New Walmart Management Model Being Implemented in the New River Valley
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There’s a new management model coming to Walmart that will destroy positions held by
longtime employees and eliminate several higher wage positions. It’s currently in a “trial phase” at the Roanoke academy store and other stores in the NRV are preparing to make the change in the next year, but as of now it is only being implemented in fresh grocery (i.e. meat, produce, bakery, and deli). This new model eliminates department manager positions, currently threatening 3 positions in each store. Other supervisory management positions are naturally unaffected.
In this new model, CAP supervisors will be replaced with a handful of minor supervisory
roles and will be directed by an assistant manager. It is not clear who the tasks of ordering and inventory will be delegated to. Also uncertain is how it will impact pay. Initially there was rumor of the assistant managers receiving a raise out of wages cut from the department manager positions, although the company will likely pocket that surplus labor value higher up.
This change will obviously eliminate several better paying positions as well as hinder
upward mobility. The few superficial titles the new CAP team model has don’t appear to carry any meaningful hierarchy nor will they likely come with any meaningful distinction in paygrade. This is already forcing department managers, some of which have been loyal to the company for over a decade, to consider taking a major pay and position cut or find new employment. We can naturally expect the bulk of their workload to fall uncompensated on the hourly associates who are already largely overburdened by Walmart’s stingy business practices.