I just spoke with ‘Tanya’ at Corporate Headquarters in Bentonville, AR.
(and you better be grateful, 'cuz although I was only on hold for 7 mins, the techno bop I had to listen to was painful!)
Here is what has happened.
As you likely know, their sales are tracked at ‘the point of sale.’ IOW, their cash registers immediately send the sales into their computer banks, keeping track of what they need to order.
There were so many sales, the system crashed.
They are at this moment, changing their software to ‘read’ batches, rather than single boxes, in an attempt to avoid that problem in the future.
In the meantime, there is no point in anyone ordering ammo, (manager, or otherwise), because there is no system there to accept the order.
So, nobody “forbid” the managers from ordering; they simply can’t.
I neglected to ask how long it might take to get the new software up and runnning, but the answer would most likely have been, “I don’t know.”
She did, however, confirm that Wal-Mart has absolutely nothing against selling ammo, and are wanting, themselves, to have it available to customers asap.