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Closed - Public DomainMajor retailers in the United States are shutting down hundreds of stores, and shoppers are reporting alarmingly bare shelves in many retail locations that are still open all over the country.  It appears that the retail apocalypse that made so many headlines in 2015 has gone to an entirely new level as we enter 2016.  As economic activity slows down and Internet retailers capture more of the market, brick and mortar retailers are cutting their losses.  This is especially true in areas that are on the lower portion of the income scale.  In impoverished urban centers all over the nation, it is not uncommon to find entire malls that have now been completely abandoned.  It has been estimated that there is about a billion square feet of retail space sitting empty in this country, and this crisis is only going to get worse as the retail apocalypse accelerates.

We always get a wave of store closings after the holiday shopping season, but this year has been particularly active.  The following are just a few of the big retailers that have already made major announcements…

-Wal-Mart is closing 269 stores, including 154 inside the United States.

-K-Mart is closing down more than two dozen stores over the next several months.

-J.C. Penney will be permanently shutting down 47 more stores after closing a total of 40 stores in 2015.

-Macy’s has decided that it needs to shutter 36 stores and lay off approximately 2,500 employees.

-The Gap is in the process of closing 175 stores in North America.

-Aeropostale is in the process of closing 84 stores all across America.

-Finish Line has announced that 150 stores will be shutting down over the next few years.

-Sears has shut down about 600 stores over the past year or so, but sales at the stores that remain open continue to fall precipitously.

But these store closings are only part of the story.

All over the country, shoppers are noticing bare shelves and alarmingly low inventory levels.  This is happening even at the largest and most prominent retailers.

I want to share with you an excerpt from a recent article by Jeremiah Johnson.  The anecdotes that he shares definitely set off alarm bells with me.  Read them for yourself and see what you think…

*****

I came across two excellent comments upon Steve Quayle’s website that bear reading, as these are two people with experience in retail marketing, inventory, ordering, and purchases.  Take a look at these:

#1 (From DJ, January 24, 2016)

“Steve-

[Regarding the] alerts about the current state of the RR industry. This is in line with what I’ve been noticing as I visited our local/regional grocery store, Walmart, and Target this week in WI. I worked in big box retail for 20 years specializing in Inventory Management. These stores are all using computerized inventory management systems that monitor and automatically replenish inventory when levels/shelf stock get low. This prevents “out of stocks” and lost sales. These companies rely on the ability to replenish inventory quickly from regional warehouses.

As I shopped this week and looked at inventory levels I was shocked. There were numerous (above and beyond acceptable levels) out of stocks across category lines at all three retailers. And even where inventory was on the shelf, the overall levels were noticeably reduced. Based on my experience, working for two of these three organizations in store management, they have drastically/intentionally reduced their inventory levels. This is either due to financial stresses/poor sales effecting their ability to acquire new inventory, or it could be the result of what was mentioned earlier regarding the transporting of goods to these regional warehouses. Either way this doesn’t bode well for the what’s to come.  Stock up now while you can!”

#2 (From a Commenter following up #1 who didn’t provide a name, January 26, 2016)

“I’d like to tailgate on the SQ Alert “based on my experience…” regarding stock levels in big box stores. This weekend we were in two such stores, each in fairly isolated communities which are easily the communities’ best source for acquiring grocery items in quantity.

I myself worked in retail (meat) for thirty years so I know exactly what a well-stocked store looks like, understand the key categories and category drivers, and how shelves are stocked and displays are built to drive sales and profits. I also understand supply chain and distribution methodologies quite well.

Each of the stores we were in were woefully under-stocked. This time of year-the few weeks following the holidays-is usually big business in groceries and low stock levels suggest either poor ordering at the store level, poor purchasing at the distribution level or a purposeful desire to be under-stocked.

Anyone familiar with the retail grocery industry is also familiar with how highly touted “the big box store’s” infrastructure is. They know exactly when demand is high and for what items and in what quantities. It is very unlikely that both stores somehow got “surprised” by unusually high demand. It is reasonable then to imagine that low stock levels in rural areas with few options is a purposed endeavor to assure that both the budget conscious and the folks in more remote areas are not fully able to load up their pantries.

Simply put I believe the major retailer in question is doing their part to limit the ability of rural America to be sufficiently prepared. Nevertheless, we are wise to do our best to keep ahead of the curve. God bless your efforts, Steve.”

*****

Yes, this is just anecdotal evidence, but it lines up perfectly with hard numbers that I have been discussing on The Economic Collapse Blog.

