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Interesting thing, watching these two behemoths squaring off against one another.

Someone recently posted that "Wal-Mart doesn't consider Kroger serious competition.." Well, that's exactly right; they don't. And that arrogant thinking is exactly at the heart of what's wrong with Wal-Mart, and why, if there isn't a serious re direction in their corporate strategy, they will go the way of K-Mart.

I've been with Wally for well over a decade. At the time I started, they were absolutely at the top of their game; they had Kroger all but defeated. But in the past 5--7 years, they have become lazy, greedy and ****-sure that nothing can ever touch them....Well, we've seen what that thinking produces, haven't we?

Wal-Mart achieved its fame through greater in stock, better variety and lower prices than almost EVERY body. None of that is true any more, and the only thing keeping them in the upper leagues, I believe, is the market placement/brain washing on their customer base. It tickles me pink to see Kroger ramping up their game; it makes me laugh out loud that Wally doesn't even see them coming fast behind them in the rear view mirror.

I would love nothing more to get out of retail management, but I'm kinda painted into a corner. Even so, I'm giving serious thought to jumping ship and looking into Cost-Co or Meier.

 

Things between Kroger and Wal-Mart are going to become very interesting indeed to watch, over the next couple years or so,

 



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Interesting thing, watching these two behemoths squaring off against one another.

Someone recently posted that "Wal-Mart doesn't consider Kroger serious competition.." Well, that's exactly right; they don't. And that arrogant thinking is exactly at the heart of what's wrong with Wal-Mart, and why, if there isn't a serious re direction in their corporate strategy, they will go the way of K-Mart.

I've been with Wally for well over a decade. At the time I started, they were absolutely at the top of their game; they had Kroger all but defeated. But in the past 5--7 years, they have become lazy, greedy and ****-sure that nothing can ever touch them....Well, we've seen what that thinking produces, haven't we?

Wal-Mart achieved its fame through greater in stock, better variety and lower prices than almost EVERY body. None of that is true any more, and the only thing keeping them in the upper leagues, I believe, is the market placement/brain washing on their customer base. It tickles me pink to see Kroger ramping up their game; it makes me laugh out loud that Wally doesn't even see them coming fast behind them in the rear view mirror.

I would love nothing more to get out of retail management, but I'm kinda painted into a corner. Even so, I'm giving serious thought to jumping ship and looking into Cost-Co or Meier.

 

Things between Kroger and Wal-Mart are going to become very interesting indeed to watch, over the next couple years or so,

 


 Yeah...Wal-Mart does a lot of subtle customer brain-washing with their ads. Of course, you have to know exactly what they're doing to see that. I tell ya...That yellow smiley is gonna have a frown real soon, if Kroger keeps ramping up it's game. It seems whenever Wal-Mart puts an ad on TV anymore, I just laugh at their arrogance...Just like in that old story of David & Goliath, even the Mightiest of the Mighty can fall. It's not a matter of if, but how and when.



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Kroger is more interested in succeeding at all the things WalMart sucks at. If anything, Kroger isn't interested in competing with WalMart anymore.



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Here are some interesting articles for you...

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/breakout/3-reasons-walmart-empire-collapsing-164315981.html

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/where-walmart-isnt-four-countries-184946433.html



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Kroger kicks WalMart's ass when it comes too Beer and Wine. Sure the prices maybe a little higher but choose Kroger for a Beer run, Lines are short, easy parking , Don't have too walk all the way too the back of the store. 

 



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Kroger kicks ass when it comes to meat too. want custom cuts or grinds? No way at Walmart. Good write up nocturnia keep us informed on this....



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Thanks for the responses, I agree with you all.

Particularly about the meat and poultry quality, the beer/liquor prices, etc. Another big plus I like about Kroger is, so far anyway, they've resisted the super-sized store expansion: This is very good, as I (and a growing number of other aging customers) don't feel like walking five city blocks just for tooth paste.

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 This is very good, as I (and a growing number of other aging customers) don't feel like walking five city blocks just for tooth paste.


 Yeah that is really really annoying. I second that too.



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Most Wal-Mart customers are hard-wired into believing, without a doubt, that the prices are always lower. They don't actually check - good thing they have commercials that check for them, on purposely selected items, of course. They are also too lazy to go to more than one store, so they buy junk to save a trip. But if they want to wade through the crowd and stand in line for an hour to check out, that's their business. I'll be at Kroger.



-- Edited by Pizza1029 on Monday 14th of October 2013 07:40:42 AM

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Kroger kicks ass at produce too. Walmart's selection, at least in my town (and it is a supercenter) just isn't as good. Plus the prices are higher on items like potatoes. Those stupid commercials tick me off because of course it's only the items they want to show.

I do go to Walmart for some things, but overall Kroger has a better selection on items like meat and produce.

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Kroger's gonna do better because they pay their employees less.



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Walmart is better from a kroger employee view



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In the lower levels of employee yes, Kroger pays less but walmart dept heads make like $.60-$1.00 more than a sTore clerk and Kroger pays like $10 more per hour. 



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I agree with all that is said, BUT (yes here it comes) they are also trashing their reputation in the small town markets, many of them with Walmart's. The reason i say this is because i work at a Dillons store in SW Kansas, with no union. I have been here 1.5 years and throw groceries like a mad man on crack at night...sometimes by myself....for 7.60/hr. MANY people in this area have quit shopping at this Dillons because they pay their hard working employees so little. I had a conversation with a woman the other day about this and i just had to agree. This particular Dillons is a top performer in our district but is also the least paid, unless your in management but since this is such a small town, no one is going to leave those positions, so basicaly your stuck at rock bottom untill someone retires or dies. There are many local residents in this small town that actually PREFER Walmart over Dillons because of the low wages. Now what i think is funny is that they cant find help anymore and if they do, most are gone in under a month, sometimes within days. This store in particular has earned the reputation of being the ABSOLUTE WORST place to work at in town. Hell, even the dude scrubbing the floors with the scrubbing machine makes more than i do, and he isnt doing JACK compared to what i have to do. 50 cases/hr for $7.60/hr? PUH-LEASE! In short, the entire town is pissed off at them and have been for years now.



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