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Old 02-15-2014, 08:59 PM  
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Rejecting Walmart Strategy, Trader Joe’s Pays Employees A Living Wage And Wins

We’ve watched as places like Walmart, Papa John’s, Target, Applebee’s and other businesses continue to pay sub-par wages while claiming their only option for profit, given the economy and their being “forced” to provide employees with insurance, is to either cut employees’ hours and/or their wages. This miserly strategy is justified and implemented despite the fact that research shows that raising wages would actually “benefit workers, the industry and the overall economy.”

Yet in the midst of Scroogian thinking, a handful of smarter businesses have stepped to the forefront to reject this “austerity” model for a different philosophy right in line with research: pay a good living wage, offer benefits and maximize one of your most important “assets”: your valued workforce. Top on that list of smart retailers is Costco; Tulsa-based convenience chain, QuikTrip, and consumer favorite, Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joe’s is particularly notable as a store that inspires an almost cult-like appreciation from its customers. Founded by its namesake, Joe Coulombe, the precursor of Trader Joe’s was a convenience store launched in Los Angeles in 1958 with the rather unimaginative name, Pronto Market. Deciding it wouldn’t be in his best interest to attempt to compete with the ubiquitous marketplace leader, 7-Eleven, Coulombe ultimately decided to specialize; rumor has it he got the idea of a “South Seas motif” while on a trip to the Caribbean, where he noticed American travelers enjoying and bringing back to the States unique items with an island flair. He opened his first official “Trader Joe’s” in Pasadena in 1967 (the original store is still there!) and it was an immediate hit; a 2008 Business Week article made the point that Trader Joe’s “sells twice as much per square foot than other supermarkets.”

Given its profitability, one might assume that, like Walmart and Target, it was operating under the strategy of categorizing employees as a “business cost” that needs to be minimized and kept under tight control. One would be wrong. From The Atlantic:

Many employers believe that one of the best ways to raise their profit margin is to cut labor costs. But companies like QuikTrip, the grocery-store chain Trader Joe’s, and Costco Wholesale are proving that the decision to offer low wages is a choice, not an economic necessity. All three are low-cost retailers, a sector that is traditionally known for relying on part-time, low-paid employees. Yet these companies have all found that the act of valuing workers can pay off in the form of increased sales and productivity. [Emphasis added.]

QuikTrip, Trader Joe’s, and Costco operate on a different model, Ton says. “They start with the mentality of seeing employees as assets to be maximized,” she says. As a result, their stores boast better operational efficiency and customer service, and those result in better sales. [... ]

The approach seems like common sense. Keeping shelves stocked and helping customers find merchandise are key to maximizing sales, and it takes human judgment and people skills to execute those tasks effectively. To see what happens when workers are devalued, look no further than Borders or Circuit City. Both big-box retailers saw sales plummet after staff cutbacks, and both ultimately went bankrupt.

There is also the issue of consumer perception. Places like Walmart and Papa John’s, one a retailer, the other a food service provider, both suffered and continue to take negative PR hits for paying low wages, “nickel-and-diming” employees on the issue of insurance benefits, and appearing to place the burden of economic change and demand on the backs of their workforce, all the more galling when company CEO’s are making multimillion dollar profits. Consumer good-will and the general perception of a business tend to take a beating when those at the helm come off as greedy, unethical, and denigrating of their workforce.

Trader Joe’s, Costco and Quik Trip, on the other hard, have engendered loyalty and expanded their public good will with positive, worker-protective strategies that exhibit the importance they place on their most valued asset: the people working for and with them, whose skills and hard work are essential to a healthy bottom-line. And that is, after all, the goal of any smart company.

Given its profitability, one might assume that, like Walmart and Target, it was operating under the strategy of categorizing employees as a “business cost” that needs to be minimized and kept under tight control. One would be wrong. From The Atlantic:

Many employers believe that one of the best ways to raise their profit margin is to cut labor costs. But companies like QuikTrip, the grocery-store chain Trader Joe’s, and Costco Wholesale are proving that the decision to offer low wages is a choice, not an economic necessity. All three are low-cost retailers, a sector that is traditionally known for relying on part-time, low-paid employees. Yet these companies have all found that the act of valuing workers can pay off in the form of increased sales and productivity. [Emphasis added.]


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Old 02-17-2014, 06:44 AM   #121
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Ah, the bep post where you so you don't know what a strawman is.

Nor did you understand what was said.

But go on and tell those hundreds of thousand long term unemployed who just lost their benefits and income that they have loads of options to choose from when accepting a job in a 6 percent unemployment environment.

Get ready to be laughed at.
do you work? or are you a student? you voluntarily spend your time here.? whose dime is that time spent here on? you CHOOSE to be here.

you're still putting up strawmen...the point isn't the choices of a job..the point is the choice of accepting a job..people are not involuntarily taking jobs.

add up the hours you've spent here...no pun intended.
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:49 AM   #122
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do you work? or are you a student? you voluntarily spend your time here.? whose dime is that time spent here on? you CHOOSE to be here.

you're still putting up strawmen...the point isn't the choices of a job..the point is the choice of accepting a job..people are not involuntarily taking jobs.

add up the hours you've spent here...no pun intended.
So you think someone who just got kicked off unemployment has a lot of choices on accepting jobs in a 6 percent unemployment environment.