Exports are plummeting all over the globe, and the Baltic Dry Index just plunged to another new all-time record low.  The amount of stuff being shipped around by air, truck and rail inside this country has been dropping significantly, and this tells us that real economic activity is really slowing down.

If you currently work in the retail industry, your job is not secure, and you may want to start evaluating your options.

We have entered the initial phases of a major economic downturn, and it is going to be especially cruel to those on the low end of the income spectrum.  Do what you can to get prepared now, because the economy is not going to be getting better any time soon.

  • Tim

    “If you currently work in the retail industry, your job is not secure, and you may want to start evaluating your options.”

    I disagree, Michael. I just started a job with a retail company that has a very stable history. The company began doing business in the 1930s during the Great Depression . It has never had a layoff in its history. And during the last economic downturn, which began in 2008, the company continued to expand, and its annual revenues increased every year of the crisis. Will the company be affected during the next downturn? It probably will, but I’m hopeful that I’ll remain employed.

    • Pen Pal

      What IF this TIME is different than the last times?

    • gingercake5

      Stock up now on what you can, because shipping has ceased worldwide. See vesseltracker dot com or marinetraffic dot com and you’ll see that no container ships are crossing the oceans. It’s too expensive, and/or they want to be paid in yuan. There have been some global shenanigans played on us, because the media is silent. The shelves in America will continue to empty.

      • Larson E Whipesnide

        I got plenty of beer so I don’t need your stinking container shields.

  • K

    Let me add a little something extra. In some areas in the South. Wal-mart has succeeded in becoming, the only show in town. And I mean for both general merchandise, and groceries. If those Wal-mart’s went out. In some of those places it would be over a 120 mile round trip just for groceries. Now normally, that would be a short term problem. Before too long, someone would open a grocery store. But in a severe economic decline. Some companies will not open a new store. for any reason. There could well be more hardships coming, than some realize.

    • gingercake5

      People were warned what would happen if the minimum wage was raised. So a lot of WalMarts are going out of business now. It is related, even though it’s a year later. People have short memories. But on a much more urgent note, shipping has ceased around the world. Check out vesseltracker dot com or marinetraffic dot com and you’ll see container ships are NOT out in the oceans. They’re all in port. It is too expensive to ship. This has never happened before. Some say that the shippers are demanding to be paid in yuan.

      • Guest

        Shipping HAS NOT CEASED, GINGER YOUR MAKING YOURSELF LOOK LIKE A FOOL AS YOU KEEP SPEWING PARANOID LIES! Save yourself from looking like such a moron!

        • englishvinal

          To Guest;
          Who is the fool / moron?
          Do your research, to to the tracking sites online that SHOW the positions and directions of cargo carrying vessels…..
          Read Bloomberg News and other sources…. relative to what IS happening inside the WalMart corporation…..
          No, you are correct in that total shipping around the globe has not ceased…..
          ….. but shipping to the United States is darned near quiescent. So where are YOU? Africa? China? Australia?… so that you can not care enough to do some simple checking on a statement that is based on the US economy… or lack of it?

        • Dave Knapp

          I’m not interested in tracking ships unlt I start my new job as part time pirate…but thank you ☺️

    • Wesley

      most of the Walmart closing are expresses found in larger cities and the regular Walmart Supercenter closing are in areas that raised their community minimum wage to $15/hr. this article is nothing but fear mongering. as the empty shelves either no one picked the item for the in store warehouse or inventory numbers are so off that distribution center can keep up with inventory. in reality most the main problems stems from the smoke and mirrors given by Washington for most of a decade now.

  • Guest

    As a Christian, I don’t live in a constant state of fear. It is a sin to do so, and it is also a denial of God’s sovereignty. Should we be preparing? Absolutely. There are many examples in the Bible of saints who prepared, e.g. Noah, Joseph, etc. I’ve been preparing for many years now. Am I ready? Probably not as I don’t think any of us know just how things will be during the next crisis. But what’s the worst that can happen? I starve. I’ll just go home to ge with the Lord sooner than I expected.

    • gingercake5

      Go to marinetraffic dot com or vesseltracker dot com and you’ll see that shipping has ceased around the world, except maybe along a continent’s own coast. No ships are crossing the oceans now, because they lose money by moving anywhere. This is unprecedented, and you will be blessed that you’re prepared.

      • Joan Camara

        Thank You for those sites. I read a lot, and have, through the many years, on what’s going on the world, and your saying the same thing that other commenters on other websites are saying about the shipping. I feel it’s getting bad, but as the “guest” above has said, I, myself, am trying to stock up, but as there are four people in this house, and only one working, I’m not able to get much in the way of food, and other supplies stored up, so at least I, if not the others, will be praying and hoping, the Lord will help us out. But just wanted to say thanks again, for the sites. Been wanting to see those.

