5:07 pm January 25, 2012, by Christopher Seward
Those late-night greeters who are as much a part of the Wal-Mart experiences as the retailer’s big shopping carts soon will be a thing of the past.
The world’s largest retailer is moving those greeters to more high-traffic hours earlier in the day, according to Bloomberg News, citing a Wal-Mart spokesman.
The move will save money and ensure Wal-Mart has greeters when and where it needs them the most, according to spokesman David Tovar.
The greeters’ job is “to ask people if they have receipts. We also make them feel welcome and safe,” one told Bloomberg. They will continue to do that, but not between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., the retailer’s third shift.
At least one analyst, David Strasser of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, thinks the move is risky.
“Consumers have been going to Wal-Mart for years, and greeters have become an expectation. To a degree it defines Wal-Mart,” Strasser told Bloomberg.
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