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The Wal-Mart PR War

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

There’s an interesting editorial in the NY Sun today on how the “Wal-Mart War” is now a sophisticated PR battle comparable to an intensely fought presidential campaign: Wal-Mart’s recent travails may be reverberating in the business world, but they’re having just as big an impact on the political world. The Wal-Mart Wars, fought by two […]

New York Suburb Worried About Super Wal-Mart

Friday, November 11th, 2005

A Wal-Mart Supercenter planned for Monsey in Rockland County (where I grew up) is generating controversy especially because of its potential traffic impact. Residents and officials in this New York suburb worry that the main access point, Route 59, is virtually impassable during peak times and that adding a 215,000 sq. ft. store will only […]

Wal-Mart Movie: A Review

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

I just got back from the world premiere of the Wal-Mart Movie and couldn’t be more impressed. The film deals with a lot the usual Wal-Mart criticisms – affects on small business, workers, unions, the environment and health care – but does so in a uniquely engaging way. By talking directly to mom and pop […]

Wal-Mart and the Numbers

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

One of the staple pro-Wal-Mart arguments is that the store creates jobs and hence contributes to the economic betterment of an area. However, critics continually point out that job creation cannot be viewed in a vacuum, that the Wal-Mart jobs added need to be balanced with those jobs lost due to store closings or cutbacks. […]