        • Guest

          Joan, please don’t encourage her! And second, don’t believe her!

          • Joan Camara

            Yeah, I’m sorry now! Too bad I didn’t scroll down and look before I wrote it.

      • Joan Camara

        Vesseltracker dot com…is OUT….won’t load!

      • pacman

        Neither show oceanic traffic because they weren’t set up to. They only show traffic in range of their receivers, no farther out than 42 miles.

    • Gay Veteran

      find that ark yet?

      • Guest

        Oh gay vet don’t get me started on you and that ark again! To catch everyone up to speed Gay Vet says the same line all the time, or how about “think for yourself”. He really knows that they did find the ark, and science has proven it. (him and I have covered this repeatedly). The same science he hopes will someday prove that being gay isn’t a choice. Until then here’s what we know: the ark has been found and the illusive gay gene is yet to be found.

        Don’t let the vet fool ya people! And watch for the gay vet “think for yourself” line…it’s probably coming any post now

        • Gay Veteran

          you know, you’re right, I did see the video about finding the ark.

          Saw it right after I watched the video of the alien autopsy at Area 51. They were both on the internet, it has to be true!

          “…same science he hopes will someday prove that being gay isn’t a choice….”

          using your “logic”, YOU could choose to be gay

        • Josh Gallo

          You’re nothing more than a bully. Be temperate.

          • englishvinal

            Hey Josh, seems to me that “temperance and tolerance is a good part of the mind set that got us where are are today….
            Maybe YOU like it but I sure as heck don’t.
            Not tolerant of deviants either.

          • Josh Gallo

            Correction. You’re much more than a bully you’re an idiot too.

      • Obama’saracist

        go get some shock therapy

        • Gay Veteran

          why, so I can be as stoopid as you

          • Obama’saracist

            flamers are not able to comprehend the 25 pct collapse in rail freight the last 5 months of last year. The 30 pct this year alone already and the 20 pct last week. The 49 pct in class 8 truck orders for January and almost 50 pct collapse in orders past 6 months. alone. The fact that freighter are now being pulled out of service in East asia and Indi, by the dozens. Baltic Dry Index at 295. The fact the fed withholding taxes are collapsing at a rate equal to a deep recession right now . They collapsed worse ending on Friday then week prior. Auto assembly lines now being shut down for months at a time as auto inventory to sales ration is at all time high and worse than financial crash. Avg sales day for cars is 97. Crash was 91. No ships are in the Atlantic right now moving across to Europe. Truck demand is now lower then during the finacial crash. Hundreds of engines from every railroads along with freight cars are being stored anywhere they can put them. Shelves all across the country are now empty as companies are cutting back inventory to stay viable. Earnings are crashing. 667,000 people where laid off last month. 70 pct of the jobs recovered where low wage min wage p t retail water bartend. 92 k of those laid off where foreign born americans. rest native born. Now you want to call me uneducated flamer boy?

          • Gay Veteran

            hey junior, I read zerohedge so you haven’t told me anything I didn’t already know

    • iris

      So true!

    • reader

      I’m also a Christian, but this is probably an unrealistic vantage point (i.e. fed) from which to be glib about starving to death.

    • Josh Gallo

      Maybe its just that you’ve never had anything substantial or serious in your life that has caused you to fear. We all feel fear whether christian or not.

      • Guest

        You don’t know me. And you obviously don’t know the Bible. I’ve had tremendous adversity in life. But I do not live in a state of fear. God is in control of the affairs of this world.

        • Josh Gallo

          Why are you a bible scholar or just some person who thinks hes got it all figured out. Probably an arrogant 30 year old.

          • Michael

            I AM a bible scholar and an ordained minister. I don’t fear for the future because I know what the future holds. There are times I have been afraid – when I was in combat I was afraid. I was not afraid of dying because I can’t die – I have enternal life. I was afraid of the pain that could precede the end of my life on earth. I was afraid for my brothers-in-arms who didn’t know Jesus. I was afraid for my family because they would mourn.
            Everyone is going to exist for eternity. The question is where are they going to spend it? I will be in the arms of my Savior and King.

    • Matt. 10:33

      Judaism is a denial of Christ, it is anti-Christ… Satanism is a Jewish cult.

      • Guest

        I said nothing about Judaism in my comment. I do not adhere to Judaism. I am a Bible believing Christian.

    • englishvinal

      I can tell that YOU would have never made it across the western plains … you would have given up at about Utah….. lain down in the dirt, stared up at the sky, called on god and died.
      So much for courage.

