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Old 06-19-2020, 07:19 AM
 
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AWS is not killing Walmart, it's a completely separate business. Walmart is doing just fine. The Walmart app is really good, fast delivery, cheaper prices than Amazon and less price fluctuations. Your article even states revenue was up YoY, net income was down which can be due to many factors.

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I don't think people account for all the Wal-Mart's in rural areas that would not be cost effective for Amazon to enter. Sure, things could change in 30 years, but for right now, Wal-Mart is doing just fine.

When you live in metropolitan areas that have options, of course Wal-Mart looks cheap and dated. However, there's a lot of areas that will not support Amazon E-commerce, at the moment. I shop for some things on Amazon that aren't readily available locally, but I typically don't buy from Amazon if I can buy it locally for nearly the same price.

Wal-Mart's grocery pickup is far more effective than people realize. My local Wal-Mart is packed M-F @ 5PM with parents doing grocery pickup after work. It's been a positive for Wal-mart overall.

I still say their website is better than it was in 2013. I'm able to search the website for what I need easily. I typically search Amazon and then compare the price on Wal-Mart's website.
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Old 06-19-2020, 07:42 AM
 
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Three words: Universal Basic Income ($1,000 a month) for all citizens making less then $75,000 a year or $100,000 a year in higher COL areas like the Tri-State area or San Francisco Bay area.
It's pointless without "Universal Health Care"
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Old 06-19-2020, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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No. Most people can’t wait a day or even half a day for something to show up at their door. They need to go to the store so they can get it NOW so they can work on the project around their house that weekend of bake that birthday cake for later that afternoon.
Planning. Most people planning a birthday party, would order the ingredients for the cake more then a day in advance, maybe even a week in advance. If you are running to the store to buy a cake mix to make that same afternoon, you are seriously disorganized, or you forgot somebody's birthday. LOL.

But even using your scenario, online shopping would work fine. Assuming it was Friday, you would order the cake mix online. It would be delivered later that day. You would bake the cake as soon as it arrives, and it would be ready for the weekend.
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Old 06-19-2020, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I don't think grocery stores will ever completely close down. Many people like picking out their own produce & meats.
Likely that will be done with virtual shopping in the future. You will see a live image of the display case. You will tap on the screen to select what you want and a robot will grab it for you and drop it in a package with your name and address on it.

It's coming. You can drag your feet and try to delay it, but it's still going to happen. There will be no brick and mortar stores in the future.
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Old 06-19-2020, 07:59 AM
 
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I agree that many cashiers are slower than I would like. I agree that many customers on the check out line act as if this were their first time in a supermarket. Despite all this I still use the cashier because I realize that many of the workers are doing their best and won't be able to find another job. I consider it my neighborhood and I want to keep as many jobs as possible, at all levels.

So, it takes me a few extra minutes to check out. While I value my time, I consider it small change compared to cashiers loosing their jobs. Relatively unskilled work - hard to find. But important to the worker. Helping people keep their jobs is very important to me.

Remember - we're all in this together. Or at least I thought we were.
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Old 06-19-2020, 09:44 AM
 
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You have to be organized to shop in a store, not online. You have to figure out everything you need, when you need it, and make sure you don't forget anything when you go.

With online shopping you just click buttons for what you need, as you need it.

If it was so damn hard and expensive to buy groceries online, I would never step foot in another store.

You cannot try on clothes and shoes when shopping online. You used to be able to when shopping in a store.
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Old 06-19-2020, 09:49 AM
 
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A lot of people grocery shop at walmart. I think people who do that really prefer NOT to have people doing their grocery shopping for them. Most people I know who do that are not satisfied with the results. You might look for a specific type of fruit in terms of ripeness level, want to get a specific weight of meat, look for the latest expiration dates, etc.
Right. Plus, people like to look over clearance sections for deals.
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Old 06-19-2020, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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You cannot try on clothes and shoes when shopping online. You used to be able to when shopping in a store.
There have been a number of attempts at 'virtual try ons' but unless you're talking Uniqlo, sizing is so inconsistent they're pretty worthless because you can have two different pairs of what are allegedly the same cut and style of pants with a size 32 waist and one of them will have a 31 waist and the other one will have a 33 waist.

And the majority of 'fast fashion' brands aren't going to pay factories to make sure every 32 waist pant is actually a 32 waist.
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Old 06-19-2020, 10:26 AM
 
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I hope you're right, but Walmart is the fifteenth largest company in the world. I think there's a lot of traction still. I don't think Amazon can compete with them IRT groceries. Is it whole foods amazon bought? Still pricey. And the masses don't have money to burn. However, the rest of what they sell is crapola.

I've known people who worked at walmart, and it's a complete nightmare, right down to assistant store managers wishing they could break their own leg to not have to come into work. I kid you not. It's the worst I've ever heard of. Plus, for lower-level workers, to get the extra buck an hour, you have to argue with your manager for the time to complete the computer work necessary. Moreover, that computer work is useless, as is the videos they make all new hires watch (basically propaganda).

As far as shopping there, I've been using their free curbside pickup by shopping online. I don't go in at all. There's only one other store in my area that doesn't charge for pickup, but you have to be 60+ to get that, and I'm sure it will disappear once the pandemic is over...or lessened.

PS: Walmart bananas arrive very green (inedible) in the US and go to a massive warehouse(s?), and hang from the ceiling in long bunches to the floor under lights to ripen. The former manager told me it's bananas as far as the eye can see...rows and rows. It's a big secret, and the assistant store managers learn of it during training, and are told not to tell anyone. Supposedly American's would be angry. (I'm not sure why...but it's an interesting story).


Lastly, I don't don't get the idea of social interaction needs from cashiers? I'm friendly enough with them, but I don't need nor want it...it just "is". I socialize elsewhere.
I worked at four different Walmarts. The customers were usually okay. There were some bad ones. I never had a customer complain against me. I kept getting fired because I got sick so much. The managers were mostly awful and abusive. At one I kept straightening up the underwear and the customers would come along and mess it up again. The manager kept cussing me out in front of the customers telling me how lazy and such I was for not keeping the underwear straight. It was during Christmas shopping time frame and the underwear was popular. I sometimes broke down crying afterwards and the customers would be hugging on me trying to cheer me up after the manager would leave. It was humiliating. If it weren't for the management and my getting sick much of the time it would've been a great job to me.
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Old 06-19-2020, 10:29 AM
 
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There have been a number of attempts at 'virtual try ons' but unless you're talking Uniqlo, sizing is so inconsistent they're pretty worthless because you can have two different pairs of what are allegedly the same cut and style of pants with a size 32 waist and one of them will have a 31 waist and the other one will have a 33 waist.

And the majority of 'fast fashion' brands aren't going to pay factories to make sure every 32 waist pant is actually a 32 waist.
Yes, I have had two shirts of the same brand and style before supposedly the same size and one shirt would be too small.

Facebook marketplace around here has a lot of clothes on it where the person bought the clothes, without being able to try it on first, and the item didn't fit. Stores don't allow return of clothes. So, you can lose a lot of money trying to find clothes that fit right now.
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