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April 27, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it would cut 1,200 salaried jobs at its U.S. Sam's Club stores by using fewer managers with more responsibilities. About 3,000 jobs will be condensed into 1,800 positions with higher pay, a spokeswoman said. The change will improve customer service by making operations more efficient, she said.
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April 7, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Tyson's Foods Inc. is recalling 75,000 pounds of chicken nuggets sold at Sam's Club stores nationwide after discovering the food contained pieces of plastic that have caused minor oral injuries to consumers, the company and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The recall is for five-pound bags of frozen chicken nuggets. “A small number of consumers who contacted the company indicated they had found small pieces of plastic in the nuggets,” the company said in a statement on its website.
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BUSINESS
October 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Sam's Club, the warehouse division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said that its membership income growth was not meeting its expectations and that it might change its membership structure to attract more customers. "Our income is continuing to grow -- our membership income -- but it's behind plan," said Doug McMillon, Sam's Club president and chief executive. He spoke at the company's analyst meeting.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is laying off 2,300 employees in its Sam's Club division as it tries to make its workforce leaner. In total, 2% of the 116,000 Sam's Club employees in the U.S. will lose their jobs. Employees were being informed of the layoffs Friday, spokesman Bill Durling said. Sam's Club, a membership-based warehouse chain in the mold of Costco, said nearly half the cuts will affect salaried assistant managers. In the fresh goods area, where previously there were six separate assistant managers, now three more senior and better-paid managers are to oversee a meat and deli block, a grocery and produce section and a bakery and cafe segment.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Sam's Club is offering Internet services including website development to small businesses as it competes with Costco Wholesale Corp. for customers. The website program's prices start at $5 a month, Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart said. The service will let users offer e-mail and online sales, the company said. Shares of Wal-Mart rose 91 cents to $56.35 on the NYSE. Costco, the largest U.S.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2002 | Reuters
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, named a new chief of its Sam's Club unit, which is struggling in the face of tough competition from Costco Wholesale Corp. and BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. Wal-Mart promoted its chief information officer, Kevin Turner, 37, to replace Tom Grimm, who is retiring. Growth at Sam's Club has lagged behind Wal-Mart's other units. Earlier this month, the warehouse segment posted operating profit growth of just 3% for the second quarter.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. considered spinning off its Sam's Club warehouse-club unit last year before deciding against it. "After looking at it for a while, we decided that the best place for Sam's Club is to be part of Wal-Mart," Sam's Club Chief Executive Douglas McMillon said. Wal-Mart didn't discuss the prospect of a spinoff with shareholders, he said.
SPORTS
November 3, 2002 | From Associated Press
Jamie McMurray's great luck continued Saturday with his second consecutive Busch series victory, achieved because leaders Jeff Green and Michael Waltrip wrecked each other with one lap to go in the Sam's Club 200 at Rockingham, N.C. McMurray was running third, watching Green and Waltrip battle for the lead ahead of him with three laps to go, when Waltrip tried to bang Green out of his way. The cars hit and went into a spin, and McMurray coasted to victory.
OPINION
January 11, 2005 | Reihan Salam, Reihan Salam writes for the American Scene, a weblog about politics.
Back in 2002, two die-hard social conservatives fought for Minnesota's Republican gubernatorial nomination. Brian Sullivan was a successful entrepreneur backed by the Freedom Club, a group of "pro-growth" millionaires lifted straight from Central Casting. With his zeal for tax cuts and his privileged background, Sullivan was a Bush Republican down to his wingtips. His opponent was Tim Pawlenty, a state representative born on the wrong side of the tracks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc and Joseph Serna
A husband and wife were arrested Sunday after a gun they were allegedly carrying in a fanny pack accidentally fired inside a Sam's Club in Glendora. Police said it happened about 1:30 p.m. near the entrance to the store. Helen Marie Duncan, 50, was allegedly carrying a handgun inside her fanny pack when she dropped the pack and the gun discharged. Duncan's husband, Robert, 48, was struck in the arm. Police got several calls from witnesses about the shooting, but the Duncans didn't stay around to do any more shopping.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc and Joseph Serna
A husband and wife were arrested Sunday after a gun they were allegedly carrying in a fanny pack accidentally fired inside a Sam's Club in Glendora. Police said it happened about 1:30 p.m. near the entrance to the store. Helen Marie Duncan, 50, was allegedly carrying a handgun inside her fanny pack when she dropped the pack and the gun discharged. Duncan's husband, Robert, 48, was struck in the arm. Police got several calls from witnesses about the shooting, but the Duncans didn't stay around to do any more shopping.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Smoked salmon sold at Wal-Mart's Sam's Club stores nationwide is being recalled in 42 states, including California, and Puerto Rico amid listeria concerns. The fish was produced by a Miami subsidiary of Multiexport Foods Inc. in conjunction with Tampa Bay Fisheries Inc. The companies are pulling the product “with an overabundance of caution,” according to a Wal-Mart statement . The listeria monocytogenes bacteria - which can cause fatal infections in the elderly, the young and those with weak immune systems, and lead to fever, nausea and diarrhea in other victims - was discovered during a standard lab test on a shipment of the salmon that hadn't been distributed to stores, according to Wal-Mart.