    • pacman

      Father, why hast thou forsaken me?

      • Loptr

        Your god is not a benevolent entity, he is vindictive, malevolent and wants to see you suffer… Yet you continue to call out for salvation…

        • Michael

          My God is jealous – serve only Him. My God is loving – He sent his only natural born son to die for all mankind so we don’t have to. I have salvation. I called out for it it and received when I was 10.

    • Loptr

      Oh FFS, what does your religion have to do with the reality that the world in slipping in a recession? Please keep your pagan god worship to yourself…

      • Michael

        The Bible predicts that we will have terrible financial troubles as we approach the end of days as we know them. And paganism is not the same as Christianity. In fact, paganism is the worship of a god or gods other than Jehovah, the One True God. The term “pagan” was invented by Christians. Try educating yourself.

  • Alan

    My wife purchase a go pro camera with an extra memory from a local Best Buy for a Christmas present for me. While I really appreciate the thoughtfulness of the gift I really don’t have a need for it nor want to be bothered to learn how to use it.
    We tried to return the item but found out they have a 15 day return policy so “because it was unopened they would be kind enough to provide me with store credit”. I don’t want store credit I would like the money back.
    If she had purchased the item from Amazon there would not be an issue and the return would have been hassle free.
    As far as I’m concerned all of the big box retailers can close their doors and go out of business. When there is one remaining that knows how to provide good custome service I will consider shopping there but until then they can all go right down the drain.

    • Jim Davis

      Best Buy can be pretty crappy about returns, but If you make a big enough scene they will usually comply!

      • JF

        Never had a problem returning stuff to Best Buy. As long as you do it within the alloted time frame, you shouldn’t either. If you constantly try to return stuff long after that time, well don’t blame Best Buy. They are even great about warranties. My daughter has returned headsets that broke during the warranty period and exchanged them with absolutely no problem

    • Dale Graley

      Try a different store in your area

    • iris

      There’s still a law in place in the U.S., that one has 30 days from point of sale to return an item for a refund. Might have to pay a restocking fee, and there are times that sales are final, like for clearances, or as is items. Hope ya get the $ back.

      • Michael

        I never read that federal law becuase it doesn’t exist.

    • Dave Knapp

      Oh hell…just take the credit…get something you want…get some groceries

  • watchmannonthewall

    May I present a different viewpoint of this issue?

    There was a lot of concern about the Shemtiah year in October 2014-15. Actually, that year is determined by the Jewish rabbis who follow the Hillel calandar developed in the 4th century CE. However, there apparently are at least 17 Jewish/Israelite gravestones discovered in Israel which state the Sabbatical years according to the death of the individual and counting by 7’s all of them match up with March 2016-17 being the next Sabbatical year. It is much more involved than this but for the sake of brevity…

    It woud be remiss of me to not mention there is much dispute as to whether the Sabbatical year begins in the Fall- Tishri 1, as claimed by the Jewish religious leaders, or in the Spring, Abib 1, as God spoke to Moses, “This month shall be for you the beginning of months, it shall be the first of the months of the YEAR.” (As quoted from Stone’s TANAK.) Tishri or Abib? You choose! I’ve chosen Abib (March-April). I like Rabbi Kahn but didn’t and don’t think he is right.

    Why does the Sabbatical year matter? God sent the JEWS, not the Israelites (who went into captivity 120 years earlier), into captivity to Babylon for 70 years for not observing His Sabbatical years. (2 Chronicles 36:15-21 & Jer. 29:10)

    Do you think He will only judge this issue among ALL of His people once? That would not fit the patterns developed throughout Scripture! There will certainly be another related judgment and I think it likely to begin during a Sabbatical year when His people should have stored their food for the next year, as stated in His Word. I said I THINK it is likely. If this is the year, you still have just over a month to prepare. There are certainly odd goings on! We are not as near the Tribulation as many think! We need to take the long view and learn about God’s ways while we still can.

    If you have been observing His Sabbatical years, you have put away food for the next year already and through the summer of 2018 until the next harvest. While impossible to say we are at that point in time, Yeshua did say there would be famines and wars, and rumors of wars, before the Great Tribulation. The Jews ended up eating their own children during the seige by Babylon. Perhaps we should believe Yeshua when He said He only says what the Father said and the Father said the entire OT. (John 12:49-50) Shema is very important! HEAR and DO the Word of God!

