Archive for the 'International' Category

WALMART FIRST, WORKERS LAST…

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

If you’re going to hang the greater part of your very existence to selling cheap plastic crap from China to Americans then cutting out the cost of shipping by selling cheap plastic crap from China in China makes perfect sense. That has been part of Walmart’s strategy for 20 years. There have been bumps in […]

COULD WALMART MAKE UGLY THE NEW CUTE…?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

[Update on 13 July @ 0600: Suzanne Goldenberg, writes Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests.] While I was in college I volunteered at the local food co-op once a week in exchange for a discount on food I bought there. I stocked shelves, sliced and wrapped cheese and performed […]

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) […]

WALMART INSUFFICIENTLY GUILTY FOR JUDGE…

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Walmart is guilty, just not guilty enough, according to Chancellor Andre Bouchard of the Court of Chancery in Wilmington, Delaware. Bouchard. Bouchard dismissed a lawsuit by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. shareholders who accused the board of the world’s largest retailer of trying to cover up bribes paid by company executives in Mexico, according to Tom Hals […]

VOLUNTARILY EAT FOOD FROM WALMART…?

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

I’ll say up front that Tim Worstall has found a better way to make a living with his journalistic skills than I have. He managed to turn his blogging skills into a regular gig for Forbes while there are moths circling my mailbox for all the offers I’ve had. Having said that, I’ll take my […]

WALMART GETTING AHEAD OF TRUMP’S WALL…?

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Much of the news concerning Americans not living in the United States of late has been focused on the Republican obsession illegal immigration: Donald Trump and the mythical idea that a Game-Of-Thronesesque wall can keep the White Walkers undesirables out. Good luck with that. Walmart, however, has a more enlightened view of our neighbors to […]

WHY DIDN’T WALMART’S REVENUES CLIMB…?

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Last week I noted that for the first time in decades, Walmart’s revenue failed to keep the Bentonvile Behemoth at the top of the retail food chain. Analysts are spinning their own take on the event and Daniel Jennings, opining in Why Aren’t Low Prices Helping Wal-Mart’s Revenues? for Seeking Alpha offers this long list: […]

WALMART NO LONGER LARGEST RETAILER…

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Walmart is no longer king of the hill in the retailer universe, and the Bentonvile Behemoth didn’t lose that coveted spot to Amazon. No, the new behemoth is China’s Alibaba Group. There is no hint of this at present, but I have to wonder if the retailer famous for importing cheap plastic crap from China […]

CAN WALMART BRING TONKA BACK TO THE U.S….?

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

My brothers and I had more than a few Tonka trucks when I we were still in single-digit. Their sturdy metal construction stood up to serious earth moving in our back yard and many of the vehicles got passed down over the years and are still in good, if battered, shape. Like most toys today, […]

KEEP OFF NIGERIA WALMART…!

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Could Nigeria become another India for Walmart? The situation is different, Nigeria has no institutional or governmental barriers to the Bentonvile Behemoth stomping into the country and trampling local businesses, but the Nigerian heart may be up to the task. In Keep Off Nigeria!—Workers Tell Walmart, Ademola Adegbamigbe writes: The Federation of Informal Workers’ Organizations […]

CAN WALMART PULL OFF A REBOOT IN INDIA…?

Friday, August 14th, 2015

India is the second most populous nation on the planet and the most populous Democratic nation. As such the country has the potential to be a Capitalist’s El Dorado. The challenge for the world’s largest retailer is that India had a very bad experience the last time a foreign corporation showed up and Indians have […]

REMEMBER THOSE ASIA SUBCONTRACTOR TIFFS…?

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Walmart—and to be fair, many other garment wholesalers and retailers doing business in Asia—has long been rightly pilloried for the way workers making all that cheap plastic (wearable) crap from China Asia are mistreated. As recently as June, Just Style ran with the headline: Wal-Mart Asia accused of garment worker abuses. Problems with subcontractors, however, […]

WALMART IS A RACE TO THE BOTTOM

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Yesterday I wrote about Nwike Ojukwu’s views on Walmart coming to Lagos State, Nigeria. Ojukwu had reservations. Today, a second African voice, that of Chidi Oguamanam, also writing for Sahara Reporters in Before Wal-Mart Comes to Nigeria, speaks out about the Bentonvile Behemoth. Recently, the Governor of Lagos, Nigeria’s most cosmopolitan State, was full of […]

WILL WALMART CHANGE NIGERIAN EMAILS…?

Friday, August 7th, 2015

I’ve written before about Walmart in Africa and about the experiences of a Nigerian selling ethnic cuisine to Walmart customers. Now I read about Nwike Ojukwu concerns surrounding Walmart’s entrance into Lagos State. In Wal-Mart Is Coming To Lagos? Seriously? for Sahara Reporters, Ojukwu writes: I read with consternation the statement credited to Governor Ambode […]

WALMART SWALLOWS E-SELLER YIHAODIAN…

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

People who might not be caught dead walking into a Walmart store may choose to shop at Walmart online because no one but their postal worker would ever know. As Amazon has shown, bricks and mortar are no longer the path to retail riches and in the world’s most populace nation, Walmart has secured a […]