BUSINESS
August 17, 2011 | By Andrea Chang and Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
Despite a rise in its second-quarter profit, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. continued to struggle with an important measure of U.S. sales as its core low-income customers worried about job security, rising costs and their finances. For the three months ended July 31, the nation's largest retailer reported profit of $3.8 billion, or $1.09 a share, a penny better than expected and up 5.7% from $3.6 billion, or 97 cents, a year earlier. Although the discount giant performed well internationally, its U.S. business remained weak as shoppers spent frugally, especially on discretionary items, amid a sluggish economy.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2011 | By Ramie Becker, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It could have been a recipe for clubland disaster. Last week, DJ Adam Auburn (Balance, Afternoon Delight) and promoter Sam Gaglani (Wet Pool Parties, Roosevelt NYE and Halloween) launched their new Vanguard club night, Departure, and everything was stacked against them. They needed to fill one of L.A.'s biggest club venues on a Friday night — without a flashy superstar DJ — on a weekend when many of the city's electronic music aficionados were either recovering from Miami's Winter Music Conference or headed there for the Ultra Music Festival.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, will eliminate some 11,200 jobs at its Sam's Club stores as it brings in an independent marketing firm to perform in-store product demonstrations. Outsourcing the in-store demonstrations to Shopper Events, a marketing firm based in Rogers, Ark., will trim about 10,000 jobs, or 9% of the company's workforce, the company said. Most of these positions are part time, the company said. The retailer also will eliminate about 1,200 jobs in business membership recruiting, or about two positions at each of its U.S. warehouse clubs.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2010 | By Andrea Chang
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said Monday that it would close 10 underperforming Sam's Club stores, including four in California. In the Southland, the warehouse club operator will shut stores in Irvine, La Quinta and Vista. Other closures will include stores in the Sacramento, Houston and Phoenix markets. Spokeswoman Susan Koehler said the stores are scheduled to close Jan. 22. She said she didn't know why so many California locations were affected. "It's not related to the economy," she said.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2010 | By Andrea Chang
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said Monday that it would close 10 underperforming Sam's Club stores, including four in California. In the Southland, the warehouse club operator will shut stores in Irvine, La Quinta and Vista. Other closures will include stores in the Sacramento, Houston and Phoenix markets. Spokeswoman Susan Koehler said the stores are scheduled to close Jan. 22. She said she didn't know why so many California locations were affected. "It's not related to the economy," she said.
BUSINESS
February 16, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
Construction has begun on new Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores that will anchor the Shopping at the Rose retail center, at the Ventura Freeway and Rose Avenue in Oxnard. The units, which are expected to provide 400 jobs, will mark the entry into Ventura County of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's largest retailer. The company plans to employ 250 workers in the 145,000-square-foot Wal-Mart and 150 in the 135,000-square-foot Sam's Club membership warehouse outlet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2009 | Ann M. Simmons
In an effort to tap one of the high desert's most abundant resources, Palmdale is allowing large shopping centers and business parks to install small wind turbines in their parking lots to save on electricity costs. Civic leaders in the Antelope Valley have taken a variety of steps in recent years to harness and adapt to the region's vast supplies of sun and wind. In Lancaster, hundreds of acres of desert landscape will be used for a huge bed of solar-thermal panels. Both Palmdale and Lancaster have taken steps to ban new lawns to help conserve water.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2009 | Nancy Trejos
In your effort to save, you may have signed up for a membership at a warehouse store such as Costco or Sam's Club. True, such stores do have great bargains, but have you ever found yourself at the checkout line with one too many boxes of pasta or a book you didn't really need? You're not alone. Researchers have found that discounts often drive people to buy more.
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