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A Super Duper WalMart

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

The average size of a WalMart super store in the USA is 205,000 sq. ft. But there is now a new classification based on size. The Super Duper WalMart. It’s being built in Albany, NY and at 260,000 sq. ft. it will be the biggest WalMart in the USA. This is a two story building […]

WalMart – The Future of Medicine

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

A couple days ago, in a post at Salon.com , Dr. Rahul K. Parikh MD argued that WalMart can be good for your health. He argues that “retail” medical clinics may be the answers to our health problems. On the other hand, retail clinics are thriving. They provide excellent access. After all, what’s more convenient […]

Wal-Mart is No General Motors

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Harold Meyerson writes an op-ed in todays NYT about how the USA is now a nation of consumers. Seventy percent of our GNP is due to consuming goods rather than producing them. He points out that this is not always the way it was. In the four decades following World War II, our largest employer […]

WalMart Unsustainable?

Friday, September 28th, 2007

An article by Ruben Garcia and Andrea Buffa posted on common dreams discusses the sustainability of WalMart. The post is pretty much a summary of what we already know about WalMart, but it ends with this paragraph: It’s time to counter some of the hype about Wal-Mart’s sustainability. On Saturday, November 17th, the Saturday before […]

Tom Coughlin Wal-Mart Ex-Vice-Chair Must Be Resentenced

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Tom Coughlin’s sentence of 27 months of home detention, 33 months of additional probation and $500,000 fine was too lenient says a US Circuit Court of Appeals. Coughlin pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud and one count of filing false tax returns — all felonies — in January 2006. He could have been […]

Wal-Mart Advocates for You!

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Wal-Mart is working hard….very hard to be your advocate. So says Laura Phillips, Wal-Mart’s merchandise manager of toys. I wish I wouldn’t come across articles like the one cited above. I tend to spit my coffee all over due to laughing when I see them. I have two questions. First, do Wal-Mart executives believe their […]

Lead Paint Leads to Low Wal-Mart Prices?

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Here is an interesting statement made by CNBC’s Erin Burnett concerning the US economy, China and Wal-Mart: “A lot of people like to say, uh, scaremonger about China, right? A lot of politicians, and I know you talk about that issue all the time. I think people should be careful what they wish for on […]

Saranac Lake, NY Kicks off Selling Shares for a Community Store

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

A lot of us were opposed to a Wal-Mart big box being located in our little Adirondack Mt. community of Saranac Lake, NY (pop. 5000). But many of us are putting our money where our mouths were and we are well on the way to building a community store. The organizers started selling shares yesterday. […]

Wal-Mart Sells Jesus Action Figures

Monday, July 16th, 2007

For those parents who don’t want their kids playing with “supernatural” action figures, you will soon be able to purchase Jesus action figures. You will also be able to purchase Sampson and Danial action figures. Do any lions come with the Danial figure (yes)? The toys are produced by One2believe. The toys will be sold […]

Wal-Mart Critics Joining Edwards Campaign?

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

In yesterdays Washington Post. Paul Blank, the campaign director of Wake Up Wal-Mart, and its chief spokesman, Chris Kofinis, are in final discussions with the Edwards campaign and could leave in a few days. The group was founded by the United Food and Commercial Workers two years ago after the failure of several well-publicized attempts […]

Banned From Wal-Mart

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Say you are in Wal-Mart shopping and you hear a child yelling and crying and screaming. DON’T call the police. You will be banned from the store if you do. A woman was issued a warning for trespassing and asked to leave a Wal-Mart after she called police when she heard a young girl who […]

Bank of Wal-Mart

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Wal-Mart finally has its banking business. Ron Galloway has an interesting article in the Huffington Post. Wal-Mart getting into the banking business is all about the profit margin. Selling cheap crap is very low margin but banking……you can make some serious cash in that business. Wal-Mart’s net margin on its existing retail business is 3.6%. […]

China Passes New Labor Law

Friday, June 29th, 2007

It’s reported in todays New York Times that China has passed a sweeping new labor law. The law, which is to take effect in 2008, also enhances the role of the Communist Party’s monopoly union and allows collective bargaining for wages and benefits. It softens some provisions that foreign companies said would hurt China’s competitiveness, […]

Wal-Mart Link to Terrorism?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Well, the ad actually says Wal-Mart sends dollars to China and China sends weapons to Afghanistan. I agree the ad is thought provoking. But it’s not one I personally approve of. It reminds me of the tactics of fear used by the Bush administration to bring our nation to war in Iraq.

Wal-Mart: Put your money where your mouth is

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Wal-Mart asks: can a lightbulb change the world? If you haven’t seen the Wal-Mart tv commerical for compact fluorescent bulbs you can view it here. If everyone of Wal-Mart’s 180 million customers bought one of these light bulbs it would save the customer money and help the environment. It would be like putting the equivalent […]