    Yeshua said the Jews couldn’t understand Him because they didn’t believe what Moses said and today’s Church leaders tell all its members they don’t need to believe and do what Moses said either! (John 5:45-47) Really? So our religious leaders are teaching us to be just like the scribes, lawyers, and Pharisees of Jesus’ day? How did that work for them? Most don’t even realize Jesus taught Moses! If He didn’t do what Moses said, He could not have been the perfect, acceptable, sacrifice for our sins! Do we really believe He lived one thing and taught another? Don’t we call such people “hypocrites”?

    No wonder the Church is such a mess! Its leaders have been drinking the same kool-aid the national leaders have been drinking! They both say, “We have the authority to do and tell people what we want and it will all be OK!”

    • GetReal4U2

      as the “birth pains” of the Jubilee year increase…look up…for you redemption draws near…

      • Joan Camara

        And they get closer and closer, don’t forget!

      • watchmannonthewall

        Many Jewish relgious leaders and even a number of those following Messiah believe we are in a Jubilee year, Sept/Oct 2015-16. I haven’t been able to figure out how they believe this since the Jews have never followed the Jubilee years, at least not to my knowledge. They only began paying attention to the Sabbatical years after Nehemiah got very upset with them, about 420 BC. They still struggled with following His instructions correctly during the time of Yeshua, though per Josephus, they were aware of when the Sabbatical years occurred.

        There appears to be only one possible reference in Scripture to a Jubilee year, 701-700 BC, and it is mentioned by Isaiah. Relying on the research of another, this particular year is well established historically, with regard to evidence correlated between Assyrian records and those of Judeah. The year was not observed by the Jews as a Jubilee or the prior year as a Sabbatical year, since the Babylonian captivity was a result of not observing these things. The Northern Kingdom had already been scattered by the Assyrians.
        If this is correct, 701-700 BC, and it seems likely, counting forward the next Jubilee year would occur in the mid 2040’s. Jubilee years are actually only 49 years apart and Scripture allows this pattern by having us count 50 days from the day after the Sabbath, the day of Firstfruits (Sunday), the day Jesus rose from the dead, as being day one, to determine when Pentecost/Shavuot occurs. Pentecost occurs on day 50, but this is also the first day of the next count towards the following Sabbath. So Jubilee is the 50th year but it is also the first year of the next Sabbatical cycle of seven years.
        There are a number of disagreements regarding some things mentioned above among various factions/denominations(?) but I have satisfied myself as the their veracity. Still, I hold my understanding loosely, as should we all. Additionalinformation may cause a change in current understanding.
        Bottom line is that the next Jubilee is probably not coming for another 30 years. We really don’t know that much about it yet. It seems God is just beginning to crack the door open on some of these things that have been hidden for so long, as we move towards fulfillment of his taking two sticks and making them one. (Ezekiel 37:15-23)
        I do not recommend following blindly after anything Jewish, but we can’t blindly throw it all out as the Church has done for 1,900 years either. They were studying His Word for 1,500 years before we even became aware of it. Test all things against the Scripture and ask the Holy Spirit to lead us into ALL Truth, which is His Word, OT and NT!

    • Joan Camara

      Well, I was really shot down, when we’ve had an economic crash every 7 years, the last one being the 2008, and 7 years before then, etc etc. So when 2015 came, and that was on the 7 year mark, it didn’t come. I just can’t understand why! So what are you saying? We got a ways longer to go? I know the 7 year tribulation doesn’t happen untill Israeli’s and Palestinians sign a 7 year peace treaty, or agreement, or whatever it is. The Great Trib is in the middle…within 3 1/2 years of that.

      • watchmannonthewall

        The “Church” calls the Tribulation 7 years. God calls it 3.5 years or 42 months. The hebraic language (or possibly Aramaic) of Daniel 9:27 is very unclear as to whom the covenant is between and when it actually began/begins. We need to pay attention to current events to get an understanding of it. God does not spell everything out clearly in His Word!

        What is going on today? The Pope is going around the world meeting with all sorts of religious leaders. The outcome of this will eventually be an ecumenical World Wide Church headed up by the combined religions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, and many other belief systems have elements of these 3. All 3 trace their roots to Abraham. The plans are well underway and negotiations for how the heirarchy will be structured are also. The place of rulership will be in Jerusalem. That issue has been settled.
        At this same time there is developing a call for the abolition of currency and the adoption of a electronic form of financial intermediation to facilitate and control all financial transactions. This process is also well underway around the world!

        The merging of these two trends will result in the one world government that is headed up by the Beast system. Prior to that 10 kings must arise who choose to give their authority to the Beast/Anti-christ. This is a transitional step to the Beast system and possibly a result of world wide chaos. We don’t know how long it lasts; could be very brief or a decade or longer.

