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You Are the Focus of WalMart’s Attention and They Will Respond to Your Needs

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Thomas found this brilliant work of protest art based on WalMart’s unfair labor practices. It’s a walking tour of a WalMart in Skowhegan, Maine: SweatShopper.org is an ongoing art project and  home of— The Wal-Mart Standoff — a soundseeing tour designed to be experienced in your local Wal-Mart. The tour calls attention to Wal-Mart’s surveillance […]

WalMart Saves Judaism!

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

On Tuesday, the NYT ran a front page story with the headline In Wal-Mart’s Home, Synagogue Signals Growth. It’s about how Bentonville, home of WalMart, is benefiting from the world’s largest retailer locating there. Residents of Benton County, in the northwest corner of Arkansas, are proud citizens of the Bible Belt. At last count, they […]

The Right to Unionize is a Human Right

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

So says Norway, which is dumping WalMart stock from its Government Pension Fund (worth about USD 250 billion). (via Sirocco’s dKos diary) US-based Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer with revenues of nearly USD 300 billion, has been harshly criticized for its labour practices. Norway’s Council on Ethics claimed that an “extensive body of material indicates […]

WalMart Wages War on Easter

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

Regular readers of my home blog, where this is cross-posted, know how eagerly I, a dedicated WalMart watcher, anticipate the same-store sales reports.  I don’t kid myself into thinking that one month or even a few months of bad numbers really hurts WalMart.   I know that they’re planning to ride out their difficulties in the […]

Selective Shoppers

Monday, March 27th, 2006

I know that I’m senstive on the subject of class. But this description of a new “upscale” WalMart store built for “selective shoppers” made my skin crawl. Read it while keeping in mind WalMart’s constant cries of class war! every time someone tries to get the retail giant to do the right thing by its […]

YOU Caught Our Eye in Bentonville!

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

Bloggers!  Are you spending too much time reading newspapers and other blogs trying to keep up with the news of the day?   Are you wasting valuable blogging time thinking about different angles for popular stories?   Are you sick of all that linking you have to do to your sources?  Well, no more!  WalMart has the […]

Coming in Third

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Nothing about watching WalMart makes me happier than when I can click over to a business site for the most recent monthly same-store sales figures and read bad news for the World’s Largest Retailer. Last month was a corker. Here’s the snapshot: Wal-Mart reported a 3.2 percent increase in same-store sales, in line with the […]

Interesting Times

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Everyone knows that Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” Reading all the news about WalMart lately has to make one believe that executives at the World’s Largest Reetailer are wishing that these times were a lot less interesting for them. The biggest current worry for them must the push for Fair Share Health […]

Fair Share Health Care Comes to New Jersey

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Wal-Mart Watch is adding New Jersey to the list of states helping Wal-Mart to see the error of it’s Freeloading as Business Model ways. Representatives of the group will be testifying today to a New Jersey Senate committee looking into making New Jersey a Fair Share Health Care state. Good for them. They also have […]

When It Rains, It Pours

Friday, January 20th, 2006

WalMart has taken some big hits in row lately. First Maryland’s Fair Share Healthcare bill overcame Ehlrich’s veto. Yesterday Jordan Barab reported that the secret sweetheart deal that allowed WalMart 15 days lead time before the DoL even began any wage-and-hour audit or investigation has quietly been allowed to lapse. Of course, that deal was […]

WalMart Starting to Sound Needy

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

After all the hype, the guarantees that sales will be fabulous, all the trampled customers and all the vows not to repeat the mistakes of last year, WalMart’s December sales are at the low end of already low expectations: Wal-Mart Stores, which mounted an unprecedented holiday marketing campaign featuring $400 laptops and celebrity-laden television commercials, […]