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In Front with Wal-Mart

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Yesterday Jonathan asked if anyone was brave enough to watch the debut episode of Wal-Mart’s new television show, In Front with Wal-Mart, and give a report. Of course I opened my big mouth and said I could handle it. In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have. The show reminded me of those videos they show at […]

Dear Wal-Mart,

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

I’m sure you followed the election on Tuesday, and you are probably aware that the Democrats won control of Congress. Unless you are completely obtuse, I’m sure it hasn’t escaped your attention that this could mean a minimum wage increase next year. So, what will you do? If you act in the same manner you […]

Wal-Mart’s ‘New’ Attendance Policy

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Wal-Mart Watch and Wake Up Wal-Mart are touting an article from the Wall Street Journal discussing the company’s “new” attendance policy. The new policy instructs employees requesting time off for illness to call an 800 number to get a code and then relay that code to their store manager for approval of their absence. Previously, […]

Wal-Mart in New Orleans: Some Backstory

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Posing as fictitious HUD official “Rene Oswin,” one of the innovative political activists known as the Yes Men spoke in New Orleans Monday, as part of a panel which featured Mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. After detailing a complete policy reversal in which he declared that public housing would be repaired […]

Is Attacking Wal-Mart Smart Politics?

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

The topic of Wal-Mart is a difficult one to broach. On one hand, the prices that Wal-Mart charges are legendarily low, in large part due to their highly efficient supply chain system. Its praises have been sung far and wide by business leaders and in the marketing textbooks that business students like myself study from. […]