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  • 24 Sad Photos Of Wal-Mart Doing It Wrong

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    Wal-Mart is America's largest retailer.
    But as the American economy declines, Wal-Mart does too.
    Brian Sozzi at Belus Capital Advisors recently took a series of photos that he says illustrate how understaffed Wal-Mart locations have become.
    "What spurred this investigation?" asked Sozzi. "On Wal-Mart’s recent analyst day, it was shared that the bottom 10% of its U.S. stores (300 or so) were producing a same-store sales result of -7.5%. Umm, wow?!"
    Wal-Mart's workforce has fallen by 120,000 since 2008, and during the same time the company has added several hundred locations, Bloomberg reports.
    "To drive an impulse item that could help profit margins don’t you need to have the product in stock to lure in the eye?" Sozzi asks:
    Cooler wal-mart
    "When was the last time you went to a supermarket and veggies and frozen meat were not in stock?" Sozzi asks. "Supermarkets may not offer everything, but they do what they do quite well: offer customers trust that product will be there when they want it."
    Fruit wal-mart empty shelves
    These shelves are totally empty.
    wal-mart empty shelves
    "Notice it’s the “Great Value” Wal-Mart private label out of stock….there is an economic message here as well," Sozzi writes.
    Food wal-mart empty shelves
    "A national brand out of stock in Hanes seems weird," Sozzi writes.
    Underwear wal-mart empty shelves
    These napkin shelves are semi-empty:
    Paper Goods wal-mart empty shelves
    So is the Charmin display:
    Paper Goods wal-mart empty shelves
    The coffee section isn't stocked:
    Food wal-mart empty shelves
    Page 2 of 3 - "Associates are not emotionally connected to Wal-Mart’s brand, meaning an unwillingness to go above and beyond to execute for the benefit of customers," Sozzi says.
    Water wal-mart empty shelves
    "Retail is detail…so why is that cereal box upside down?" Sozzi asks.
    Food wal-mart empty shelves
    This display is also lacking:
    Sauce wal-mart empty shelves
    "One golden rule of supermarket retailing: be in stock on spices," Sozzi writes.
    Spices wal-mart empty shelves
    The rice display isn't properly stocked, even though it looks like an employee moved some boxes to the front:
    Rice wal-mart empty shelves
    This marketing material is wasted by being in the front of the store where no one will see it, Sozzi said:
    Online Promo wal-mart empty shelves
    This rogue cart makes the aisle look messy:
    Boxes wal-mart empty shelves
    These boxes obstruct shelves for customers:
    Boxes wal-mart empty shelves
    Those shopping for baby gear can't even look at the display:
    Shopping Basket wal-mart empty shelves
    Baby clothes wal-mart empty shelves
    Page 3 of 3 - Store displays are a mess:
    Basket wal-mart empty shelves
    The shoe department shows a lack of organization:
    Table wal-mart empty shelves
    Men's pants are difficult to get to:
    wal-mart empty shelves
    Here's an abandoned clothing rack:
    Clothes wal-mart empty shelves
    "Not only are these apples sitting in the water section, but they were soft to the touch (look at the dent in the middle one)…suggesting they have been sitting for a while," Sozzi writes.
    Apples wal-mart empty shelves
    "Wal-Mart’s old school motto: 'stack it high and watch it fly!'" Sozzi notes. "Apparent new motto: “drop it low so it sells slow."
    wal-mart empty shelves
    The bottom line, according to Sozzi?
    "Associates are not emotionally connected to Wal-Mart’s brand, meaning an unwillingness to go above and beyond to execute for the benefit of customers," he writes. "The company is not keeping pace with Wal-Mart’s desire to end the careers of traditional supermarkets while continuing to aggressively open supercenters.
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