you please extend that sensibility—and basic decency—to chickens? Please, will you set a reasonable timeframe to stop selling eggs from caged hens?"
Costco first announced plans to move towards cage-free eggs back in 2007, but the company has yet to set a timeline for that goal.
The Associated Press reports that in a statement from June, the company wrote there are "vigorous debates about animal welfare and laying hens. Some, such as the Humane Society, advocate that hens be 'cage free,' and not confined in cages. Some advocate that cages are safer for hens."
While it remains to be seen if Pitt and Gosling have motivated the company to move towards cage-free eggs, Pitt did say he looks forward to a response.
July 14 (Reuters) - A Wal-Mart Stores Inc employee sued the retailer on Tuesday, saying its prior policy of denying health insurance benefits to the spouses of gay employees violated gender discrimination laws.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston, seeks nationwide class-action status.
Wal-Mart, the largest private U.S. employer, began offering health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses last year, after the Supreme Court in 2013 struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to married gay couples.
Jackie Cote, an office manager who has worked at Walmart stores in Maine and Massachusetts since 1999, said in the lawsuit that her wife, Diana Smithson, developed cancer in 2012 and that the denial of insurance led to $150,000 in medical debt, hampering her recovery.
Cote and Smithson were married in Massachusetts in 2004, the same year a court ruling made the state the first in the country to allow gay nuptials.
Smithson worked for Wal-Mart until 2008, when she left to care for Cote's elderly mother, according to the lawsuit. The company then repeatedly denied requests by Cote to add her wife to her insurance policy.
When Cote brought her claims to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Wal-Mart said federal anti-discrimination laws did not apply to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, so it did not have to offer benefits to their spouses.
Cote's lawsuit called the policy a form of gender discrimination because the wife of a male employee would receive health insurance, and even after the 2014 change, Wal-Mart workers still live with the uncertainty of losing spousal coverage.
"Benefits provided by Wal-Mart as a matter of grace ... are not secure and could potentially be withdrawn just when large health care costs are incurred," the lawsuit says.
A Wal-Mart spokesman declined to comment except to say its benefits coverage before the 2014 change was legal.
Cote is represented by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. The rights group is seeking to certify a nationwide class of current and former gay Wal-Mart employees who were legally married before 2014, when the company began covering same-sex spouses.
The Supreme Court last month said the U.S. Constitution provided same-sex couples the right to marry, making their marriages legal in all 50 states.
The case is Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, case number 15-cv-12945. (Reporting by Daniel Wiessner in Albany, New York; Editing by Alexia Garamfalvi and Lisa Von Ahn)
BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — Investigators were working Monday to identify a man who took more than $75,000 from an Oklahoma Wal-Mart after disguising himself as an armored truck driver.
Bristow Police Chief Wayne Williams said authorities in northeast Oklahoma have received some anonymous tips about the identity of the man whose image was captured by a video surveillance camera.
"We've got some calls out on it, but nothing yet," Williams said. He said officials do not believe the suspect lives in the area.
Authorities say the suspect entered the Wal-Mart store in Bristow about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, walked to the cash office, signed for the deposit and walked out of the store. He drove away in a dark four-door Chevrolet.
"He came to the Wal-Mart kind of dressed like a Loomis armored car driver," Williams said. Wal-Mart employees called police after the real Loomis employee arrived about 45 minutes later. Bristow is about 35 miles southwest of Tulsa.
Williams said Wal-Mart has alerted its other stores about the theft and his department has notified other law enforcement agencies.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokeswoman Betsy Harden said she wasn't aware of any similar incidents involving other Wal-Mart stores.
"Obviously, it's an ongoing investigation," Harden said. She declined to comment on whether the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company plans to alter its policy on verifying the identity of workers who transport its cash deposits.
Williams said investigators have no evidence the suspect may have once worked for an armored transportation service and was familiar with its procedures.
"It's not something we suspect. It's a possibility," Williams said.
Loomis spokesman Danny Pack declined to comment on the case.