Originally Posted by Charging Rhino
Things have been getting better here in Houston (Sugar Land area) with lots of 9mm (Federal Champion, WWB's 50 & 100's), 45 is hit or miss and I am still searching for some reasonable 380 to properly break in my Ruger LCP.
Today however, I was in the one nearest to me and there was an out of town manager in the sporting goods department talking with the guy that orders the ammunition. They weren't very discreet, as I was standing right there looking at an ocean of 40 S&W, 22LR, some 9mm wwb50's but not much else.
The ordering guy says that he went to order ammo today and it came back and told him "main office only" or something to that effect. The Out of Towner speculated that maybe WM was finally getting out of the ammo biz?
The order guy said that under the current restriction, soon all they would have is shotgun ammo.
SAY IT AIN"T SO! I paid $60 for .45 100 count WWB earlier this year from a gun shop when my Dad was visiting and I NEEDED the ammo. Is this our future??
I know there are some WalMart savvy people on here, any interpretation for what I heard?
Good luck out there......
I work for WalMart, and I'll tell you a little. Keep in mind, I'm not one 100% "in the know", but I'll offer what I can. Also, please keep in mind that I don't speak on behalf of WalMart.
I severely doubt WalMart is getting out of the ammo biz. But ammo, like most items is what's called "Traited". It's an expression of how well your Market Team and Store Manager think you can sell something. One store can be traited strongly in an area, and another not at all. Some do not sell guns, pet fish, or bulk fabric, for example... One store I once worked in couldn't sell NASCAR clothing for squat. So, they were traited out. No more NASCAR came in.
Here's how you help. Every time you find what you want, make certain to tell the Department Manager, or an Assistant Manager, how much you appreciate it being in stock. If you can't find it, ask if they can see if any is coming in, as you really want to buy it. If loads of folks are asking, and discussing how much they want the ammo, I can't see anyone in retail letting it go. By talking to folks, you might can keep the Store traited for a good supply of ammo.
My store has a mediocre supply of ammo. The one just a hint closer to my house has about double that amount. The one on the North side of Sheboygan had double that again, including some Hornady LeverEvolution 45-70 that NO other WalMart seems to carry. I recently saw some of the Federal 410 Handgun ammo too...
Again, I'm not in charge, but I think if you talk about buying, WalMart wil listen. And again, I'm pretty sure we are NOT geting out of the ammo business...
I do know that right now, MANY WalMarts are holding off on Store Level manual orders. The way our system is set up, as we sell, the system automatically orders for you. This should be the way it goes about 98% of the time. Manual orders often fill the backroom, with items that you do not have showcase/salesfloor space for. The Home Office wants us to make the system work, and not order manually. We want to run the building as lean as we can, to keep costs down. That is possibly what you overheard. Without Home Office approval, the recent manual orders may be getting cancelled. you may have overheard someone on the Market Team explaining why his manual orders were not coming in.