        As to the Sabbatical years, most Christians have only just begun to learn anything about the Sabbatical years and so misinformation, the tickling of the ears, takes root very quickly. To grow a good garden, the plants must develop a good root system and so now is the time to study out these things so we can’t be taken advantage of by those who either THINK they know something or are deliberately misleading others. Hold your doctrines loosely. Paul said, Test everything! Hold fast to the good.” There are a lot of voices out there that don’t know a lot of things, and I still have much to learn! See the reply to the following post for more information.

    • Josh Gallo

      You seem so familiar to me. Who is the watchman on the wall?

  • William Lutz

    I can relate to this article to some extent. A few weeks ago in January, I was shopping at Target and I noticed that some shelves were empty. This is the beginning. Now I am pretty sure that my local Big Lots is also struggling to keep its shelves stocked.

    • gingercake5

      Worldwide shipping has ceased. Check out vesseltracker dot com or marinetraffic dot com and filter for “container ships.” You’ll see they are not crossing the oceans, but parked in port. This is not good.

      • Daddyotis

        Ginger: chill on the boat traffic updates. The actual case is not what you are claiming, and these claims have been refuted on SHTFplan and other sites. The reason there are no blips for container ships in mid-ocean is because they are out-of-range of their transponders. Once they approach a shore, their locater updates their position.

        • Marty Mann

          Right, I believe there are container ships just chomping at the bit to get to shore, sure they are. I dont know if you’re trying to convince yourself or someone else but I know for a fact there are not but a handful of ships moving. I am a conductor on the railroad and container traffic coming in from overseas has virtually stopped. NS has locomotives stored every where there is a large yard as well as CSX, UP, BNSF, CP and CN as well as a host of regional railroads and shortlines. There may be a few ships moving but it is absolutely nothing compared to a few years ago. NS has closed rail lines as well as CSX in Va, Tn, NC, SC, Ky and W.Va. Eastmann in Kingsport Tn is now only shipping and receiving a couple of trains every few days. Things are getting bad whether you like to admit it or not. Welcome to the real world.

          • englishvinal

            THANK YOU!…
            The world is filled with ostriches and these “Doubting Thomas’ are right up there in the front of the thundering herd that all stopped at the same time to shove their frightened heads into the dirt.

            Don’t know – Don’t wanna know – Don’t care – sit in the middle of the RR tracks and die.

      • Guest

        As I stated above this is not true. The largest shipping container EVER will be docking at the port of LA later this month…guess they didn’t see that blip on the radar!? Get real people(that believe that crap)

        • englishvinal

          Man, “Guest” what IS it with you? Are you some kind of professional TROLL?

          Ginger is correct…. I am just going to ignore your scaly butt from here on out.
          People… do your own research, go to the websites for shipping/cargo vessels and do your own verification.

    • birch

      Target is known for empty shelves, especially in Canada . Canadians didn’t like it, so Target left canadian soil.

      • Dave Knapp

        Those durned Canadians…how DARE they want stock on the shelves 😋

    • englishvinal

      Big Lots used to be “AIDS” store.. then the disease came along and they became “Pic-n-Save”.. then they were bought out and re-named MacFrugal’s…. and then finally BigLots came along… at first they had excellent bargains.. for about a year.
      Now the stores are not worth taking time to try to scratch around in.
      I am not surprised that they are hitting the skids.

  • kathym2

    My Meijer has been like that with shockingly empty shelves all over the store for over 6 months now. I have mentioned this numerous times and even asked them if they were closing. They don’t answer me, they just stare at me with no answer.

    • gingercake5

      worldwide shipping has stopped. This is a big deal, so stock up on what you can. See marinetraffic dot com or vesseltracker dot com. No ships are crossing the oceans, and this is a first.

      • Joan Camara

        OK!!!! We got it…by now!

      • Huest

        Haven’t read that comment, um, maybe 3 times already! I understand English so once is sufficient. And thankfully I can think and choose to ignore you life saving advice of stocking up cause’ worldwide shipping has stopped’. Second, it’s not true. The largest shipping boat just dicked in the US…and where do you think it came from? Mexico? Come on people…

        • Huest the guest

          Correction, thanks to auto correct: the largest shipping container, it actually docked, not “dicked” as autocorrect is trying to make you think! Good ol’technology! :) much like the name “huest”…oh brother…

        • Marty Mann

          The largest shipping boat just “dicked” in the US? If you’re going claim you understand english, then at least learn to spell plain english.

