I'm a book stalker. I'm guessing you might be, too, based on the many comments our wonderful blog readers left on my post last week about Walmart's Book Department Shrinkage.
Like many of you, I eagerly anticipate the arrival of the latest Love Inspired titles at Walmart and get excited when they show up.
Have you ever wondered about the book stockers who make book stalkers' days? I did. I wanted to know who Walmart's book stockers are and when they fill the shelves.
I decided to find out. What I discovered might surprise you. It did me.
When I began my search several years ago, I assumed Walmart workers shelve the books. Not so. Walmart uses a book supplier: Anderson Merchandisers®.
Every Tuesday our local Anderson Merchandisers representative shows up at my local Walmart and replenishes the book department. She's pictured below.
Over the years I've made friends with this lovely young lady and have learned a lot from her.
- What books are stocked is determined at a corporate level.
- She can request a certain book be reordered if it's selling well, although her requests aren't always honored.
- She has to remove and return unsold books when their shelf time is up in order to make room for the new titles.
- She has to work quickly because she stocks the books at a number of area Walmarts.
How often do you visit the book department at your local Walmart?
Have you ever been there when the book were being stocked?
Have you ever talked with the book stocker?