Something is rotten in the state of Walmart
And not the parasitic business model, or the sexist supervisors, or union busting and beating the workers down to the ground, or the depressing stores, the empty shelves, or the shoddy goods. No, management's gone completely round the twist:
Wal-Mart Stores Inc is considering a radical plan to have store customers deliver packages to online buyers, a new twist on speedier delivery services that the company hopes will enable it to better compete with Amazon.com Inc.
Wal-Mart is making a big push to ship online orders directly from stores, hoping to cut transportation costs and gain an edge over Amazon and other online retailers, which have no physical store locations. Wal-Mart does this at 25 stores currently, but plans to double that to 50 this year and could expand the program to hundreds of stores in the future.
"This is at the brain-storming stage, but it's possible in a year or two," said Jeff McAllister, senior vice president of Walmart U.S. innovations.
"I see a path to where this is crowd-sourced," Joel Anderson, chief executive of Walmart.com in the United States, said in a recent interview with Reuters.
Can anybody who isn't a CEO and doesn't live in a gated community or a penthouse suite see the problem here?
So, I order next month's case of frank 'n' beans online from Walmart, and the next day some meth freak in a pickup -- to carry the beans! -- shows up at my door, to case the house for copper piping? No thanks.
These Walmart executives -- like the executive and managerial class in general, I might add -- are completely detached from ordinary human experience. That's the only way this batshit scheme could have made into print -- as a Reuters "EXCLUSIVE" no less. Reuters reassuring these little emperors that "Sure, you've got clothes on. I can see 'em!" adds cream to the jest.