Walmart has confirmed that some of its stores are no longer operational round-the-clock, and work for reduced hours, but insisted this was not a precursor to a wider group policy. The retail giant also separately unveiled its first US outlet that will be entirely lit by the energy-efficient LED lighting.
Reports noted that some Walmart outlets in cities such as Indianapolis and Baltimore are now operating from 6am to midnight, but Walmart insisted any such moves were “market-by-market”. A spokesman for the retailer was quoted as saying “This reflects our ability to make sure our stores reflect the community, make sure the hours are consistent with what our customers are doing. Some stores, customers do tend to shop at off hours. Some they don’t.”
Meanwhile, Walmart has opened its first outlet in the US that will feature all-LED interior lighting. The outlet, a Neighborhood Market store in Wichita, is expected to generate 40% savings due to the energy-efficient lights.
Walmart said the move is part of its “commitment to be a good steward of the environment, and we will be closely monitoring our savings in Wichita to gather more measurable data about the benefits of sustainability.”
NamNews - Monday 31st October 2011