You think that person will turn down a job offer because of pay....

Okay, be stupid. And learn what a strawman is.
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:27 AM   #123
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I'll never understand why people think they should be paid to "support a family" on entry level jobs? if you don't like your wage, work your way up or find a different job, get educated....etc.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:04 AM   #124
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Are you assuming Wal-Mart doesn't have sweet heart deals with suppliers?

Wal-Mart is so fing big they almost dictate the entire market of suppliers.

Just like McDonald's very nearly controls beef suppliers.
Sam's Club and Wal-Mart operate as separate entities under two very different business models. WM leverages their size in the buying process and have to obtain certain concessions from suppliers to cover their operational costs. Sam's operational costs are distinctly lower than Wal-Mart's due to the spartan set up of their clubs. Not once in my experience though have the two organizations ever negotiated pricing jointly. Not saying it doesn't happen, just saying I haven't experienced it in the past 10 years. While the sweetheart deals do happen, they are the exception, not the norm.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:10 AM   #125
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Sam's Club and Wal-Mart operate as separate entities under two very different business models. WM leverages their size in the buying process and have to obtain certain concessions from suppliers to cover their operational costs. Sam's operational costs are distinctly lower than Wal-Mart's due to the spartan set up of their clubs. Not once in my experience though have the two organizations ever negotiated pricing jointly. Not saying it doesn't happen, just saying I haven't experienced it in the past 10 years. While the sweetheart deals do happen, they are the exception, not the norm.

McDonalds can fix prices because the main item that varies in cost to them is hamburger. Hamburger makes up such a tiny % of the cost of operation they can get by with that. They do control things like buns and bread making and have limited integration back into franc fries. But LoneGuys comment they control the beef industry is another example of his lack of any understanding of what he speaks to.
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:02 AM   #126
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that answer isn't plausible for families struggling to make it...
Another way to say this is "Thank God for Walmart and the service they provide to consumers who are struggling to make it."
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:05 AM   #127
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Customers don't dictate what they pay their employees because when you're barely getting by paycheck to paycheck, can't really be ****ing bothered to stop and worry about how some retail store is paying their employees.

If Walmart shrinks to just another retailer, they're still going to pay their employees like shit. Majority stakeholders, mainly the Waltons, decide how their workers are taken care of and they've decided they want to fill their pockets with more money and who the **** cares if our workers can survive or not.
Bryan Busby wants Walmart to pay their employees more and he doesn't care if poor consumers are hurt in the process or not.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:11 PM   #128
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The Aldi in Lenexa near 87th and 435 had a sign for a job opening last week. It pays $15.50/hour. Not bad for an entry level job that requires a HS diploma.
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This thread shows that different businesses, whether selling food or other goods, can have different models and pay levels in a free-market. There is a marketplace for labor not just goods and services. It's not the govt's job to set pay standards.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:35 PM   #130
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We were just in Colorado in time for Traders Joes to open three stores all at the same time on Valentines Day. That maneuver reeked of catering to the masses rather than a select few. I wouldn't be surprised if they start letting poor people know about their cheap boxes of wine too.

Isn't that how you do it? You make something exclusive to the rich it becomes all the rage of the poor.
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I was in Wal-Mart the other day and there was an employee driving around a cart due to an apparent disability. He was unable to speak very well so I think he might have been developmentally disabled too. But there he was with a name tag. I wonder what other company would have hired him, or whether WalMart gets any type of state credits for having him on the payroll.
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I was in Wal-Mart the other day and there was an employee driving around a cart due to an apparent disability. He was unable to speak very well so I think he might have been developmentally disabled too. But there he was with a name tag. I wonder what other company would have hired him, or whether WalMart gets any type of state credits for having him on the payroll.
I have a friend I grew up with since 6th grade that has cerebral palsy. He's essentially impossible to understand when he speaks unless you know him and are familiar with him. And his gait is pretty significantly affected, he gets around...just rather slowly. But he's been a full time employee at Wal-Mart for about 12 or 13 years now. Same job every day...pushing and collecting carts in the parking lot. But he makes $14/hour, which in my opinion is pretty good considering they could pay someone else half that to do the same job.
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Spoken like somebody who doesn't what the **** he's talking about.
It doesn't take extensive knowledge to understand your post was moronic.

But thanks for the reply. Maybe try not to sound like such a dumbass in the future.
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I was in Wal-Mart the other day and there was an employee driving around a cart due to an apparent disability. He was unable to speak very well so I think he might have been developmentally disabled too. But there he was with a name tag. I wonder what other company would have hired him, or whether WalMart gets any type of state credits for having him on the payroll.
That guy was probably able bodied and fully functional before he experienced Walmart's barbaric treatment of it's workers.
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