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What do you think about Wal Mart 911?

Posted by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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WalMart today made a major announcement about how the low cost leader will continue to help American families save money. They will soon be test piloting a program of offering private EMS service. A WalMart EMS Ambulance In an exclusive interview with CallTheCops Dan Bartlett an executive vice president with the company sat down with us to explain how WalMart EMS came to be. “Our fonder Sam Walton said ‘Listen to your associates. They are the best idea generators’. Each year we have grassroots surveys of our employees. Year after year we keep getting people asking us to do more to support associates who volunteer on fire/EMS services.” Mr. Bartlett explains that many WalMart stores are in rural and suburban areas. Most rural areas are serviced by volunteer or paid-on-call emergency services. So it stands to reason that at many of their stores a few employees might be members of these volunteer services. “One day a group of us executives was sitting around talking about what kinds of things we could do to support our associates who volunteer as EMTs. I can’t recall who said it but someone blurted out, that maybe we should own the ambulance. Support our volunteers by paying them their WalMart wage to drive the WalMart ambulance to the call. The logic was amazing.” After doing some research WalMart brass realized this could be a lucrative new business model. With the power buying ability WalMart has they could buy EMS supplies in bulk at much lower cost than a standard EMS service can. “We created a win/win system here. Response times will be better because we are using staff at our stores to respond in an ambulance posted at our stores. So the community gets a better, faster EMS response. As a company we have a new income source, billing for EMS services.” WalMart is in a unique position to run a private EMS service. They can get double duty out of thier EMTs. At a typical full time EMS service, when not on a call the EMTs will post, or park, someplace to wait for a call. Thus these employees are being paid for time they are not actually doing “work”. But WalMart will have their EMTs stocking shelves and running cash registers. So every hour the EMT is working they are providing “work” to the company. Bartlett closed with this. “Our slogan is ‘Save Money, Live Better’. By us providing EMS services we are truly living up to our slogan. We will be offering EMS services at a lower cost than other private EMS providers. We also will be helping save lives, or helping people live better.”
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dana63
by Momma of 40ish on Sep. 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM
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 I cant even get a cashier to talk to me half the time I cant imagine how it would be if they add a EMT service as well...

pasteeater_too
by Mrs. Jeter on Sep. 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM
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Have you seen the lines at Wal-Mart?  No thanks.

Bonita131
by Sister on Sep. 23, 2013 at 7:08 PM
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Wallymart ambulances? Wallymart purchasing second rate faulty supplies for wallymart ambulances just like everything else they mass purchase that's second rate & faulty? Have wallymart  EMS employees stocking shelves or whatever until they get a call that they won't be able to respond to because they're needed in the store?You're kidding right? Save money, live better wallymart slogan my ass. Rip off the public by selling them second & third rate products made by child labor would be more appropriate.

Sorry, if I or anyone in my family ever needed an ambulance it sure as hell wouldn't be a rusting barely running wallymart ambulance.

looneymom424
by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 8:11 PM
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They already sell funeral items online now an ambulance service

hau_siyoka
by Doll Baby on Sep. 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM
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This sounds like a very kewl idea!!! here in the big city you can be placed on hold or interviewed to long for the patient needing help....If they can put it together and run it like a great business they have their finger of on the pulse of what's needed

Mariagma3
by Wild Midwest Lady on Sep. 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM
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Quoting dana63:

 I cant even get a cashier to talk to me half the time I cant imagine how it would be if they add a EMT service as well...

No kidding!!

 

Mariagma3
by Wild Midwest Lady on Sep. 23, 2013 at 10:34 PM
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 I get the idea. But, shouldn't they stay at the stores and continue to work on customer service? That is where they need to improve!! 

sahlady
by It's a jen.thing :) on Sep. 24, 2013 at 7:17 AM
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As long as those departments stay separate!

Quoting looneymom424:

They already sell funeral items online now an ambulance service

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