Originally Posted by Creat
He ended up talking to the manager about not getting anymore of the puffers. Hopefully it worked im going back next week to see.
Its unlikely the employee's talk will have any effect on the managers decision making process. The managers at walmart dont actually have a lot of power in terms of choosing what to stock in their stores, for walmart its all about their database. Stores are automatically stocked via a program that alerts suppliers when the stock for a certain product gets low, its how Walmart avoids getting their own massive warehouse and lowers their risk. The more puffers that move out of that the store, the higher the number is logged for puffer turnover so the supplier will get a notice saying distribution region #xx needs more puffers, y number of puffers needs to be shipped. The manager doesnt have as much power in determining if they get stocked with the fish or not.
What will likely happen is if the employee talks to the manager and the manager sends a message to corporate saying that the puffers are kept in a bad environment, which corporate will likely ignore, and let corporate know of the numbers for puffers for their store, if it turns out to be very low turnover and high loss, corporate may discontinue puffers for that store, otherwise, the suggestion will be logged but puffer supply will not cease.
My company hasn't tried to get into working with walmart because of their supply chain system. They will tell you they want to buy X number of a product, make you hold it in your warehouse and slowly deplete that number as they sell it in the stores. If they dont meet their projections for the season then the supplier is stuck with the goods and Walmart doesnt absorb any inventory risk. There are very few people involved for this chain other than establishing the intiial relationship, selection of products for each season,and when walmart cuts you out of their chain. Everything else is automated by computers, numbers to be shipped, when to ship etc. Manager input at walmart is very limited, mostly restricted to management of people, store conditions, etc, and less about what they stock.
This is a wall of text, but "rescuing fish" through purchases is not an effective means of rescue.