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LuptonInVirginia
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Virginia
USA
104 Posts

Posted - 01/29/2018 :  07:07:11 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I believe the thought behind Walmart doing this is because they think vendors are the biggest cause of theft in their stores and with this program they can watch us, know where we are, what we're doing, etc. I can't see how this program can possibly help their business and I can see how it could hamper them. Regardless, I doubt this will stick and I suspect there will be manufacturers and distributors who will want something done with their product in Walmarts and because they don't like the ones that are allowed in, for whatever reason, they'll hire people to do blind work. So we'll have to go into Walmart and sneak what we're doing.

Mark
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Joe C
Trainee

Sarasota, FL
USA
9 Posts

Posted - 01/29/2018 :  1:17:42 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by LuptonInVirginia

, they'll hire people to do blind work. So we'll have to go into Walmart and sneak what we're doing.



I have done this in the past with companies walmart would not allow in. Take pictures and even purchase product to prove it was out.
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Robert A. Miller
Star Contributor

PA
USA
400 Posts

Posted - 02/03/2018 :  1:40:13 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Wal Mart will never learn that cutting floor people will never work. Are you reps going to be responsible to report shoplifting too?
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Sue A
Star Contributor

USA
472 Posts

Posted - 02/04/2018 :  11:20:27 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Where I live Premium has been advertising for merchandisers for the past 3 weeks. They have called me 9 times. I keep telling them I'm not interested.

Sue A
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Bert M
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Charleston, SC
USA
115 Posts

Posted - 02/06/2018 :  4:12:18 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Be super specific with the screeners. I was mostly set to accept a position covering 3 Walmarts. Asked to speak to a DM who actually had done the work. The actual job only vaguely ressembled what the office screener described.

Roberta
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LuptonInVirginia
Valued Contributor

Virginia
USA
104 Posts

Posted - 03/11/2018 :  12:38:03 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I heard through another merchandiser that Walmart has now gone down to three merchandising companies. Anyone know if this is true?

Mark
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April2013
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USA
186 Posts

Posted - 03/16/2018 :  2:39:24 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I saw a Premium company person in there the other day, only one I've seen except Hallmark. I had a job in WM today servicing fabric area (not part of favored 5 companies), I had a letter of authorization, so they escorted me back to receiving and the receiver asked me what to do in that situation. I said I didn't know, she said she knows me from coming in there before so she let me have a badge. Glad that was my last trip.

A cashier told me that they are only getting about 4 hours a day. Her register was not working properly and it charged me twice for 2 items. She told someone about it, but they did nothing. I hope people check their slips. She said the store is getting more self-checkouts, I guess they are trying to force customers to use self-checkout. She had the only open register besides express, there was a line extending from her register clear back through the clothing. Finally someone in line yelled at a clerk to see if they could possibly get checkout help.
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RobertH
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Pinson, AL
USA
195 Posts

Posted - 03/19/2018 :  5:00:36 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by LuptonInVirginia

I heard through another merchandiser that Walmart has now gone down to three merchandising companies. Anyone know if this is true?



Not true...yet.

There are still five Preferred Vendor Partners calling on Walmart: Anderson, ACOSTA, Crossmark, SAS/Advantage and Premiere/Premium.

I have heard the rumors that they will reduce that number to three, and I have my suspicions as to which two will be cut and why, but, as this is Walmart we're talking about, who knows?

Robert
Over 30 years in the Field
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Stacey
Member

Bella Vista, AR
USA
13 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2018 :  08:50:32 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I'm hearing that Walmart is now allowing other service companies back into their stores, so long as they have an authorization letter. Anyone else hearing this?
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Sue A
Star Contributor

USA
472 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2018 :  2:52:50 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Stacey

I'm hearing that Walmart is now allowing other service companies back into their stores, so long as they have an authorization letter. Anyone else hearing this?



I have a couple of jobs putting up pop in July with a company that's not on Walmarts list. Our instructions are to make sure we sign in.
but didn't say anything about an authorization letter. I'll find out when I get my materials next week.

Sue A
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Dar-L
Star Contributor

USA
1031 Posts

Posted - 06/28/2018 :  11:14:47 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I used to work 10-14 hours a week in area Walmarts. When tasks were done I did my personal shopping. Averaged spending nearly $150 a week in one Walmart or another, but since they kicked my company out, NO LONGER.
Same money spent now at Walmart competitor stores.
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Dar-L
Star Contributor

USA
1031 Posts

Posted - 06/28/2018 :  11:26:36 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by RobertH

Sue-

Years ago, I had pretty much that exact same experience.

