Archive for the 'Check Out' Category

Makes “Check Out” look like a masterpiece.

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Anybody remember Check Out? It clearly died a long time ago. However, the Walmartians’ Twitter feeds are alive and well and perhaps even more dull. Based on a link from the post immediately below this one I started with this guy and died of boredom shortly thereafter.

Apparently it takes genius to put up a web site and enable comments.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Apparently, Walmart is engaging massive audiences online using social media. How do we know? Walmart told some blogger and then everybody Twittered it (see the comments). Personally, I’m skeptical. After all, these are the same people responsible for Checkout (which now has 16 authors and about one post per month).

R.I.P.

Monday, September 14th, 2009

The last post at Check Out was over a month ago.

Paging Rand Waddoups! Paging Rand Waddoups!

Friday, July 17th, 2009

If Walmart’s new sustainability index is so great, you’d think someone might bother to blog about it over at Check Out, wouldn’t you?

Walmart’s PR campaign has the momentum of a runaway freight train. Why is the company so popular?

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

I haven’t had a chance to pick on Walmart’s blog inane internet sales diary, Check Out, for some time now, mostly since they hardly post anything over there anymore. Yet shockingly enough, two posts came up there in the last 24 hours. I’m not touching Twilight again, but the interview with Margaret McKenna, the president […]

Is the old excuse no longer operative?

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Good for Walmart!: With the Thanksgiving season upon us, Walmart today announced that its Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets will partner with Feeding America, the nation’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization, to provide an estimated 90 million pounds of food annually – the equivalent of 70 million meals – to families in need by the end of […]

Someone (not you Someone, someone else) is falling down on the job here.

Monday, September 29th, 2008

OK, this isn’t exactly the most important thing in the world, but I’m posting it anyways: Yesterday, when I saw that Rand had posted on plastic bags at Check Out, I dropped a comment here to let Jeff know. I then left a comment there. I don’t remember the exact wording, but it was a […]

Wal-Mart Watch writes my post for me.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

I was thinking about writing something like this, but Wal-Mart Watch beat me to it: Remember Wal-Mart’s Check Out Blog? The one that the New York Times gushed over back in March? The rowdy band of nine fearless buyers Wal-Mart unleashed to conquer the blogosphere with unfiltered wit and opinion? The birth of Check Out […]

Walmart angers customers at Check Out (again).

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

First it was Blu Ray. Then it was milk. Now Walmart has stepped in it again on the issue of green gaming. What’s green gaming? Sustainable video games, of course. As usual, Walmart is on the right side of this issue, but also as usual they’re blowing this WAY out of proportion. This is Joe […]

In which Rand calls me out.

Friday, July 25th, 2008

From Check Out: Jonathan…your thoughts are always good. I applaud Tesco for pushing the conversation about carbon labeling, but this one has to be done right. You will see more from Walmart on this topic. I can’t think of anything that could impact sustainability more than if every customer could easily know what products are […]

Wal-Mart’s customers have the power to make the company do the right thing.

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

I want to use a very good Daily Kos diary by my friend (and fellow vegetarian) OrangeClouds115 to elaborate further on the point I made yesterday about Wal-Mart and local food. OC has found a very respectable study out of Cornell that credits rBST (that Monsanto hormone they give to cows to make them produce […]

“Locavore” is so last year.

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Many props to the nice folks at Edelman for actually posting my carbon labeling question on Rand Waddoups’ local food post over at Check Out. Many more props will go to Rand if he actually answers it directly. The rest of this post will be devoted to why I doubt he will. Looking back at […]

It’s not “Jim and Laura” again, but it’s still the same problem.

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Rand is back, bragging about the wonders of smaller bottles of laundry detergent: Second, these changes are great b/c they end up being about more than just Wal-Mart. Because this was done in partnership with the suppliers of detergent focused on efficiency across the entire supply chain, the impact will be seen at the rest […]

Soy milk: Still very yummy!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

I was over visiting Check Out this morning to see if any of those busy Wal-Mart buyers had bothered to blog in the last week (they haven’t) when I noticed that Rand’s “Wal-Mart hates rBST” post was up to 246 comments. 246! I actually started reading them all, and you know what? The commentators aren’t […]

Question of the day.

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

How come every blogger in the world who thinks Check Out is a good blog works in the PR or advertising industries?