    • K

      I have noticed the same thing. Two items at the front of the shelf, nothing behind them. Here is how, it was explained to me. Items are still being bought on old contracts. At a lower price. Meanwhile demand for some items has gone up. To get the additional supply, they have to pay the new higher price. And normally that is what they would do. Unless the higher ups, expect a sizeable downturn. They do not want to get stuck, with the higher priced items. When suddenly many of their customers, will not be able to afford them. Am I sure, this is true? No. But I was told this by two people in the grocery industry. Who have been reliable in the past.

  • afchief

    OK, stores are closing. People are shopping on the internet vs brick and mortar. Our family did all of our Christmas shopping on the internet and saved money.

    Yes, jobs will be lost, but these are retail minimum wage jobs except for the few managers who make a few dollars more. People need to start thinking were the jobs are at. What will the future job market look like? Go to school and/or get trained accordingly where the future job market will be. Retail is NOT it!

    Nothing in life is easy. WORK FOR IT!!!

    • Jim Davis

      Some stores are closing. ITEOTWAWKI!

      • Joan Camara

        Yes, for people who don’t know what those letters that Jim has in his comment, it means, “its the end of the world, as we know it”

    • gingercake5

      This is actually a big deal. Check out vesseltracker dot com or marinetraffic dot com and you’ll see that ships are not moving across the oceans. This has never happened before. Some say it’s because the shippers lose money by moving anywhere right now, and some say it’s because they are demanding to be paid in yuan. But this is the reason that we see empty shelves. Crickets from the media, but go shopping while you can stock up on something.

      • Daddyotis

        GINGER: STOP!!!

        • englishvinal

          Why? Does hearing that bother you?
          It is correct.. I did my checking. Some of the ships are literally “circling in the gulf” outside the Houston port.

          • Dave Knapp

            Lazy bastards….

          • Daddyotis

            “circling in the gulf” just outside the Houston Port is NOT in the middle of the Atlantic/Pacific. “circling in the gulf” just outside the Houston Port means they are within transponder range and will thus show up on tracking. Try to read up before you respond

      • afchief

        I travel for a living and have been in stores all over the country. I have seen no empty shelves anywhere.

        • englishvinal

          Check out the Wally Marts in El Paso Texas…. not only is the inventory getting skinny but it isn’t being organized or cleaned up.

          • Dave Knapp

            Oh god, NOOOOOOOO!!!!!

      • Dave Knapp

        Well it’s a good thing we can survive on ginger cake the 😛

    • Gay Veteran

      “…What will the future job market look like?….”

      robots putting more and more people out of work

      • iris

        Agree. At one of our local groceries, an employee owned one, they installed automated check out stands, about half a dozen. I explained to a cashier that I would prefer to wait in line so that a person has a job, and the answer was that it actually helped their job security. Had a hard time with that answer, and still refuse to use them.

        • Dave Knapp

          Automated checkout…. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

        • Michael

          I use automated checkout almost exclusively. Have you tried having a conversation with some of the people working retail these days? They can’t make change much less conversation.

      • Dave Knapp

        I’m a robot and I have a dream—a dream of killing all humans 😋

  • Jim Davis

    A Walmart closed. This can only mean one thing: The Flying Spaghetti Monster will soon bring down his judgement upon America!

    • birch

      idiot

  • Lazarovic

    Keep it in stock in my size or I go online, it’s that simple. I’m tired of rude employees telling me “if we have it it’d be…” If you won’t show me where it is so I can buy it, I go online. Store filthy dirty, rude, lazy employees, nothing in stock – I go online and you go out of business. This is more about the lack of service and choice than anything else. American retailers did this to themselves, I have no sympathy.

  • DennyOR

    While the economy isn’t doing great, this is mostly a technology driven change.

  • Joan Camara

    The commenter named daddyotis said this to you, don’t know if you missed it……..”The reason there are no blips for container ships in mid-ocean is because they are out-of-range of their transponders. Once they approach a shore, their locater updates their position.” So is what he said true?

    • englishvinal

      Maybe it is true……………… so what exactly is the consequence of not tracking the ships that are “out of range”?…
      ….. Is that supposed to indicate that there are thousands of ships bringing fabulous goods to the shores of the United States…. that we just can’t see yet so we have to take them on faith, and if we just keep believing it all then the goodies will arrive for us?

      And if that is true then what happened to the thousands of ships that MUST have been tracking across the oceans 2 weeks ago… shouldn’t THEY be in port now so they can see seen on the graphs?

      Something here just isn’t “jellin’…… Hmmmm????