I was in a store and had my boxes of product loaded up in a shopping cart in the stockroom, ready to wheel it to the floor. An assistant manager stopped me and informed me that vendors could not use shopping carts, that the carts were "for the customers". I positioned myself so that he would see behind me many shopping carts that were filled with freight awaiting being rolled to the floor and asked him, "Are >ALL< carts for the customers?" and slowly turned my head towards the other carts. He saw where I was looking and turned around and stomped off...and I used the cart to wheel my product to the floor....



Couple years age we opened 2 new WM Neighborhood Markets here. During set up before customers were allowed, I went to entrance and found a "Rules" sign on door, saying setup merchandisers would be charged for using shopping carts during setup.

At the signin table I paid my $5 for using a cart and asked for a receipt. Submitted it to my DM, never was reimbursed.
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Stacey
Member

Bella Vista, AR
USA
13 Posts

Posted - 07/06/2018 :  08:24:06 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Thanks Sue. Would love to be able to do that kind of work in my area. Who was the work for in the stores?

Stacey
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Sue A
Star Contributor

USA
472 Posts

Posted - 07/06/2018 :  4:57:22 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Stacey

Thanks Sue. Would love to be able to do that kind of work in my area. Who was the work for in the stores?



Customer Impact- They mainly do mystery shopping, but they do have merchandising jobs every so often.
We did not have to have a authorization letter, we just had to sign in the vendor book, no problems.

Sue A
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LuptonInVirginia
Valued Contributor

Virginia
USA
104 Posts

Posted - 08/05/2018 :  7:18:38 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Typical of Walmart. They want you to jump through hoops for them but they want to make it as hard as possible.

Mark
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LuptonInVirginia
Valued Contributor

Virginia
USA
104 Posts

Posted - 11/28/2018 :  12:04:24 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Are there any updates on this? Is Walmart having any issues? Are they going to keep going with this? Are there still only five preferred companies?

Mark
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RobertH
Valued Contributor

Pinson, AL
USA
195 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2018 :  8:26:22 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Yes, Walmart is still going with the Preferred partner program.

In fact, the head of Walmart's merchandising division confirmed that via a video email message to the five companies about a month or so ago, in part saying that he anticipated "no changes" to the list of partners for the foreseeable future.

Are there issues?

Absolutely.

Some companies who have product on the shelves in Walmart lost their representation and have to rely completely on Walmart associates to ensure their product is in stock and on display. With predictable results.

As for the Partners themselves, each is trying to expand their client list and also figure out areas in which they can perform other-than-core merchandising duties such as audits and resets. It's ultra-competitive, as you might imagine.

Finally, Walmart is expanding their use of technology greatly, and that is bound to have some impact on vendors, though a larger impact, I'd suspect, on their employees. One of my stores has a robot that scans the shelves in grocery twice a day, noting out of stocks and compiling lists of products that need to be stocked. It was far buggier when it was first rolled out some months back, but its still having some issues, mainly with recognizing product that is mis-stocked and so its lists are still having to be verified.

Robert
Over 30 years in the Field
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Robert A. Miller
Star Contributor

PA
USA
400 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2018 :  8:48:00 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Can't the robot distinguish between a spool of yarn and a box of Fruit Loops?
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Robert A. Miller
Star Contributor

PA
USA
400 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2018 :  8:55:27 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Can't the robot distinguish between a spool of yarn and a box of Fruit Loops?
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RobertH
Valued Contributor

Pinson, AL
USA
195 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2019 :  4:20:16 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert A. Miller

Can't the robot distinguish between a spool of yarn and a box of Fruit Loops?



In essence, no, but that's not what its purpose is, or, at least not yet.

It takes very hi-res photos of each 4' section as it makes its way down the aisles. to the robot, it really doesn't matter what's in the sections just so long as the photos capture the sections exactly as they are and that they are detailed enough for their software that knows what should be in a particular spot on the POG compared to what is (or isn't) in that particular spot on the POG. Once the software has done its thing, the next step is for the store personnel to analyze the reports and put the recommendations into action.

Robert
Over 30 years in the Field
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