Archive for the 'Outsourcing' Category


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, […]


Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Walmart is infamous for squeezing suppliers until they pop. American companies like Rubbermaid have been crushed because they could not meet Walmart’s demands and stay in a business where they treated their employees like humans and not interchangeable drones. Walmart has raised wages and now the Bentonvile Behemoth needs to squeeze those dollars from anywhere […]


Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

I remember hearing a—false—story when I was a child that the Japanese had renamed one of their cities Usa so that they could stamp products made there as Made In USA. As I discovered this morning, there is a Usa, Japan but the small city is not a export scam. Besides, marketers don’t need a […]


Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

I don’t have the figure at hands, but I can imagine that over the past two or three decades, Walmart has imported tens? hundreds? of billions of dollars worth of cheap plastic crap from China at the expense of Sam Walton’s good-intentioned but failed campaign to champion the Made in America label. Can the company […]

Price discrimination.

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

While I certainly understand where the critics in this story are coming from, I don’t think this is a sign that Walmart is a racist company. I’m outraged that you can buy any Barbie doll for just $5.93. Little girls who choose to play with Barbie should treasure and love their dolls. Pricing them about […]

Walmart’s Buy America program was a scam.

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Sure you already knew that, but isn’t it nice to have Nelson Lichtenstein confirm it for you? (p. 155): “Even today, long after its formal abandonment, Wal-Mart is thought of as a more “American” firm than some of its competitors that actually import fewer goods. It is possible that the Buy American program did briefly […]

“Any inspections actually performed by Wal-Mart were … gratuitous.”

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

It’s official: Walmart’s code of conduct for foreign factories is now a legally-certified joke. The San Francisco Chronicle: Workers in foreign factories that supply Wal-Mart can’t blame the company for their alleged sweatshop conditions, despite the retail giant’s code of conduct that’s supposed to hold its contractors to decent labor standards, a federal appeals court […]

Walmart’s entire business model.

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Dave Johnson would be just about the best blogger I’ve ever read this side of Josh Marshall. [And it’s no coincidence that I’ve been reading both of them since before I knew what a blog even was.] His normal haunt is Seeing the Forest, but here at the Huffington Post he puts almost everything wrong […]


Sunday, June 14th, 2009

One of the reasons I think Walmart and its peers are not good for a community is that they represent a net capital loss to the community, first to other parts of the country and, particularly in Walmart’s case, a net capital loss to the nation. How does that work? From The Institute for Local […]

Is this why most entry-level Walmart workers are women?

Monday, June 8th, 2009

I saved this one for here after stumbling across it while I was on vacation. Is it a sexist analysis or a simple declaration of fact? We excerpt, you decide: As low- and semi-skilled manual jobs disappear, working-class men are getting hammered – and so is their masculinity. “Manual labour has been a key source […]


Thursday, September 25th, 2008

If you’re a Walmart Mom, Voter or just plain shopper living in North Carolina, your favorite place to find cheap plastic crap from China Vietnam and Thailand just handed your neighbors, and possibly your own family, a big thank you… By sending another 1,345 jobs from your state out of the country. From Al Norman: […]

Wal-Mart is No General Motors

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Harold Meyerson writes an op-ed in todays NYT about how the USA is now a nation of consumers. Seventy percent of our GNP is due to consuming goods rather than producing them. He points out that this is not always the way it was. In the four decades following World War II, our largest employer […]

Is the China Boom Over?

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

It seems the free ride that foreign firms have been getting by having production relocate to China may be ending. We’ve talked about other aspects of this before, and how some think that production will shift to Vietnam or other lower cost nations, but I don’t think such small countries can replace the capacity of […]

You Are What You Spend

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

This entry will seem a bit too theoretical, but bear with me and I’ll tie it to Walmart at the end. You Are What You Spend Two economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas show that things aren’t really as bad as some might think for the bottom fifth since they are spending twice […]

More on Hillary and Walmart

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Bill Clinton Defends Wife’s Work on Wal-Mart Board He starts off alright, but then… “When she was asked to go on the board of Wal-Mart, they had no women in positions of management, and they had no environmental profile,” he said during a campaign event in Lexington, S.C., Thursday. “And she was asked if she […]