posted on Mar, 15 2020 @ 12:33 PM
a reply to: dragonridr
I pulled some loads for WalMart back in my trucking days. Most stores get two loads per day, and more can be scheduled if needed. Inventory is
automated; every time you scan an item at checkout, it is deducted form the store inventory database and an algorithm determines if more stock is
needed. If so, that request is automatically transmitted to the warehouse and come up on a loader's terminal. He/she then loads the product into the
next truck scheduled.
No one touches the inventory list. Store managers can request additional inventory, but it's usually not needed. It's all automated, and the
algorithms will detect a run on supplies and increase stock. As long as there are factories making the product, WalMart will not run out for long.
On the other hand, there are only so many people there at the store to stock shelves. If the checkout lines are long, some of them will be pulled to
checkout, leaving less people to stock shelves (which is why they promote self-checkout). So a run on an item will often cause that item to disappear
form the shelves for a while. There's usually more in the back just waiting to be put out. I will ask an employee and so far, they're happy to check
for me (and will even bring me the product themselves if they have it).
Our normal shopping day is Monday. My wife has a dental appointment this Monday, so it may be just me picking up a few things, or it might be delayed
a day or two. I'm not worried about it. We'll be able to get what we need, we might just have to wait a bit. Heck, if nothing else, I'll wait until
3:00 AM and go in after the night loads are unloaded and the night shift has re-stocked. No biggie.
I think I'd rather deal with the night critters of WalMart than the day critters at this point anyway.