Thread regarding Sears layoffs

Low volume Kmart

I work in a low volume store. Our revenue numbers have been consistent. No steep drops or spikes in the five years I have been here. I survived whatever culling other stores have experienced recently with Simple Store.

Are other stores seeing what I am seeing:

  1. Extreme thinning out of candy, dry grocery and pet supplies. No new planograms or resets so remaining product is stretched across. We have an entire aisle that has become one box of cereal faced six times on the shelf, repeated the entire side. Coolers are filled with gallons of spring water, liters of smart sense sparkling drinks, and Gatorade instead of dairy, cheese and lunchmeat. At registers, we don't have enough candy to fill slots so they remain empty. Management here has been told by the DM not to pull the candy racks out and replace with general merchandise AND not to reset areas that are missing product.

  2. Trucks are down to once a week and since last week of January, when patio came in on a full truck, there has not been a full truck.

  3. Spring apparel is being advertised in store circulars along with swimwear and we have none of it in the store. It's not in the backroom -- we have absolutely nothing back there, not even large pack furniture or patio sets.

  4. Winter apparel clearance is at 70 percent off but is not signed because "the store will look empty real fast" according to our DM. We are in retail to sell merchandise, not sit on it.

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I used to spend all my time unloading trucks or just putting out the over-abundance of merchandise we were sent. I never had time to help customers.

Now, I spend all my time moving things around so that the empty shelves look full because the vendors don't ship to us anymore. I never have time to help customers. Same song different key.

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6lbi, it makes no sense to leave shelves and displays empty or sparsely filled on purpose.

Winter apparel clearance is over and everything that was on clearance is full price again in our store. Just bizarre. Our softlines supervisor just shrugs her shoulders at it.

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If your a low volume store why would they ship your store additional items to sit on the shelf and collect dust. That is the same as buying groceries, pulling in the driveway and throwing them in he trash.

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Whoops! Meant to put $1.49 instead of $2.49

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I think that another reason that K-Mart is having sales numbers issues (besides the vendors pulling or stopping stock) is that their prices are VERY high compared to other grocery stores: $2.49 for a can of SpaghettiO's when other grocery stores typically have them for $0.99 as an everyday price!!

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Pantry is supposed to have convenience items that members would pick up so they don't have to make a separate trip to another store. The fact we can't be bothered to stock milk, eggs and bread -- and can barely get grocery items replenished -- says a lot about why our grocery sales are down. It has nothing to do with couponers clearing out shelves. It has nothing to do with food stamp scammers buying up all the Purina. It has a lot to do with this company not paying it's suppliers on time. A large number of KSNs in Dept. 33 have vendor problems, have been replaced with new private label items, or have been discontinued (SpaghettiOs and Oscar Meyer hot dogs -- seriously!!!???)

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Ummm ... I don't know that they are ... Going to make it to 2018.

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If Sears is not able to ramp up inventory for the fall and holiday season, how are they going to make it to 2018?

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This is very similar to what they did to us last year and then we were told in September that we were closing. If the DM doesn't seem to care about your store, and zeroing out the integrity doesn't get product in, you are likely on the chopping block for this year. Believe me, although the DMs lie and say they don't know which stores are closing, they know months and months in advance.

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Is the reduction in inventory done equally in all stores on only in stores about to close?

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The dairy cooler thing is so embarrassing. That's going on at my Kmart too. 4 coolers full of sparking water and one shelf with milk and eggs. It looks ridiculous!

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Haha haha at my full line Sears all the candy racks at the registers have been bare since December. $2.49 for a Reese's two pack when they were in stock.

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Okay, strange to intentionally leave shelves bare unless this DM thinks that candy deliveries will magically resume tomorrow.

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I wonder why the DM doesn't want you to fix the candy shelves or full in missing merchandise but wants to keep the winter clothing stocked now that spring is coming? Seems contradictory unless he/she intentionally wants the store to look bad.

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Sounds like the norm. Same here except we get to tiny trucks a week. A shell of what it was a year ago. Many positions being done away with and most likely many more to come.

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Every store will close at some point, but we are jam packed with patio and garden shop but no spring apparel... it's a strange sight. Our store has 10 years left on the lease and our rent is "pennies per square foot" according to our last store manager.

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Sounds like you're getting ready to close in the near future.

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