Archive for the 'Research' Category

WE ARE ALL WALMART…

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

[Jonathan linked yesterday to this story, but here’s my 2 cents.] Over the years, Time Magazine has named controversial individuals as its Man Of The Year and the magazine has rightly reminded us that the honor is neither positive nor negative but to the person who most effected the year. That’s how I view the […]

Another Zogby Poll

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

I just participated in another online Zogby poll, even though I asked them to take me off the list. This seems to have been a (pre-election) push poll to instill negative thoughts about Obama in the participants mind. In addition it pushed several rightwing misconceptions much in vogue. I clipped out several questions to show […]

Coming to a Walmart near you?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Shops track customers via mobile phone Customers in shopping centres are having their every move tracked by a new type of surveillance that listens in on the whisperings of their mobile phones. The technology can tell when people enter a shopping centre, what stores they visit, how long they remain there, and what route they […]

I CALL BULL SHIT…!

Friday, September 14th, 2007

This is the headline, Report: Wal-Mart Saves Families $2,500 a Year. Wal-Mart pulled this same stunt using the same number cruncher, Global Insights, two years ago. The claim, as stated in the headline, is patently ludicrous on it’s face. But I guarantee that mindless business reporters will repeat the silly claim. [As an aside, I’ll […]

IT’S NOT WHAT YOU ASK, BUT HOW YOU ASK IT…

Monday, January 15th, 2007

A great deal has been written in the last couple of weeks about Quinnipiac University’s poll on Wal-Mart. Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, was kind enough to point me to the complete surveys for Ohio and Florida. (The choice of states is an interesting one.) The survey asked respondents 29 […]

WAL MART RETARDS GROWTH…

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Counties with a Wal-Mart store experience slower growth in their standard of living than those without the world’s largest retailer. That’s the lede on an Associated Press story out this morning on The Effect of Wal-Mart on the Economic Growth of Nebraska Counties. The study arises from a master’s thesis written by Gibson Nene that […]

CORRECTION…

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Last week in Buying Good Press…, I reported on Wal Mart’s donations to Conservative think flack tanks. The New York Times, which was the source of the story, has corrected part of its story. Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan. From yesterday’s Times: An article in Business Day on Friday reported that the Walton Family Foundation […]

BUYING GOOD PRESS…

Friday, September 8th, 2006

It looks as if the buying of good buzz on the Internet just isn’t working out as well as the Bentonvile Behemoth thought it might. Not that sock puppet bloggers aren’t churning out accolades, they are, but not enough people are reading. So Wal Mart has bought the big guns: conservative think flack tanks. From […]

THE WAL MART EFFECT ON DIANE REHM…

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Charles Fishman was on The Diane Rehm show ths morning. Rehm, possibly the most even-handed of all radio voices, invited Wal Mart to be part of the show but it declined. Fishman’s fisking of the letter declining the invitation alone is worth a listen. The first piece that Fishman picked from the letter was Wally […]