Walmart 1: Unions 0
Company thanks and rewards associates for serving millions of customers
/PRNewswire/ -- Today, Walmart U.S. reported its best ever Black Friday
events. The retailer saw larger crowds than last year and a huge
response to its first ever one-hour guarantee on key electronic items.
so proud of what our more than 1.3 million associates have done to
prepare and execute our Black Friday plans, giving our customers a great
start to their Christmas shopping season," said Bill Simon, Walmart
U.S. president and chief executive officer. "The work of our associates
is even more impressive when you consider they served approximately 22
million customers on Thursday."
Walmart's Black Friday plan
included three events this year at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. During the
high traffic period from 8 p.m. through midnight, Walmart processed
nearly 10 million register transactions and almost 5,000 items per
During the 8 p.m. event, customers filled shopping carts with gaming
consoles, video games, DVDs, Furbys, fashion dolls, board games and
At 10 p.m. it was all about electronics, including
big-screen TVs, tablets, laptops and digital cameras. Customers were
particularly excited about Walmart's "guaranteed" items, and the turnout
for the iPad 2, Emerson 32" LCD TV and LG Blu-ray player was amazing.
Customers appreciated this historic offering knowing they were
guaranteed to put one of these gifts under their trees.
Since its events began at 8 p.m., Walmart sold more than:
- 1.8 million towels,
- 1.3 million televisions,
- 1.3 million dolls and
- 250,000 bicycles.
"We had very safe and
successful Black Friday events at our stores across the country and
heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customers," Simon said.
response to the UFCW's planned protests, Simon added, "Only 26 protests
occurred at stores last night and many of them did not include any
Walmart associates." In addition, the company did not experience the
walk-offs that were promised by the UFCW. "We estimate that less than 50
associates participated in the protest nationwide. In fact, this year,
roughly the same number of associates missed their scheduled shift as
last year," Simon said.
Walmart associates receive a 10 percent
discount on general merchandise bought at Walmart stores all year long.
Earlier this holiday season, the company rewarded associates with a
special holiday discount of 10 percent off most food items from November
9 to January 1 to help make the holidays for its associates and their
families even more special.
Also, to recognize those associates
who helped serve customers during its Black Friday events, the company
is providing an additional 10 percent discount on an entire basket of
goods. Eligible associates who helped execute Walmart's Black Friday
events will also receive holiday pay.
Black Friday is just the start to a full holiday season of savings at Walmart.
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