Originally posted by Hedera Helix
reply to post by Romantic_Rebel
... it was the copier ink and a USB headset from the same department that set of the alarm. Not quite sure what happened... but my guess is that
something probably wasn't programmed correctly into the computer with either of these items when they were originally put on the shelf.
The USB headset already had an electronic tag and it still didn't clear properly at the checkout.
In the case of WalMart's inventory control system I can give you a little insight. I was an assistant manager at a WalMart store just one year ago.
The new inventory system is supposed to help curb lost sales due to improper stocked shelves, not tracking you in any way, shape or form. In every
walmart stockroom the clothing is the most difficult item to properly catalog and store, not to mention one of the fastest turning items depending on
department. Seasonal items, promotional items and various other garments get mixed up so easily that a new system had to be devised to get the product
out on time.
It take round the clock associates just to keep the department organized. Every few minutes another shopper ransacks the table, unfolding, looking and
laying in a wad clothing back on the racks. This is fine because that is their parogative as a shopper and what the associates get paid for. However
keeping the system stocked is far more difficult when the back room is jammed with seasonal clothing, holiday, blitz or any other special release item
that comes with the next alternative rock cd. Trying to wade through the endless mounds of clothing that are hanging from racks is near impossible
because each peice is an individual instead of a case like the rest of the inventory.
Wal Mart's inventory system works by eliminating partial case stocking. Years ago the overnight stockers would bring out pallets of merchandise, put
up on the shelf what they could to fill it and take the rest back. If that meant that three cans of chef boyardee were left in a loose box, then they
were left over. The more up to date system works by tracking daily sales and automatically "picking" product only when an entire case of it will fit
on the shelf, this eliminates all the loose product clogging up the hall arteries and allowing you to "bin" only full cases making for a much
cleaner and more efficient stockroom.
However with clothing there is no case. You get random numbers of clothing at random intervals because the clothing purchasers through the home office
have to purchase so many according to the deal with the manufacturer to which those are sent randomly to each store based on category sales.
The tracking system is not to keep tabs on you, it is to make the job easier for the employees that have to manually scan in every single piece of
clothing every truck night and then stock them. With a "homing beacon" of sorts it will make it much easier to double check the inventory system
with the tracking tags and find the product for the customer.
The biggest key here is that they take it off at the door, so how is that tracking unless you try and steal it?
As far as your printer ordeal, the printers they were supposed to have in stock will only usually hold one on the shelf depending on the size of the
store. Most larger stores will hold maybe two or three, but unless it is a popular model, rarely five at a time. The security tags are deactivated by
magnets in the register pad, but not always are they thorough enough to get them all. Sometimes the warehouse puts security tags in the strangest of
places, like the side of a box or package instead of the bottom.