Post by Pizzaballa on Sept 3, 2019 20:54:56 GMT -5
Someone better start ordering more of the various products in groceries. It was amazing but there must be a run of salad dressings cause they were down to just 10 or 2 items. The coffee I usually buy for espresso was also cleaned out. Bread was also at a minimum. We must have a lot more people than usual shopping at Walmart North Utica because I have never seen it like this. I went back tonight because the store in New Hartford was out of what I needed and I am still without the items. I figure either more people of people are buying for relatives and friends in the hurricane area down south.
Also I hope someone checks the containers of Gorgonzola cheese since the date expired on 7/24/19.
I noted the same thing here and in two different supermarkets. I have to attribute it to the holiday weekend sales and few or no deliveries over the weekend. I shopped yesterday at Kroger, Food City, and stopped at the dollar store for a couple of things.
In both markets, the bread, the dairy, and the eggs were severely depleted and many of the shelves were half empty. When I stopped at the Dollar Tree the aisles were literally so plugged with carts loaded with merchandise that you could not get around with cart. Carts were piled high with boxes and there were people stocking shelves throughout the entire store. I literally bought the very last gallon jug of whole milk on the shelf at Food City and there were not too many 1/2 gallons left. At Krogers the eggs were depleted and most of what was left was cartons that people had put aside with broken eggs in them. I managed to cull some of the broken eggs and put together two dozen from three or four cartons. Food City said that the milk man didn't deliver on Saturday or on Monday as they usually do, and Kroger said that they had TWO trailers at the dock being unloaded as opposed to their normal daily single trailer every other day delivery. In both stores I politely made my discontent known when I checked out and inquired as to why everything was depleted.
Seems that the holiday brought the supply chain to a screeching halt. I wonder if any ambulances got to emergency rooms to find a sign on the door saying "closed, come back Tuesday."
It is surprising the Walmart was like that. I spent one Christmas day looking at a Wally trailer in my rear view mirror on my way Salisbury Maryland. Walmart is usually like the post office. Wally goods must go through snow sleet and dark of night to insure that Wally shopper's smiles don't turn upside down.
I am still frustrated by the Food City store reset. They moved everything around. I was very familiar with the former layout and could walk directly to whatever item I was shopping for. Since they reset the store they have a printed and laminated list hanging on a hook on the endcaps telling you where things are located.
I went to the office the other day and had them provide me with a laminated copy of the list. I write a shopping list in the order of where the items are located so I can make ONE sweep of the store and pick up everything on the list. With the copy of their cheat sheet I can write the aisle numbers next to the items needed and organize my list.
I think their logistics system is going to Hell in a handbasket. This is nothing new for N. Utica as of late, and was getting worse before I went out on leave.
Clipper, some very strange things going on in the last few months. Usually our GM loads were between 2100 - 2500 max pieces, Grocery from Johnsville around 1200-1500. They have been growing, a lot! GM is now near 3000+ a day (sometimes 2 trucks instead of 1) and Grocery averages 1600 - 2000, and we are now getting a pallet or more of pets from them as well, never did before. I know we are getting new products that hit the shelves as they remodel, but where the rest is going I have no clue. We can't be selling THAT much as my bonus for this 1/4 is only $181 compared to my last of a bit over $400. The hours in my aisle have gone up, reflecting more product for the shelves, but a lot of that winds up going back in the bins as overstock and the stuff I really need (salad dressing & coffee, etc.) isn't coming in. We used to groan at a 25 piece truck, now we're grateful that's all there is. I wander in back whenever I go up for something to say "hey" to everyone and it hasn't changed a bit.
As far as stores resetting their products........wait till N. Utica is done. I've seen the floor plan and grocery will not be anything like it is now. My aisle (8/9) is going to be split, with half going in the dairy section and the other where the bread aisle is now. I was there the other night and couldn't even find whole DEPARTMENTS, let along what I was searching for!
The resets you see every six months or so is an industry standard and totally psychological. They want you to have to look for your favorite product, and at the same time browse over new ones in the hopes you will buy extra to try, change brands, etc. Get a new fav and then the process starts all over as soon as you get used to it. lol!
Post by Pizzaballa on Sept 4, 2019 20:19:33 GMT -5
Odd cause people at the Bus stops in North Utica and New Hartford are also wonder why all the bare shelves. Although I did find a new product called Swanson Sipping Bone Broth that comes in a heat and serve single container. I got the chicken to have with my homemade chicken meatballs. I like the single serve since the box container of Bone Broth once opened says to use in 5 to seven days and I forget. Oh well.......
Walmart should have a little cafeteria like Price Chopper North Utica has. A place to have a cup of coffee and something once the heck tick job of shopping is over.
Post by Pizzaballa on Sept 4, 2019 20:22:51 GMT -5
P.S. Some of the new arrangement of the N. Utica store resembles the New Hartford store I noticed today. Although I think the mens and womens clothing departments need some Mannequin. I always enjoyed stopping to talk with them and in the ladies department squeezing a breast or two!!!
WHen I worked at a department store many years ago we always enjoyed lining up some of them at the cashiers station and watching what happens.
Last Edit: Sept 4, 2019 20:29:40 GMT -5 by Pizzaballa
We have a shopping crisis this morning. Just used the last Keurig pod.
This isn't a crisis, it is an outright emergency. Call the police, tell them that you have donuts if they can stop and pick up the Keurig pods. They will be there in a matter of minutes with red lights flashing and sirens screaming. If you don't have donuts, you will have to hope they well settle for toast and jam. Good luck.
Post by clarencebunsen on Sept 5, 2019 16:51:08 GMT -5
The crisis was averted. We went to Main St and stopped at the first place we saw for K-cups, Dunkin Donuts. Got the K-cups, also 4 coffees, 2 b'fast sandwiches and 2 pastries. Dick and I waited for the sandwiches while our wives went to the car. We we got there they had already programmed our destination into the car navigator. We sat in the back and they drove us up Cape Cod.
Drove us about 3/4 of the way up, walked around 2 lighthouses, toured one. Went down the stairs to the beach, watched waves, saw seals, climbed back up.
Returned to our temporary home with a full box of k-cups for tomorrow.
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