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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:17 PM

I'm starting a new movement! STOP the grocery stores/supermarkets from ...

Constantly re-arranging the aisles and products. It's infuriating! In my case it is Wegman's but I believe most do it, on purpose to confuse customers and force them to wander around looking for whatever they want, and hopefully seeing more products to buy.

I know there is a "science" around influencing shoppers. For example, it has been shown that the more slowly shoppers go through the store, the more they buy. That's why they have those annoying free-standing product displays that make people stop and wait for others to pass. The store brand is always placed at eye level. I could go on and on.

I'm sick of being manipulated! WEB SITE COMING SOON!

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Reply I'm starting a new movement! STOP the grocery stores/supermarkets from ... (Original post)
mrsadm Dec 2012 OP
Lugnut Dec 2012 #1
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #2
crazylikafox Dec 2012 #3
zbdent Dec 2012 #4
donco Dec 2012 #5
noamnety Dec 2012 #6
shintao Dec 2012 #10
liberal_at_heart Dec 2012 #7
LeftInTX Dec 2012 #8
Kalidurga Dec 2012 #9
Little Star Dec 2012 #11
grilled onions Dec 2012 #12
shintao Dec 2012 #13
avebury Dec 2012 #14
physioex Dec 2012 #15
Warpy Dec 2012 #16
kickysnana Dec 2012 #17
SoCalDem Dec 2012 #21
onehandle Dec 2012 #18
roguevalley Dec 2012 #19
SoCalDem Dec 2012 #20

Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:20 PM

1. It drives me crazy.

I'm disabled and don't walk very well. When I have to search for something I need it adds to my misery.

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:21 PM

2. They change the crap around so much here they really need to start

giving our Navigators as you enter to find the latest location ...

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:21 PM

3. Good. I spent over 2 hours wandering around Wegman's last week trying to find stuff.

The placement of different food items seemed almost arbitrary. I like the food, but the inconvenience was enough to make me not want to go back there again.

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:22 PM

4. I'm tired of idiots who turn their carts toward one side of the aisle

as they stare, closely, at the other side of the aisle ... with their hand still on the cart.

Which forces you to say something to them. Usually, they're fine, and move (embarrassed) away, but sometimes they are annoying about it ...

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:22 PM

5. Even costco

does that...with towmoters.

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:26 PM

6. I have a new appreciation for the free standing displays

after watching a guy knock over a very full one a few weeks ago. He was trying to maneuver through an aisle partially blocked by one and sent it flying.

Everyone in the aisle stopped and helped to pick up all the boxes of rice - but we set them up our OWN way (sort of a free-form igloo), then stood back to admire our work, and assured him it looked much better than before. It was a great community-building moment.

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Response to noamnety (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:33 PM

10. Ahh, yes, the free stand displays in the isle

 

I grabbed a cart on the way in, stopped to grab an alcohol wipe, and moved on wiping away and ran into a free standing glasses rack which sent sun glasses every which way. The clerk came running up to me like WTF did you do? I just smiled and said, "Do you want to drive?"

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:27 PM

7. I always have a list with me

It keeps me from impulse buying.

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:31 PM

8. I'm tired of them stocking shelves during business hours

Those stockers are very very rude. They throw these huge boxes in the aisle and I can't get through. The boxes also block the merchandise.

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:32 PM

9. Could you also start a movement to get stores to sell real food.

Grocery shopping is a nightmare for me. It's not that I am tempted by all the NOT FOOD stuff, you know all the crap that isn't good for you. But, there is so much to go through to find real food, I am very new at this and it's just amazing to me how much stuff in the grocery store is there just to make us unhealthy.

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:35 PM

11. Exactly!! They're all doing it now. Pisses me off to no end.

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:35 PM

12. No Excuse For It

I have seen seniors so confused when the bread,coffee and jelly sections were scrambled around. Think of what it costs these stores to constantly pay to have "movers" instead of stockers. While the dept is down and the new one is nowhere in sight where are all those food items you need?
We shop with a list(a handy item they don't want us to have) and we write down according to the area where something is located. When they make another one of their grand moves our lists are defunct.
When I was able to walk through stores I had to limit the time I stood and shopped. I thought it unfair for them to constantly confuse me and my list. More then once I walked out missing several items because I refused to walk around on a treasure hunt.
Long gone are the days when managers actually show up on the main floor. They must be playing games in their office. All you see around here is a picture of their manager. Isn't that special? How can you complain to that? Complain to corporate is even worse. You get one of those fake letters back with some silly comments that have zip to do with your complaint.
Next I think they go to too many food seminars that have some fool yapping about how you can sell more peas if they are in, say the middle of the store so next thing you know the peas are in troop movement. Put the higher priced items in the first aisles they say and sure enough exotic fruits have pushed out the apples and pears to a more lowly position.
It's all about profit and nothing about customer convenience or service. To them service is spelled $ervice.

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:43 PM

13. Free Coffee will slow them down where prices won't

 

Want me to take my time & relax, give me a free coffee coming in the store.

Walmart has a flyer map that shows you where to go for your needs. Of course my Walmart is the biggest they have built west of the Mississippi and you could run out of body fluids navigating the maze, fail to find the restroom in time, or be lost for days in there since they never close. A guy might take a big ball a string in so you can find your way out.


What pisses me is people who will take stuff off the shelves, then decide later they don't want it, and just set it on another shelf somewhere in the store. I have suggested that they gather this stuff up and instead of spending labor to restock it, just give it away to some customer who gets the right register number of the day. This way they can write it off as advertising and increase traffic to the store.

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:49 PM

14. I totally agree with you. I hate it when they decide to

redesign the layout. I want to be able to enter the store and go directly to the items I am looking for. I have no interest in wandering up and down every isle.

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:49 PM

15. I never realized this till you mentioned this....

But I would point out that most of our shopping should essentially be done a few sections, the produce, fresh bakery, and dairy-egg aisle. Most of the stuff in the middle is nothing but processed sugar and salt and unfit for human consumption. Let them rearrange the crap and stick to the sections that we belong.

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:06 PM

16. The store near me has been doing that too

and I've been barking at them about it. Another stupid thing they've done is "mainstreaming" things like gluten free products away from the organic produce and bulk bins and dietary foods ghetto that was so convenient for those of us with dietary issues. No, you are not going to increase sales of gluten containing products by putting the gluten free stuff with them. Yes, you are going to generate ill will among your customers.

It's getting to the point I really dread food shopping. It's like one of those really annoying hidden object games, trying to find what cockamamie place they've refiled something you need.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #16)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:26 PM

17. +1

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Response to Warpy (Reply #16)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:34 PM

21. That could also be to reduce sales of those specialty products so they can justify

dropping them..

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:12 PM

18. We love Wegmans. They haven't changed ours.

Who couldn't love a grocery store with a pub and a great selection of beer?

Dinner at the pub makes grocery shopping so much better.

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:28 PM

19. mrsadm, you are my new hero. FREEDOM!!!!!!

I would put a fist thingo but there isn't one.

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Response to mrsadm (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:32 PM

20. They do it because they charge by the inch of shelf space

and corporations bid on primo space..

Ever wonder why Lays , Coke, Pepsi seem to always have the "ends"? and why the snack/soda pop aisles are now complete, front-to back/top-to-bottom, when they used to be a few shelves?

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