Archive for the 'Walmart' Category

THE WORST WALMART IN AMERICA…? MAY BE…

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Back in the spring of 2004 a band of bloggers came together in Cleveland, Ohio following the announcement that Walmart would be the major anchor for a major retail development to be called Steelyard Commons. We thought the development was a horrible idea and created No Cleveland Walmart. We lost that battle. From the ashes, […]

MADE IN ‘MERICA, YEAH…!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

As a child in the early ’60s, at a time when the label Made In Japan was looked upon with scorn, I remember a meme (almost certainly malicious and false) that those wily Japanese had renamed one of their cities Usa so that they might flood our markets with cheap (mostly tin rather than plastic) […]

IF ONLY WALMART CONTROLLED THE MESSAGE…

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

The wet dream of any individual in the public arena, or any corporation desirous of only good press, is to own a media outlet that people trust: think NBC and General Electric or Rupert Murdoch and Fox News. Over the years Walmart has attempted to broadcast a friend vibe, but that hasn’t always worked as […]

WALMART PAYS UNIVERSITY NEARLY $2 MILLION…

Monday, April 25th, 2016

This story has a strange vibe. The headline from Arkansas Business declares: Wal-Mart Reveals $1.9M Paid to UA in FY 2015 and adds the note that while the University expects future payments of the same, stockholders might not be told because: Wal-Mart has to disclose its dealings with the UA because former Chancellor G. David […]

FRANK SWANSON BACK AT NOT-WALMART WORK…

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

So, the cashier Frank Swanson started a new job at one of Walmart’s competitors. In today’s litigious society, mega corporations like Walmart have to have meticulous, lawyer-approved, rules and regulations in place where matters of hiring and firing are concerned. Sometimes, however, the rules, devoid of any human touch, can backfire. Donald Bradley, reporting in […]

WALMART KICKS DOORBUSTERS SHUT…

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Seven years after Walmart employee Jdimytai Damour was trampled to death by the stampede of shoppers in the blitz line busting through the doors, Walmart has decided that Doorbusters were simply too literal. Bill Blare, reporting in No more doorbusters at Walmart at Junior College, writes: Wal-Mart said that stock will include more than a […]

CYBER FRIDAY FOR THE BLESSED…

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Braving hypothermia huddling in line on a long cold night them fighting to avoid being trampled in the mad rush to wrap your arms around a really cheap flat screen television are declasse. Forget Cyber Monday, Walmart is not waiting to snare those on the other side of the digital divide to boost Black Friday. […]

WALMART LAUNCHES TOY WEEK/BLACK FRIDAY…

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Ho! Ho! Ho! The holiday shopping season starts Friday, 4 September, at Walmart, nearly three months before Black Friday and a whopping 112 days before Christmas. Krystina Gustafson, in Wal-Mart’s Holiday Layaway Program Begins Two Weeks Earlier for NBC News, breathlessly tell us” Wal-Mart shoppers will be able get a head start on their holiday […]

WALMART CULLED MADE-IN-THE-USA FIELD…

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Walmart must bear great responsibility for drastically winnowing the expanse of manufacturing in the United States by demanding suppliers constantly hit lower and lower cost targets to feed the Bentonvile Behemoths lust for falling prices. That strategy worked in the short term, but now the company wants to once again tout the Made In The […]

SAM’S CLUB WANTS TO GO UPSCALE…?

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

I learned a fact about Walmart today that I never knew before: households earning $45,000 a year are the Bentonvile Behemoths sweet spot. Not coincidentally, I’m sure, the most recent figure (2013) for the median household income in the Unites States s $51,939. So, Walmart wants to low-ball the median by just a skosh. Sam’s […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

How do you really feel about Walmart? Here’s your chance to express your true feelings—pro and con—about the world’s largest retailer. Write whatever you like in the comments section and engage your fellow readers in the conversation. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

How do you really feel about Walmart? Here’s your chance to express your true feelings—pro and con—about the world’s largest retailer. Write whatever you like in the comments section and engage your fellow readers in the conversation. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

WALMART AND JOHN CRAWFORD III…

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Tuesday, 5 August, will mark the first anniversary of the murder of John Crawford III for shopping-while-black in a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. While Crawford’s death was far from the first, and sadly not the last, death of an unarmed Black man at the hands of police, the killing can be […]

ENGAGING IS NOT HIRING

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

So, 18 corporations band together to engage, not hire an average of 5,556 young people each over the next three years. Lots of public relations bells and whistles, not a lot of even marginal substance. Big Whoop. More than a dozen leading, U.S.-based companies today announced the formation of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, which has […]

WHO BUYS BETTER-QUALITY AT WALMART…?

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Walmart’s re-invigoration of the Made in the USA campaign has attracted attention downunder where writer Nick Carey thinks: Wal-Mart is taking its ‘Made in America’ initiative to the extreme. (Not really, to be fair, headlines are almost never written by reporters but by someone on the copy desk with a click-bait mandates.) What caught my […]