  • Dio Jones

    The black horse…

    Always be a light that is shininginthedark

  • Joe Crofford

    These clear signs of what’s to soon come should be important for every believer and preparing is one of the greatest examples of your faith. The last thing a father would like to see is their children suffer God forbid starve. It’s easy to talk about but when it’s your children or your neighbors these is no greater sorrow. I would suggest to prepare not only for yourself but for your neighbors. You want to win someone to Christ the fields will be ripe. God said”My people die for lack of knowledge, knowledge of what the dishonest news? He’s talking about His word He’s already told us in advance so we are not caught off guard. We need to realize the only way we will be able to survive and feel safe that is when your community is Ok.

    • watchmannonthewall

      Yes, very true! God’s knowledge = His Word. Hosea wrote, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected KNOWLEDGE, I will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the Law of your God, [i.e. rejected His knowledge], I also will forget your children.” (Hosea 4:6) A mathmatical equation of this verse woud look like this: My love for My Knowledge = your love for your children! God’s Law is as important to Him as our children are to us!

      Another excellent verse, also only quoted partially by much of today’s Church is, “Where there is no vision, the people perish, but happy is he who keeps the Law.” Again, the equation is, “Proper vision = Keeping the Law”! today’s Church leavs off the last part of the verse.

      We keep the Law not for salvation, but because we are saved. John the Apostle said, “The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him’, and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the Truth is not in him; but whosoever keeps His Word, in him the love of God has truely been perfected. By this we know we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” (1 John 2:4-6) So did Jesus walk in obedience to the Law of Moses? I’m sure He did since He was the one who spoke it “face to face” with Moses. (Ex.33:11 as compared to Ex. 33:18-23)

  • Davis C

    Saddens me when you think of all the small businesses, gas stations, and markets that were forced out of business by Walmart.

  • Peter Antonocci

    this web site is so ironic. they stir up fear by telling you that your local stores are going away..but all this site is is selling talking points so you will feel compelled to buy stuff from the internet…from THEIR ADVERTISERS, that pay them money to appear here. they are merely pedaling fear so their clients will make money, so they can keep up revenue from advertisers.. so there are too many retailers out there right now, and the ones losing money are going out of business. is anyone going hungry because it is impossible to buy food or unable to buy something simply because it is unavailable? maybe people are buying less stuff from overseas because they want to buy American? maybe they have almost everything they need already? buying off the internet is so easy and convenient, why drive somewhere to get kinda what you want for maybe a good price when you can get exactly what you want at the best price delivered to your door?

  • Mammon

    1. UN chief of Migration, chairman Goldman-Sachs bank.
    2. CFR globalist Ted Cruz’s wife works for Goldman-Sachs.
    3. Sydney Blumenthal, John Podesta not Muslims, work for Hillary.
    4. Rupert Murdoch says ‘Bloomberg would make a good president.’
    5. Filthy kíke Mike Bloomberg sells Sharia financial services.
    6. Syrian “rebel” terrorists met Keating 5 Senator McCain.
    7. Sheldon Adelson bankrolls Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
    8. George Soros, public enemy #1 in Russia, just gave Hillary 8 million.
    9. Bernie Sanders needs to “feel the Bern” in a big oven.

  • Marty Mann

    We are all born into sin. Its not something that folks just decide one day and say “I think I’ll be gay from now on”. If thats true then maybe babies in the wombs of drug addict mothers that are then born addicts themselves should ask God for forgiveness for having drugs in their system even though their mothers caused the problem.

    • Dave Knapp

      Look–ALL I know is that the more my cat wants to show ownership or affection, the more it tries to shove it’s little CAT HOLE right in my FACE!!!! The cat ain’t gay, but this behavior is……cute? =^x

      • Dave Knapp

        And there is nothing I can do…the cat literally OWNS the apt.

    • Michael

      You can’t seriously be comparing pre-natal drug addiction to the choice of being a homosexual?? And folks do decide to be gay. Read the stories of those who were practcing a homosexual lifestyle then found salvation though Christ.

  • englishvinal

    Maybe not… the sick scientists have been messing with the human genome secretly for the past 40 years…
    I see the homosexual behavior as a “choice”, because for me it would be (and not possible), but I am reading technical science articles that show how sexuality is being “altered” purposely both in animals and in mankind.
    The result is something other than normal… and it is UN-productive. It does not foster humankind in any way. Therefore it is a parasite in every sense of the word …… perhaps it is Prince Charles’s idea of unique birth control for the “useless eaters”?

    Whatever it was meant to be, it has turned out to be fetid.

  • Loptr

    Why do these topics constantly ferret out the religious nutters that feel compelled to share / impose their pagan beliefs on the balance of society?